I also find the camera uncomfortable to hold, giving very little room for fingers without constantly, and accidentally hitting buttons (mainly, the silver side button), when held in the horizontal shooting position. If there was no issue with the sound playback mentioned above, I would have kept the camera and just trained myself to hold it differently, as well as learned to tolerate the lack of 'touch screen' responsiveness, but because of the playback sound issues, I'm sending it back.
Sturdy build and waterproofing
Sony's bloggies have never quite been the value option. If you want a decent waterproof pocket Internet camcorder, then Samsung's W200 is very keenly priced, Polaroid's X720 even more cost effective, and then Panasonic's HM-TA20 and Kodak's Playsport Zx5 are also both cheaper than the bloggie Sport. Features are also very limited, even for a camcorder of this type. But this is a typically solid Sony device, and of course image quality is top of the genre.
Shock and waterproof body
The Bloggie Sport won't challenge the pro-level video cameras in terms of features and quality, but its simple interface and sturdy, waterproof body is likely to appeal to families at the beach or the extreme sports enthusiast who regularly finds his or her camera submerged in water.
Decent video performance
The Sony Bloggie Sport is much like previous Sony pocket camcorders only a lot hardier. Waterproof and impervious to dust and (moderate) drops onto hard surfaces, you'll struggle to break it. It's simple to use, with barely any settings to tweak and one huge record button to kick off video although the touchscreen can be slightly unresponsive at times.
Full screen recording, in-camera tagging
The Bloggie Touch is by far Sony's best effort in the pocket camcorder market to date. The autofocus lens may frustrate a bit indoors, and holding the camcorder horizontally may take some Flip fans some getting used to. But the video quality is excellent and the use of the full 3-inch touchscreen really makes it easy to capture your movies.
Affordable price point
The Toshiba Camileo BW10 is a rugged pocket camcorder designed to offer easily accessed, point-and-shoot high definition both in and out of water. Capturing video at 1080p, and stills at 5 megapixels, with an optional zoom of up to 10x, the rubberized outer coating allows for use in water as deep as 6.5 feet, and provides resistance against both general bad weather and dirt.
Doesn't do well in low light situations
Small, portable, and waterproof, the Toshiba Camileo BW10 is well suited for capturing moments from a summertime pool party. While quality isn't the greatest, it's effortless to use, and its anti-shake feature will appeal to users who want to capture fun moments.
If you are a budding film maker, or a serious photographer, then the BW10 won't satisfy you. It isn't loaded with options and although it produces decent video and still images, they aren't overly impressive.
Good low light performance
Although the JVC Everio GZ-HM650BEK lacks some manual controls, at this price the performance in automatic mode is one of the key priorities, and here the camcorder does well. You will almost certainly need to budget for extra removable memory, despite the 8GB on board, but overall this is a keenly priced entry-level HD camcorder capable of shooting decent-quality footage in a variety of conditions, making it well worth considering as a budget buy.
Good value compared with similarly featured competitors
Aimed at a family audience, the JVC features common digital camera gizmos such as subject-recognising intelligent auto mode (with its own button), face recognition and smile-shot modes, while time lapse recording and the ability to add an animation effect to footage provides a degree of creative scope. HDMI, AV and USB output are hidden beneath the screen when it's not in use.
Good feature set
If you need a more sophisticated alternative to the Flip, the Kodak PlayTouch is worth a look. It's not quite as easy to use, but that's a trade-off you'll make to get a few extra features, such as color modes and multiple resolution choices. It offers excellent video quality and a responsive touch-screen and does much to solidfy Kodak's reputation as a leading pocket camcorder vendor.
We loved the compact design, ease of use, connectivity options, ability to extract still photos, and the jack for an external microphone. We were also impressed with the fact that Kodak included the HDMI cable. They would, however, have been better off putting that extra money into the build of the device.
