Choose the right pocket camcorder for you

July 4, 2011 | by

Many camcorders users are now looking into buying pocket video camcorders because they are very easy to use and can be carried with you on the go, many pocket video camcorders can export high HD videos. There are many different brands and types of pocket video camcorders on the market including Flip video camcorder, JVC, Sony, Kodak, Conon, Panasonic etc  and you may confuse that which one is the right one to choose.

Too many camcorders to choose from? No worries, let’s have a look at their reviews from who have experienced their features about Kodak Zi8, Kodak PlaySport, Flip Slide HD, Conon FS, JVC Picsio GC-WP10, and hope this can help you have a general understanding of some popular camcorders.

Lightest with excellent features: Kodak Zi8

Kodak Zi8
Kodak Zi8 is the lightest among these camcorders, at 3.9 oz. And it also has the highest video quality and can take still pictures. The memory is expandable to 32G, pretty decent. If you don’t shoot underwater videos and wants the most convenient camcorder, Kodak Zi8 is the one for you. It meets the needs of most people.

HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera: Kodak PlaySport

Kodak Playsport

The PlaySport is rated for up to 3m underwater, deep enough for swimming pools and mucking about on the river – which is all its intended for really. It’s not shockproof, like Panasonic’s DMC-FT1 HD-capable digital camera, but its feels very rigid and sturdily made. It’s easy to point-and-shoot and video quality is on a par with the best mini camcorders we’ve seen. There’s a 1080p mode, but with a bitrate of 12Mbit/s it’s fairly heavily compressed

Too Much To Be Good Enough: Flip Slide HD 16 GB, 4 Hours

Flip HD Pocket Camcoder

The Flip Slide HD, the company’s first “shoot and share” camera, extends that simplification to watching the video you shoot.

1. Record up to four hours of HD video

2. 3-inch wide touchscreen to show your favorite videos instantly

3. Store up to 12 hours of videos and photos in Space Saver format (using FlipShare software)

4. Connect the built-in USB arm to your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare software to organize, create and share your videos

5. Headphone jack (headphones not included) to enjoy your videos in any setting

Canon’s first Flash Memory camcorder: Conon FS series

Canon FS 100 Camcoder

The Canon FS-series are the next-generation Flash Memory format camcorders for shooting great video and photos. Flash memory format delivers delivering optimal image quality, quick response time, flexible media exchange, and extended recording times all in a compact and lightweight body. The FS100 provides outstanding features such as 48x Advanced Zoom an SDHC card slot for your once-in-a-lifetime memories.

The good: Compact, attractive design; mic input.

The bad: No optical image stabilization; ineffective wind filter; no headphone jack; modest video quality.

The bottom line: Convenient, well-designed camcorders that look pricier than they are, models in the Canon FS series–FS11, FS10, and FS100–nevertheless deliver typical budget video in line with their budget price tags.

Best of everything: JVC Picsio GC-WP10

JVC Pocket Camcoder

If what you pursue is the highest output quality and most complete features, JVC Picsio GC-WP10 will be the best choice because its highest output video quality is 1920*1080, which is the highest available on the market. It’s also waterproof and expandable to 64G storage. It lets you easily share your videos on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo, and also take still pictures.

In addition, Kodak cameras export Kodak MOV video format, Flip camcorders record video in Mp4 and H.264 video format, Conon FS series camcorders output MOD video file, If you are Mac users, Kodak MOV, Flip MP4, Conon FS MOD can be natively accepted Apple editing application, so we need a versatile video conversion tool, video converter for mac to convert these video files to MOV, DV, MP4 etc, then imported to iMovie, FCE, FCP, Premiere Pro for editing on Mac.

About the Author: Lisa is a camcorder fans and want to share her experience about some popular pocket camcorders and  and who likes using  video conversion tool to maker a personliased home movie.


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