Mini camcorders have become increasingly popular. There are literally scores of these mini camcorders now available and they can shoot in full HD.
Surprisingly, these models priced quite low. There might be some degradation in terms of actual HD video quality because the size of these small digital video camera models cannot really cover better lenses and bigger sensors.
However, they are indeed handy and for the casual user who just wants to quickly shoot some video - there are no better options.
Here are the top 6 small digital camera models which you may consider buying.
Flip SlideHD is the all-new camcorder from Flip Video that lets you shoot, show and share HD video in a fun new way. SlideHD captures up to four hours of HD video and features a slideable 3-inch widescreen for instant watching. This instant watching capability is really handy - you need to try it out to understand what I mean.
The SlideHD also stores up to 12 hours of content, allowing you to take your favorite videos with you anywhere you go. It also comes equipped with pre-loaded FlipShare software, which makes it easy to organize, create and share your videos.
The Flip UltraHD is a firm favorite with folks who shoot video on the go. The device feels really good in your hands.
If you have used a Flip camera before, you will know the slightest movement will create shaky video. However, the image stabilization on the Flip UltraHD works very well - with that capability your chances of shooting shaky video are very much reduced.
The unit shoots at 60 fps and provides much clearer video than many of the small sized camera our there.
The Flip MinoHD combines signature Flip simplicity with enhanced video technology for best-ever HD video. The unit features built-in image stabilization, incredible 720p resolution, video shots at 60 fps and all in all very good video quality. The MinoHD thrives in all types of lighting environments, meaning your video will look stunning no matter the condition.
Kodak Playsport allows you to shoot video underwater. This waterproof digital video camera capable of shooting up to 3m under water. You can also go anywhere with its rugged design.
The unit can shoot full 1080p HD video recording in just about any environment and you can take some pretty amazing 5 megapixel widescreen HD still pictures as well.
The Kodak Zi8 is small enough to fit in your pocket and allows you to capture every experience in stunning 1080p HD video. It also comes with integrated image stabilization and you can watch the action on your HDTV or share your scene on YouTube with the built-in USB. It has a digital zoom of 4x and this focus free camera runs on lithium ion battery technology.
Yes, Sony is also introducing its very own small digital video camera model - the Sony Bloggie. This little camera lets you record your favorite moments in HD format and take 5 megapixel still images. You can easily transfer your MP4 audio and video to your compatible PC or Mac. Upload your media effortlessly to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like SmugMug or YouTube.
The above small digital video camera models can be very handy at times and that they are capable of recording full HD video at extremely affordable prices. Increasingly though, they are also getting real competition from still digital cameras which have the ability to deliver low resolution but solid and upload-friendly video. So it's really your call as to which kind of device you'd prefer.
If you've been looking for a good video editing program, you may want to check out Corel VideoStudio Pro. This software allows you to quickly create and share a movie using built-in templates, special effects, titles and transitions. You can apply unique effects such as stop-motion animation, time-lapse and chroma key to create brilliant digital videos.
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