Full HD resolution
The pocket Internet camcorder phenomenon felt like a passing fad when it first arrived, and there's no doubt it will be consumed by smartphones sooner or later. But, for now, the devices are developing, and gaining new features to improve the quality of point-and-shoot instant Internet upload videomaking. With its touch-exposure, image stabilisation and Full HD resolution, the JVC PICSIO GC-FM2 is currently the most fully featured pocket Internet camcorder on the market.
Easy to use
The impression given by the JVC GC-FM2 is that this is a product that has been engineered to hit a certain budget price point, and look a certain way, rather than innovate in its own right. But so what? It's fun despite its limitations of noisy video and blurry stills, and will be a hit with kids as well as adults. Incidentally, for extreme sports fans, a waterproofed version in the GC-WP10 is currently available at a suggested retail price of £229.99.
Consistently sharp video
In all, we wouldn't place the GE DV1 on a higher tier than the Kodak Playsport Zx3, but we would put it in roughly the same category as the JVC GC-WP10 and Panasonic HM-TA1. It is a flawed waterproof camcorder that is available at a low price. If you want good video quality or top-notch handling, you should look elsewhere.
Overall I am very happy with this camera -- it is small, has full HD, is easy to use, has a flashlight on the front, small but clear viewing screen and decent on camera volume. It is capable of taking both videos and pictures. It also has YouTube, Facebook, and Skype interfaces. A nice extra touch would have been if the product had come with a felt bag or protective case of some kind.
No optical image stabilization
The Panasonic HM-TA1 is a middle-end camcorder. It is designed to capture video footage in full HD. It features a built-in USB terminal, E.I.S technology, and easy web uploading. The built-in USB terminal allows for a user to plug the camcorder directly into a computer.
Built-in video light
Apart from the built-in video light, webcam capability, and marginally better low light ability than many competitors, Panasonic's HM-TA1 is a relatively innocuous pocket Internet camcorder. However, it does have one feature to set it apart from the crowd its price. At around Â£85, even when you add the price of a SDHC memory card, you should still pay less than Â£100. This makes the HM-TA1 one of the best value camcorders in its class.
An easy, fuss-free way of getting photos and videos on the internet
The Panasonic HM-TA1 offers an easy, fuss-free way of getting photos and videos on the internet. The built-in software lets you upload content directly to Facebook, YouTube and Flickr once you have set up an account, the Panasonic HM-TA1 will lead you through the prompts.
If you're after something cute and sexy in your pocket, then you're barking up the wrong tree here. What the Panasonic HM-TA1 offers is some really good imagining power packed tight into an incredibly convenient and small frame. It's a joy to carry around and it won't let you down, and it has got the inner most issues addressed.
Easy to copy files onto an external source, just drag/drop
The Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 is one of three flash memory-based digital camcorders (DCR-SX85, DCR-SX65 and DCR-SX45) released together in early 2011. It features a 60x optical zooms lens with support for a 70x extended zoom, a touch-screen display, and a variety of expansion options like Memory Stick and SD/SDHC.
Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)
Sony DCR-SX45 is a Handycam Camcorder with 70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action, 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K), Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode, and Intelligent Auto. People are very happy with such a camcorder.
The electronic image stabilization won't help you with the lens fully extended.
Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.
Compact and light design easy to tuck away in a purse
The Sony Handycam DCR-SX65 is one of three flash memory-based digital camcorders (DCR-SX85, DCR-SX65 and DCR-SX45) released together in early 2011. Unlike the DCR-SX45, which offers no internal memory whatsoever, the Handycam DCR-SX65 features 4GB of onboard storage, as well as a plethora of expansion options like SD/SDHC/SDXC.
Especially for those who want to capture family moments in video.
If you're like me who was not fond of using camcorders because of the preconceived notion that they were bulky, complicated and unwieldy, fret not when using the Handycam DCR-SX65. This camcorder is made for the casual videographers out there especially for those who want to capture family moments in video.
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