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.
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.
The GE DV1 frustrated us from the moment we took it out of the box, but there were a few things that we liked about the camcorder as well. Let's start with the bad: the camcorder has a clumsy design, poor video performance, confusing controls, bad buttons, and a terrible instruction manual. We found the port covers to be difficult to open and the built-in USB arm was a particular challenge to extract.
Easy to use.
When it comes to camcorders that can be tossed into the water or survive a fall onto the concrete without shattering, your choices are pretty limited so the DV1 doesn't have many direct competitors to compare it to. That said, it's more rugged and can be dunked deeper than Kodak's PlaySport Zx3 (cheaper too), but doesn't offer Kodak's video quality or feature set. So if you need a bare-bones camcorder for a trip to the beach or an outdoor adventure, the DV1 is a good option.
Video quality is above par
The Samsung HMX-U20 isn't perfect, but it punches hard in one of the areas that matters: the video quality is above par for this type of device, with both autofocus and optical zoom a step above the normal fixed focus options. You aren't overwhelmed with options and those you do get make sense, so it is a really easy camera to use.
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