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Samsung HMX-W300
Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD
GoPro HD Helmet HERO High Definition
JVC GC-XA1
Panasonic HM-TA20 High Definition AVC
Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder
Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder
GoPro HD Helmet HERO High Definition Camcorder
JVC GC-XA1 AVC Camcorder
Panasonic HM-TA20 High Definition AVC Camcorder
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Release Date
Mar 2012
Jan 2012
Apr 2011
Jul 2012
Jun 2011
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Depth
0.7 in.
0.625 in.
1.2 in.
1.4 in.
0.7 in.
Optical Zoom
1.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.0 MegaPixels
12.8 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
2.93 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
AVCHD
MPEG-4
AVC, AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

  • 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.


  • The Bloggie Live's benefits include a lower price tag and a simpler feature set. It's a dedicated camcorder, so you don't have to worry about all the other features, apps, and costs associated with owning a smartphone. Then again, if you already have a smartphone that can record and transfer video wirelessly, then there's really no good reason to buy a Bloggie Live.


  • The Sony Bloggie Live is an excellent pocket camcorder with groundbreaking wireless features, but it's a tough sell in the age of do-everything smartphones.


  • Without a doubt, the Sony Bloggie Live is the most versatile pocket camcorder we've tested in terms of wireless streaming, peer-to-peer sharing, and still-image resolution. Admittedly, it lacks a couple of useful features found in Kodak's Zi8, such as a mic-in port, a dedicated macro/landscape toggle, and removable storage. Is it a compelling alternative to a higher-end smartphone? That depends on whether you already own a smartphone, and on how much you value the Bloggie's live-streaming skills.

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    The GoPro HD Hero is an absolutely massive step forward from the old model in terms of visual and audio fidelity. There's simply no comparing the footage you'll get from one of these to the footage from the originals and, since the design has stayed more or less the same, those upgrading will still be able to use all their old mounts.


  • The GoPro HD Helmet Hero is a 1080p camcorder that attaches to your helmet, and can also attach to your car, surfboard, bike and so on. Its excellent image quality means it's the device to buy if you want to document your extreme-sports shenanigans.

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    The GoPro HD HERO is where it's at if you're into any kind of "extreme" sport and you want to record high-quality HD video. With the included housing and mounting options, the HERO offers outstanding bang for your buck.


  • If you're in the market for an adventure cam, there are three reasons to consider the JVC Adixxion over the competition: its on-board LCD, the waterproof core, and its simple interface. The Adixxion won't get you video that looks as good as what the GoPro, Contour+2, or Sony Action Cam are capable of, and it doesn't have nearly as many features or controls, but it should fulfill the basic needs required by adventure-cam seekers.


  • To sum things up, the XA1's 1080p video that we shot and played back on a HD monitor was good, but not the best, sharpest video we have seen from a POV action cam (like the HD Ghost). Some of our still images seemed a bit soft, especially with distant subjects. This might be due to the single focus lens, or the modest 5MP resolution. The built-in Wi-Fi mode is awesome, allowing us to stream video to our smartphone or PC computer. On the downside, we can't view and record at the same time.


  • As rugged minicamcorders go, the Panasonic HM-TA20 is very goodand definitely deserves consideration.


  • It's hard to come clean with our true feelings about the Panasonic HM-TA20. We love its rugged, adventuresome design, but we can't say it is any better than the other waterproof camcorders we've tested particularly the Kodak PlaySport series. In fact, the TA20 doesn't have the best grip due to its rigid design, and we did find its memory card slot area wasn't as protected from water as we would have liked it to be.


  • The Panasonic HM-TA20 is a pocket digital camcorder that is built for active and rugged environments. This is similar to the Panasonic HM-TA2, but has a more sturdy casing that is waterproof to 3 meters.


Top 5 pocket flash camcorder:

  1. Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder
  2. Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder
  3. GoPro HD Helmet HERO High Definition Camcorder
  4. JVC GC-XA1 AVC Camcorder
  5. Panasonic HM-TA20 High Definition AVC Camcorder