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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.

Memory

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

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Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
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Jun 2013
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Mar 2012
Nov 2011
Recording Format
High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
H.264, MPEG-4, High Definition
Depth
2.0 in.
1.0 in.
1.82 in.
0.7 in.
0.94 in.
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Recordable Media
SD card
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
AVCHD
Internal Flash Memory 2GB Video/Image, MicroSD Up To 32GB Video/Image
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Video
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    The adventure cam market (often called "POV" by industry insiders) is packed with quality options, and dominated by the GoPro goliath. To break into this space you really need to innovate, not only in functionality but in the user experience as well. Despite its few image quality and handling shortcomings, the A100 seems poised to meet these demands.


  • Overall, we think it's solid though, and it's not desperately overpriced considering the competition.


  • 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.


  • 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 hd camcorder:

  1. Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
  2. Panasonic HX-A100 Wearable HD Digital Camcorder
  3. Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof 16MP Digital Camcorder
  4. Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder
  5. 3M CP45 Camcorder