Pocket camcorders are slowly but surely taking over the space that was once ruled by bulky flip camcorders. It was first introduced by a company known as Pure Digital Technologies that introduced the Flip video. Now unlike the conventional camcorders these little beauties are not only affordable but can easily be slipped into your pocket alongside your cell phone. Moreover they come with either a decent amount of built-in memory or give you the choice of slipping in an SD card via the memory expansion slot. However, they don’t quite offer zooms to the extent that the flip camcorders offer. For instance the compact camcorders are limited to digital zoom and come with no optical zoom that are offered by normal camcorders. So if you are simply looking for a compact and affordable camcorder here is what you can get your hands on.
The reason why the Kodak Zi8 came out as a winner was due to the fact that this little beauty allows you to add in more memory via the memory expansion slot. Reason being, the Zi8 doesn’t come with built-in memory as compared to others in its category. Nevertheless the device can accommodate a whopping 32 GB of memory and with the fall in price owning an 8 GB card is not something impossible. That apart the Zi8 is priced competitively and comes with a whole lot of features that makes it a winner. Speaking about features the Kodak is the only compact camcorder that allows you to record in three different modes – 1080p, 720p and WVGA. Other than its capability of recording videos the Zi8 also features a 5 MP CMOS censor that allows you to take still images. So if you are looking for a camcorder that’s rich in features yet affordable settle for the Kodak Zi8.
For: Expandable memory, full HD recording, vibrant screen.
Against: Grain sized buttons, low image details, night videos are under-exposed.
Rating: 4 out of 5
The Flip UltraHD here doesn’t quite fall into the category of a compact camcorder mainly due to its size. Nevertheless if you are not too bothered with its size the Flip UltraHD is by far the easiest camcorder that you can get your hands on. What you get with the Flip is a simple point and shoot camcorder where you won’t need to wrack your brains when it comes to operating the device. Moreover the Flip UltraHD comes with a total of 8 GB of built-in memory that gives you a decent recording time of 120 minutes. The overall video quality is just as good as the Kodak Zi8. Besides for a price that’s less than 10 K the UltraHD is definitely a good buy – considering you overlook its bulky size.
For: Extremely easy to use, decent video quality
Against: Bulky, fixed recording mode
Rating: 3 out of 5
Compared to the Flip and Kodak camcorders the VadoHD is definitely more compact in size and unlike the rest the Vado comes with a touch sensitive interface. Video captured on the Vado HD is good but doesn’t match up to the competition. The only place where it does excel is in its low light recording and still image quality. Nevertheless even though it looks appealing it is not something that can be recommended since the memory is limited to a mere 4 GB and comes with an asking price of Rs. 14,999.
For: Good low-light recording, compact design, decent picture quality
Against: Overpriced, not labeled appropriately, Photos taken in daylight are not good
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Published Date: Mar 03, 2010 05:58 pm | Updated Date: Mar 03, 2010 05:58 pm