The videocamera segment is also smarting from the smartphone trend: Revenue dropped by nearly 50% between 2010 and 2011, and continued to fall last year, according to Euromonitor International.
While models with HD shooting capability and 10x optical zoom went for as much as $1,500 a few years ago, you can now find good options for under $400, says Chris Chute of IDC. And Sony recently cut the cost of some of its models by $50.
For stills and video: Sony HDR-CX220/L, $200
For video alone: Panasonic HC-V10 HD, $187
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