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Best Pocket Camcorders / Camcorder HQ Buyer's Guide

Last updated on 03/14/2013

Things have changed since Pure Digital first unleashed the original Flip Video pocket camcorder in 2007. The Flip is now dead, for starters, but the concept lives on: small, relatively low-cost cameras that shoot decent video and make it easy to share over the web. Some of the newest models have accessory ports, LCDs on both sides of the body, or even waterproof casing. You probably already have a decent video camera on your cell phone or still camera, but if you want something that stands alone and does bit more than the run-of-the-mill Flip clone, start looking below.

Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof
from $191.95
The HX-WA30 isn't only portable, it's rugged too, withstanding water, dust and cold. Despite its small size, the January 2013 release shots in full 1920 HD and also takes 16 megapixel stills. Plus, this model includes creative and retouch effects and can take High Dynamic Range shots. Initial reviews are high; the WA03 looks to be a contender in the pocket category.
Kodak PlaySport Zx3
Great Video, Waterproof Body.
[Read our full Kodak PlaySport Zx3 Review] This the best pocket camcorder we've ever seen. It shoots stabilized 1080p video, snaps 5-megapixel stills, outputs through USB and HDMI ports, and records to SD/SDHC cards. The 2.5-inch screen is pretty much par for the course, and it's all wrapped up in a grippy, waterproof body. Our reviewer gave it an A+ because it's so fun and easy to use, and is really a great value for the price. An excellent buy.