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.
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.
Superb image quality
If you've got the cash, and the desire, the Canon XA10 is a camcorder with few flaws. The zoom is impressively versatile and controls easy to access, with only the small viewfinder a significant negative, dwarfed by the likes of the huge storage capacity and XLR inputs
First of all, you should know that this camera is made for professionals, but I am sure that won't stop the tech savvy everyday Joe from purchasing one to do his home videos. The good thing about this camcorder is that it is feature-filled enough to provide the professionals with a compact quality camcorder, but also easy enough to use so that the average Joe can utilize it as well.
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.
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.
Optical image stabilisation
The Panasonic SDR-S50 is a relatively commendable camcorder. At 250, there are a number of decent competitors which are cheaper, such as our current favourite at this level, JVC's GZ-MS120. But the SDR-S50 is sure to drop in price, and it has the edge over other models in its class on features. So if your budget can't stretch to HD, but you still want a well specified camcorder, this is definitely one to consider.
Its advanced OIS (optical image stabiliser), activated using a dedicated hardware button, makes a real difference zooming over this sort of distance.
If you want a good value camcorder that can also take the occasional photo on the fly, the Panasonic fits the bill. The Panasonic SDR-S50 lacks HD capture capabilities, but its low price tag, fantastic zoom, great build quality and the wider angle lens will be enough to convince many users.
Extraordinarily long 70x optical zoom
The Panasonic SDR-S50 has one standout feature: its 70x optical zoom, which experts say is valuable if you plan to shoot school plays from the back row or football games from the nosebleed seats. A CNET tester proves the point by shooting a video of the moon, which fills the SDR-S50's frame and shows the craters clearly.
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.
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