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Pocket camcorder are more often than not the best camcorders to buy under $200. These are great for quick outdoor shooting and also a good option for kids to graduate from. Look for features like Still shot capability particularly in pocket camcorders to double them up as cameras and MPEG movie mode for painless online sharing of videos.

The best options at the sub-$200 price point are the pocketable offerings from Panasonic and the consumer grade options from Samsung.

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GoPro HERO3

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder


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Release Date
Oct 2012
Jan 2012
Oct 2012
Jun 2013
Jan 2013
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
12.0 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
11.9 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
SD card
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

Smaller, lighter, and features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity

Incredibly sharp video using 1080/60p mode and 3D recording with optional conversion lens.

Waterproof without requiring a housing

Can go underwater up to 5 meters