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Under $250 is a great price point to buy some of the best Panasonic pocket camcorders and budget consumer camcorders from Sony. At this range you are almost guaranteed to get the best features for the pocket camcorders such as Still Shot Capability and MPEG movie mode. For the budget consumer camcorder offering you can begin to experiment with the ones with bigger LCD screen size for better ease of use.

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Contour ROAM2

Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Video Camera


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Contour ROAM2
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Panasonic HX-WA2
Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Video Camera
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Oct 2011
Jan 2013
Dec 2012
Jan 2012
HDD Size
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Flash card
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.0 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
11.9 MegaPixels
14.3 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media, High Definition
H.264 codec, .mp4
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
SD card
Use
Video
Video
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  • As long as you don't need to change shooting modes on the go, the ContourRoam2 is a simple way to capture fine-quality POV videos in dry or wet conditions.


  • As an all-weather, easy-to-use action camera, the Contour ROAM 2 is a great little piece of technology. It's got some useful enhancements from the original ROAM, and is far cheaper than the high-end Contour+2. It captures good, but not great, video and photos, and the internal microphone still isn't the best, but for the casual user it's good value.


  • For basic POV filming the ROAM2 passes the test, although, outside of the rotating lens, there isn't any standout feature to set it apart from the rapidly expanding choices for compact, mountable video cameras. Definitely check out the available mounting options to find the correct mount or one that allows for multiple placements.


  • The GoPro HD Hero2 is easily the best GoPro camera yet, with the ruggedness and quality that we've come to expect and a new user-friendly interface.


  • If you're interested in camcorders, or even gadgets in general, it's almost impossible to ignore the GoPro HD Hero2. In our experience, the Hero2 is the best adventure-style camcorder we've worked with, and the model was easier to handle and control than its most direct competitor: the Contour+ camcorder.

    The GoPro Hero2 wasn't a stellar performer in our video tests, but its Full HD video looked just as good as what we see from your average ultracompact camcorder.


  • The GoPro HD Hero2 is a rugged HD video camera that can take a beating and go deep underwater. It includes a number of different mounting tools so that you can affix it to a helmet, skateboard, or anything else you can imagine.


  • This pocket camcorder is a great bang for your buck. You can take it nearly anywhere you go because it's waterproof and compact, and the video quality is fantastic.


  • At first blush, it doesn't seem like the Panasonic HX-WA2 will be a top camcorder. Construction is shoddy, design is boneheaded, and if either of these are an indicator of image quality, then we're not expecting much. Of course we've been fooled before. And not by just any camcorder, but by this model's direct ancestors: the Sanyo Xacti models like the VPC-HD2000 and VPC-CG10, which, thanks to Panasonic's acquisition of Sanyo, featured very similar designs as the WA2.

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    If you're looking for a small camcorder, with lots of features, that you can take with you next time someone tells you to go jump in the lake, then the HX-WA2 may be just what the mermaid ordered.


  • At a little over £200, Panasonic's HX-WA2 isn't as budget conscious as pocket Internet camcorders costing £100 or less. It doesn't quite have the immediate single-function appeal of Flip-style camcorders, either. But if you do fancy a go-anywhere pocket-friendly shooter, and are willing to pay a little extra for quite a lot more features, this is a capable camcorder for the money.