2 August 2013 by

While portable video recorders have been around for decades, the development of digital recording has shrunk the devices to a compact, lightweight size perfect for today's on-the-go lifestyles and Pocket camcorders hold an advantage over the ubiquitous smartphone cameras, in that the camcorder is able to shoot better-quality, high-definition videos. When looking for the best HD pocket camcorder on the market, there are a few important features prospective buyers should seek out.

Video quality

Pocket camcorder manufacturers offer models in the standard HD resolution of 720 pixels. For sharper videos, look for models featuring full-HD 1080p resolution, which are increasingly available.

Pocket camcorders can be used to take still photos as well. Look for a model with a high megapixel resolution (5 MP or above) to create the most detailed images.

Other features related to picture quality include a high-powered optical and digital zoom for distance shooting and a large display to preview and review videos and images.


Capturing high-definition videos for more than a few minutes long takes up a lot of space. And given its compact size, a pocket camcorder simply cannot pack the same amount of internal memory as its larger counterparts. However, it is possible to increase the amount of recorded data. Look for a camcorder with an SD card slot, which allows a user to expand the device's memory for longer, quality videos.

Making connections

To upload recorded videos and images to a computer, pocket camcorders are equipped with HDMI and USB ports. All a user needs is the proper cord to connect the device. Newer models have built-in USB ports; users can connect quickly and easily by simply plugging the device directly into a computer.

Battery life

Most pocket camcorders offer battery life in the range of 90 minutes. That figure varies depending on the quality of video being shot -- higher quality shortens battery life, lower quality preserves battery life.

Best brands

Determining the best HD pocket camcorder depends on the buyer's needs. Considering the basic requirements, some of the top manufacturers include Sanyo, JVC and kodak

Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam


1. Spy Tec Mobius Action    $70

Panasonic HX-A100 Wearable HD Digital Camcorder


2. Panasonic HX-A100   

Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof 16MP Digital Camcorder


3. Panasonic HX-WA03   

Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder


4. Samsung HMX-W300   

3M CP45 Camcorder


5. 3M CP45    $498

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