Handy Pocket Camcorders

When you think of pocket camcorders, Flip is still the biggest name. But its been discontinued. Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen newer ones-many that could make a great gift.

Zach Falch carries his Flip pocket camcorder wherever he goes. He uploads his video adventures for all his friends to see.

Falch says, "If my Flip broke, I would be devastated. That would be something terrible."

With the Flip no longer being made, what are the other choices at hand? Consumer Reports tested 16 of the newest pocket camcorders, ranging in price from 100 to 300 dollars. Testers evaluated the camcorders primarily for photo and audio quality.

They also looked at how easy it is to upload content to social media sites.

Terry Sullivan of Consumer Reports says, "Audio and picture quality isn't going to be as good as a full-size camcorder's. But some come with unique features that are worth checking out."

The Sony Bloggie Duo has two LCD screens-one on the front and one on the back. That lets you get great shots of yourself.

And the ViewSonic DVP5 comes with a projector so you can show your video.

Sullivan says, "That's a neat feature, but the overall picture quality was not that great."

Consumer Reports also evaluated some 3-D pocket camcorders, but none did well enough to be recommended.

Then there's Kodak's PlaySport Zx5, which claims it's waterproof...and shockproof.

It earned top ratings in Consumer Reports' tests. And at $150, it's a Best Buy.

The Zoom Q3HD also got top ratings. Its pricey at $300, but it has the best audio quality of all the pocket camcorders tested.

Be aware that pocket camcorders typically don't come with much memory.

Consumer Reports says you'll want around eight gigabytes. Adding that much will cost about $20. Both the recommended models are upgradeable.


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