7 Surprisingly Low Budget Effects In Big Budget Movies ................. good low-light image quality: Canon DC330, ZR900, and ZR950 top-scoring camcorders in Consumer Report’s tests. The DC330 is a little more expensive but still within your budget, and it has a longer battery life. The DC330 and the ZR900 tied for the top score among all camcorders tested. The DC330 records on DVD media (DVD-R, DVD-r DL, and DVD-RW), while the other two record on MiniDV. Don't go for hard rive models.