While it was a style statement to own full-size camcorders at one time, it has now become the “in” thing to fluant mini HD video cameras. Of course, a whole lot of people prefer to use their cellphones and still cameras, but there is simply nothing like an HD camcorder to capture precious moments, is there? While full-size video cameras can be quite a thing to carry around, mini video cameras can easily fit into both your pocket and your budget. Here is a list of the best mini HD camcorders for 2011.
The Kodak Playsport Zx5
The Kodak Playsport Zx5 wins hands down as far as mini HD camcorders are concerned. Lightweight, shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, this is just the thing for those who appreciate the great outdoors and underwater adventures.
This camcorder supports Full HD 1080p in MP4 format and gives you 5MP pictures too, with a 4x digital zoom. The other features include 128MB internal memory with up to 32GB external memory expansion, up to 10 hours of recording, anti-glare LCD screen, powerful low-light performance, digital image stabilization, face recognition, auto-focus, on-camera editing and mono mic with speaker.
This mini HD camcorder is available at around $150, which is not much at all for its impressive bevy of features.
The Samsung HMX-Q10
The Samsung HMX-Q10 supports 1080p video and 5MP stills with a 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. The touchscreen LCD display is very responsive to touch and helps you manipulate your picture even in very low-light conditions.
Picture and video quality of the Samsung HMX-Q10 is great, thanks to its amazing optical and zooming capabilities.
Video recording quality is good as well, and so is the audio while recording. Using the shift mode lets you jump easily between several modes.
All-in-all, the Samsung HMX-Q10 is a great mini HD camcorder and is reasonably priced at around $200 in the United States of America.
The Sanyo VPC-CG20
The Sanyo VPC-CG20 supports full HD 1920×1080 video and 10MP pictures. With this mini HD camcorder, you can take only about 2 hours of video. This camcorder supports up to 16GB memory and 5x optical zoom for both stills and video.
Other features of the Sanyo VPC-CG20 include digital image stabilizer for photos, CMOS image sensor, multiple face recognition, built-in flash for stills and speaker for video playback.
Low- light recording is not really that impressive, but if you shift the settings to a high-gain mode, it might give you better overall performance.
Though not the best in the market, the Sanyo VPC-CG20 mini HD camcorder performs well enough and is indeed very reasonably at around $150 in the U.S. Hence, this is one pocket camcorder that may rise to become a favorite among the masses in 2011.
There are many more mini HD camcorder brands in the market for this year. In this particular post, we have featured only the best of them all. Take your time to decide what you are looking for in your desired product and choose the best one for you. Happy shopping!