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Best Pocket Camcorders

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The whole point of a camcorder to record those special moments in your life. Even if, you know, they're not always so special (the kids washing the dog isn't a special moment, but you'll love having the video when they're grown and out of the house). But you'll never get a single frame if you don't bring the camcorder with you. Remember, Flip is no longer in business so we need to look a little harder to find a pocket camcorders.

We tested a bunch and here's what we think are the best pocket camcorders money can buy.

1. Kodak PlaySport Zx5

Kodak PlaySport Pocket Camcorder.

Kodak's Playsport Zx5is a pocket camcorder that's waterproof to a depth of 10 feet with a rubber trim that girds it against short falls and bumps. This $179 camcorder is inexpensive, lightweight and delivers 1920 x 1080p HD video recording. While it offers good specs for the price, it doesn't boast as many features as a traditional camcorder (such as an optical zoom, large LCD, advanced exposure controls). Still, it's easy-to-use and takes decent still photos as well.

2. Sony Bloggie Touch (MHS-TS20)

Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM5

Sony's Bloggie Touch (MHS-TS20) is unique among pocket camcorders - it's held horizontally, like a digital camera. This unique grip delivers a big benefit - you can use the entire 3-inch touchscreen LCD to preview your videos. Alongside excellent video quality and a decent feature set, the Bloggie is well worth consideration. It's sold in an 8GB (four hour) version for $199 or a 4GB (two hour) version for $179. Since there's no memory card slot for adding additional recording capacity, we'd suggest springing for the 8GB version.

3. Panasonic HM-TA1

The Panasonic HM-TA1 offers a few nice feature most other pocket camcorders don't: it doubles as a Web camera for Internet video chats using services like Skype. The camcorder records 1920 x 1080 HD video and has a sharp-looking design. It can snap 8-megapixel photos too - although don't expect it to serve as a replacement for a standalone still camera.

4. JVC Picsio GC-FM2A

JVC is not a major player in the pocket camcorder market, but the colorful GC-FM2A does offer SDXC card capability so it offers longer recording times than many pocket models on the market. The rest of the specs are fairly routine: 3-inch touch screen display, 4x digital zoom and digital stabilization with a price tag of $179.

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