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Remember camcorders? They were those things you shot crappy video of your friends and family with, back before every phone and still camera on Earth gained the ability to shoot decent high-definition video. This year, they're trying to ride 4K all the way to a comeback.

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If there's one telltale sign that a video wasn't produced by a professional, it's usually the crappy sound accompanying the footage. The microphones on a smartphone or a cheap camcorder are awful at best, which is why companies like Sony and Zoom are finally releasing models with stereo mics that will help your amateur productions sound a lot less amateur.

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As TV manufacturers and broadcasters gear up to deliver 4K video to people's living rooms, there still aren't many options for regular folk who want to shoot super high resolution footage of their own. Sony wants to lead that charge with a new camcorder that will make 4K simple, manageable, and most of all (relatively) affordable. With, of course, some compromises.

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Zoom makes some fine audio recording equipment — not the best in the industry, but they're generally fantastic value. Now, with the Q2HD, the company has added video-recording capability to a nice handheld field microphone. Is it going to make you the next Ron Burgundy?

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Action cams have always sounded great. Just strap them to a bike, a surfboard, a car or a helmet, and record a ride from the daredevil's point of view. Now they're getting fancy, with full 1080p HD recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. So which is the right one to capture your classic runs and epic wipeouts?

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Since the Canon 5D Mark II emerged almost four years ago, many pro videographers on a budget have shot their material exclusively with DSLRs. They've loved every minute of it. But they've been waiting for the next big thing — a dedicated video camera with a large sensor, interchangeable lenses and no compromises. The Canon C300 might just be that machine.