Pocket Camcorders 2009

There have been a lot of HD pocket camcorders released over the passed year with lots of specs and details, and press releases. Luckily Gizmodo took the time to test all of them in real life situations and came up with some very interesting results that I agree with. The main criteria for judging this little machines was smoothness of video during motion, image sharpness, noise, color reproduction, and quality of sound. The usual hardware specs is pretty similar between all the machines but the details here are very well thought out and tested.

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Ranking:

  • Flip Ultra HD
  • Flip Mino HD
  • Kodak Zi8

Flip has really made solid cameras and I have used them in different situations, and I have both the Mino HD and Ultra HD, but great pocket camcorders, great quality of sound and picture which are very reasonably priced, under $200. They are capable of a few improvements to make them even better cameras, but I think they have kept the amazing products they have and slowly develop it.

Link: Gizmodo

Kodak Zi8

I’m always looking for these pocket cams, and I have a Flip UltraHD on the way, but the Zi8 from Kodak seems to top it with a matching price. It has yet to be tested and I’m pretty happy with the Flip Cameras but there is always room for improvement but tough to keep it in the same price range. I do like that it has an external microphone jack so you won’t hear the air if you can place a microphone somewhere else when your recording a moving vehicle.

Features:

  • 1080p Recording
  • Electronic Image Stabilizer
  • SDHC Card Slot
  • External microphone jack
  • 5 Megapixel Stills
  • Track Faces of Subjects and “more details and accurate colors in low light”
  • List Price $180

Link: Gizmodo