Pocket camcorders are slowly but surely taking over the space that was once ruled by bulky flip camcorders. It was first introduced by a company known as Pure Digital Technologies that introduced the Flip video. Now unlike the conventional camcorders these little beauties are not only affordable but can easily be slipped into your pocket alongside your cell phone. Moreover they come with either a decent amount of built-in memory or give you the choice of slipping in an SD card via the memory expansion slot. However, they don’t quite offer zooms to the extent that the flip camcorders offer. For instance the compact camcorders are limited to digital zoom and come with no optical zoom that are offered by normal camcorders. So if you are simply looking for a compact and affordable camcorder here is what you can get your hands on.
The reason why the Kodak Zi8 came out as a winner was due to the fact that this little beauty allows you to add in more memory via the memory expansion slot. Reason being, the Zi8 doesn’t come with built-in memory as compared to others in its category. Nevertheless the device can accommodate a whopping 32 GB of memory and with the fall in price owning an 8 GB card is not something impossible. That apart the Zi8 is priced competitively and comes with a whole lot of features that makes it a winner. Speaking about features the Kodak is the only compact camcorder that allows you to record in three different modes – 1080p, 720p and WVGA. Other than its capability of recording videos the Zi8 also features a 5 MP CMOS censor that allows you to take still images. So if you are looking for a camcorder that’s rich in features yet affordable settle for the Kodak Zi8.
For: Expandable memory, full HD recording, vibrant screen.
Against: Grain sized buttons, low image details, night videos are under-exposed.
Rating: 4 out of 5