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Our selection below, of the best pocket camcorders under $200 is exclusive to the top rated models with a physical depth of 2 inches or less, so as to be conveniently carried around. Though some of these are pretty rugged and for a vacation, they might not have the ability to zoom in much and also tend to have mediocre stabilization. As far as picture quality goes pocket camcorders aren't really meant for professional videos and are often just as good as a high end smartphone.

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Panasonic HX-WA03
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3M CP45
Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof 16MP Digital Camcorder
Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder
Panasonic HX-WA2 Flash Media Camcorder
3M CP45 Camcorder
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Jun 2013
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2.0 in.
1.82 in.
0.7 in.
1.74 in.
0.94 in.
Recording Format
High Definition
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
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H.264, MPEG-4, High Definition
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SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
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Internal Flash Memory 2GB Video/Image, MicroSD Up To 32GB Video/Image
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  • 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.


  • The Samsung HMX-W300 rugged minicamcorder is a good traveling companion for capturing Web-friendly movie clips and photos of your next hike or beach trip.


  • If you're planning to spend less than $200 on a camcorder, you can't get much better than the Samsung HMX-W300. It's easy to use, has a waterproof design, and its image quality is very good for a camcorder of its size and price. The camcorder is not for people who want top-notch image quality, though, nor is it for people who require access to manual controls. This is a simple pocket cam that is great for capturing poolside activities or passing off to your kids during a picnic.


  • The FZ60 offers a lengthy optical zoom in a well-featured package, but image purists won't be satisfied with just JPEG capture and a steep price.

    If you are forking out for a premium-priced superzoom camera, you might as well save up a little more and spend it on the FZ200, which gives you a fast and constant lens at f/2.8, as well as RAW capture.


  • 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.


  • The 3M Camcorder Projector CP45 projector has a built-in camcorder that can show images from external video sources or from memory, including video and photos it takes itself.


  • The over-eagerness of the camcorder's brightness adjustment together with the colour smearing issues with the projector ensure that the CP45 should not be considered a replacement for separate dedicated camcorder and "big screen" solutions. But that's not really the point.


  • 3M hasn't just squeezed two different gadgets into one tiny box with the CP45. It's actually squeezed two well-specified different gadgets in there a fact that ensures that rather than just being another pint-sized gimmick, the CP45 is instead a genuinely useful and great value device that even manages to straddle the usually unassailable family and business divide.


Top 5 pocket camcorder under $200:

  1. Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
  2. Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof 16MP Digital Camcorder
  3. Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder
  4. Panasonic HX-WA2 Flash Media Camcorder
  5. 3M CP45 Camcorder