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You are going to travel and you need a handycam so that you can shoot all those videos to show to your friends and family back home, but you are confused as to which is the right camcorder for you. Here is a short explanation that should help you choose the best handycam for travel available:

Weight: When you are travelling, you want something light and easy to carry. These are typically what you call pocket camcorders.

Price: The price should be reasonable so that you can hand it over to someone without the fear of ruining it.

Features: Now consider the functionality. It should have more manual controls, better sensors, lenses, and accessory shoes to mount. If the video camcorder has interchangeable lenses, then it is an additional benefit.

High Definition: All camcorders, even the most inexpensive, can Record High Definition videos. Look for the following specifications

* Resolution
The two commonly available resolutions are
1280x720 - 720p
1920x1080 - 1080p/i (Progressive or interlaced)
1080p is the better option of the two.

* Frames captured per second (fps)
The most typical frame rate available today is 24 and 30 fps.

Lens:
A zoom lens is necessary as this kind of lens lets you magnify the subject from a distance. A cheap handycam will have zoom of up to 5x only.
Don't go for digital zoom specifications as the video quality is not good using digital zoom. You can opt for a camcorder with 60x zoom as it should be sufficient. With a higher zoom, you will need a tripod.

Make sure that the lens has an aperture of f2 or less. The focal length should be 39mm or less (less is better).

Image Stabilization (IS)
When you are shooting, you are bound to have unwanted movement at times, which can spoil the video. This usually happens when you are shooting from a moving vehicle or when you are on the move. Choose a camcorder with IS feature.

Sensor
Sensor resolution: 2 times the standard resolution is most effective. For example, for a 720p handycam, sensor resolution should be 1.8 MP at the least and for 1080i, it should be 4 megapixels (mp).
Most consumer handycams have CMOS sensors, that is a backside illuminated sensor (don't confuse this with backlit). The advantage of this sensor is that it offers better low-lit working.

Storage
Storage is an important, since you don't want to run out of tapes in the middle of your travels. Most of the new handycam models offer only flash memory. Some rare models offer in-built hard discs. Buy a Class 6 card or higher if you are going to record HD video.

Illumination
You need a device that can shoot well in low light conditions also.

Apart from the above, you can look for optional features like electronic viewfinder, headphone jack, and others. But these are only optional and do not make any difference to the video and photo quality. Knowing the features and how you can make use of them can help you choose the best camcorder for travel.

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Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5

Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 (0.128 GB) Flash Media Camcorder


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Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5
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Kodak PLAYFULL Ze1
Kodak PLAYTOUCH Zi10
Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5
Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 (0.128 GB) Flash Media Camcorder
Toshiba Camileo P100 High Definition Flash Media Camcorder
Kodak PLAYFULL Ze1 Camcorder
Kodak PLAYTOUCH Zi10 Camcorder
Sony MHS-PM5 P bloggie Pocketable HD Camera -Camcorder
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Release Date
Feb 2011
Jun 2011
Feb 2011
Aug 2010
Feb 2010
Battery Life
10.0 Hours
10.17 Hours
10.0 Hours
10.0 Hours
24.0 Hours
Depth
0.7 in.
1.3 in.
0.6 in.
0.6 in.
0.71 in.
HDD Size
0.128 GB
128.0 GB
0.128 GB
4.0 GB
Recording Format
Flash Media
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
MPEG-4, High Definition
MPEG-4, AVC, H.264
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.0 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
High Definition, Flash Media
SD card
High Definition
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Use
Video
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
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  • The rugged Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a very good minicamcorder, but falls just shy of improving on last year's model, despite being more durable.


  • With Cisco killing off its Flip camcorder line last month, the ultracompact camcorder market was left with some gaping holes to fill. Kodak's series of pocket-cams may be poised to take over a chunk of the Flip's former market, and, we must say, the waterproof PlaySport Zx5 is certainly a worthy heir. We liked the Zx5's predecessor (the PlaySport Zx3) enough to name it our best ultracompact camcorder of 2010, so it shouldn't be a surprise that we liked the Zx5 as well.


  • If you want to record video outdoors, at the beach, or anywhere else there's water, the compact Kodak Playsport Zx5 Video Camera is a top pocket camcorder.


  • The Toshiba Camileo P100 is reasonably priced at £115, and it offers quite a few more features than most pocket Internet models. The optical zoom is also something the latter camcorder format never offers. However, image quality is somewhat inferior, particularly in low light. So although there's a reasonable amount here for the money, there are better choices if merely pointing and shooting are your intention.


  • If you want some of the best full-light video quality available for under $200, along with an exceptional feature set, consider the Camileo P100 but only if you get a solid money-back guarantee so you have a chance to give this camcorder a thorough vetting. If you're looking for very good video quality in a pocket model, and are fine with the candy-bar form factor, consider Kodak's PlaySport Zx3. It's less expensive ($150), and ruggedized to boot.


  • The build quality is solid with a lot of protection for the chassis.


  • The Kodak Playfull minicamcorder is a pocketful of video fun, but it might be just too "mini" for some.


  • For the past few years, Kodak has excelled at making reliable, compact camcorders that are both cheap and easy to use. The PlayFull Ze1 certainly has all those traits, and, continuing in true Kodak fashion, the camcorder avoids many of the useless gimmicks that plague other ultracompact models. There is one gimmick the PlayFull succumbed to, however, and that's the idea of making a camcorder that is so tiny that it actually becomes a nuisance to work with.


  • We liked the look of this camcorder, and its multitude of sharing options. The lightweight feel and price suggest that it is for a younger market. , limited internal memory and a small screen let down the entry-level Kodak Playfull ZE1.


  • Mediocre video quality and a couple design issues keep the Kodak PlayTouch from being a top-notch minicamcorder.


  • The Kodak Playtouch Video Camera packs a touch screen along with plenty of settings, effects, and extras, but video image quality isn't top-notch.


  • The Kodak Playtouch is a pocket-sized, handheld HD camcorder that shoots high-definition videos and captures 5MP stills. It can capture 1080p high-definition video content at a standard 30fps speed, and 720p HD video content at an ultra-fast 60fps speed.


  • - Its clips are suitable for Web sharing and nondiscerning TV viewing.
    - This Bloggie's input and output offerings are anemic.
    - The positioning of the USB connector might be a bit tricky to use for some computers, but Sony includes a short extension cable.
    - There are no mic or headphone jacks, either, and the built-in mic is mono only.

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    - For starters, the USB port has been replaced by a built-in USB arm that swings out or folds into the body of the camcorder, as needed.
    - An innovative swivel head lets you easily self-record or capture unique angles, despite the limitations of ultracompact camcorder design.


  • The Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 is a candybar style camcorder with a focus on portability with its slim, lightweight design. Aesthetically, the camcorder has more in common with camera phones than traditional camcorders, with the lens being at the top of the device and being held up horizontally while in-use.