After the Scottish engineer, John Baird first captured moving pictures for television, camcorders were born based on his findings, with the first demonstration of a camcorder taking place in 1956. Since then these incredible devices have never looked back and have evolved at a tremendous rate. Like most gadgets in the modern age, camcorders are becoming progressively smaller, so small in fact that you can now fit them in your pocket. Take a look at five of the best pocket camcorders.
Costing £199.99, the Kodak Playtouch may be quite pricey, but gadgets are usually expensive for a reason. This light, compact and stylish camcorder has a three-inch touchscreen, sensitive to the lightest touch. Not only does the Playtouch have a macro mode for close-up filming, but it also provides both black and white and sepia filters – pushing this camcorder into superior territory. It records high-definition video at full 1080p resolution and can be connected to a flat-screen TV via an HDMI cable.
The Samsung HMX-U20 needs to be mentioned on a ‘best of’ list because of one unique feature – it is the only pocket-sized camcorder on the market that features a proper zoom lens. Although the zoom may make the U20 look slightly bulkier and more ungainly compared to its super-slim challengers, it offers a 3X magnification that is rendered superior compared to the lower-quality digital zoom. The Samsung U29 records at 1080p high-definition – Not bad for just £129.
Sony Bloggie Touch
It’s name might be a bit ‘dubious’, but trust Sony to come up with the sleekest, most stylish, most suave looking pocket-sized camcorder. If you are after pulling pure class out of your pocket, you’ve come to the right place. With its curved edges, brushed metal finish, highly responsive three-inch touchscreen, 8GB of built-in memory and 1080p video recording, we reckon the Samsung Bloggie Touch is worthy of its £199 price tag. And that’s before mentioning its ingenious add-on lens that enables users to film 360-degree video panoramas.
The Flip UltraHD is perfect for the more ‘amateur’ cameramen – and women – amongst us. Although it records in a significantly inferior – compared to its rivals – 720p high-definition, its redeeming feature is that it boasts extremely simple controls – is that a sigh of relief we hear from our less technologically-mined readers? Being white, simple, light and costing a mid-range £159.99, the Flip UltraHD is most definitely worthy of its appearance in a best-of pocket camcorders feature.
Toshiba Camileo P20
Last but certainly not least is the Toshia Camileo P20. Visually, this camcorder is the most unique in our list. As with its slimline ‘pistol grip’ design and being available in various ‘vibrant’ colours, it certainly looks the business. And shooting in high-definition at 1080p resolution, we believe the Camileo P20 more than justifies its £119.99 price tag.