If you're looking for some fabulous pocket camcorders to bring along to your next adventure, you've come to the right place! Pocket camcorders are getting really popular due to their immensely portable form factors.
Many of them come with very nice feature sets and give you powerful video shooting capabilities while on the go.
Don't underestimate what these little video devices can do - you'll be amazed after you've tried them out.In this article, I'll round up five of the top selling pocket camcorders in the market - read on and see if you agree with my picks. But don't take my word for it - check out the top seller lists on Amazon and you'll see why I picked these models!
The first pocket camcorder that's worth mentioning is the Kodak PlaySport Zx5. This little bugger takes in SD media so its really convenient to transfer videos out to your PC.
It shoots 1920 x 1080p HD video that are of amazing quality, is dustproof, shockproof and waterproof. It looks like it can take quite a bit of punishment as you use it outdoors to shoot skateboard videos, adhoc street interviews, etc.
The Kodak PlaySport Zx5
What I really like about the PlaySport Zx5 is it's super fast start-up speed. You pretty much need just a one second count and its ready to shoot. I also like that you can easily share the video straight to YouTube and Facebook.
The downside? Well, I find the navigation within its menus sluggish and laggy. Other than that, I've no complaints.
This device has a strange sounding brand name but it's actually a great performer. You can a Micro SD card slot for storing and transferring videos, and a rechargable battery capable of shooting 2 hours.
I love the fact that the Muvi gives you very decent quality video for its price. The unit is also extremely small and easy to use.
The Veho Muvi
The downside is that the audio is a tad lower quality then they other units on this list. Some folks also mention a humming noise but I've not heard it on my test unit.
The Flip series of pocket camcorders are immensely popular. The Flip UltraHD can shoot 1280 x 720p HD video and runs on flash memory.
It's really easy to use - just press a big red button (you can't miss it) to record and that's it! This makes it great for kids, so I've bought one for my son and one for my daughter.
The Flip UltraHD
I find the image stabilization works very well - even though I shoot the video the stabilization kicked in and helped to make the resulting videos stable. The 60 fps video frame rate also provides very clear video output.
The only gripe about the Flip UltraHD is the fact that it's been discontinued by Cisco. The units I have work very well though, so I've not had the need to trigger support from Cisco in any way.
The GE DV1 is a nice pocket camcorder with a 2.5 inch LCD. It's shockproof and waterproof and is rugged enough to bring to outdoor adventures, You can capture 1920 × 1080 HD video and use its 4x digital zoom to capture shots of faraway objects.
The GE DV1
The device captures high quality movies and I find it shoots very nice still photos too. I took it on a diving trip and found it shoots great video underwater (diving enthusiasts take note). It also saves video as .MOV files and stills as standard .JPG files - making its videos very easy to view.
The bad thing about the DV1 is that it's a little complicated to use - there's a whole bunch of icons on the screen that can be confusing to beginners.
Ok, the final unit I'm looking at is the Samsung HMX-W200 pocket camcorder. This unit is perfect for quick video shooting, with its 2.4 inch LCD plus shockproof, dustproof and waterproof design. It takes in an SD card for video storage and shoots 1920 × 1080 HD video.
The Samsung HMX-W200
Samsung has been quite successful in breaking into the mobile camcorder space - I find the unit well-designed and it takes fabulous underwater video. The startup speed is very fast - only 1.5 seconds from when you press the power button, to being able to shoot video.
The HMX-W200 however is not designed for cold weather - I tried it in rough snowy conditions and the video output is not as good as I'd liked it to be.
Ok, that's it! I hope the above has given you some great insight into the 5 best pocket camcorders in the market. Check them out if you're in the market for one - but as usual, try them out physically in the store before you shell out cash.
Until next time, good luck and happy shooting!
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