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How to Choose a Pocket Camcorder

Pocket camcorders allow for fast, mobile video recording. Here are some tips to help you choose the right device.


  • Step 1: Consider the user Consider who will be using the pocket camcorder you choose -- less tech-savvy people might want a device that's easy to use, while gadget mavens may be looking for a wide variety of features.
  • Step 2: Examine aesthetics Check out the variety of pocket camcorders before you choose a model. Research different styles, the size and placement of the controls, and whether it's light enough to carry around regularly.
  • TIP: Check out camcorders in person at an electronics store in addition to reading reviews online.
  • Step 3: Factor in features Factor in additional features like water- and shock-resistant models and accessories like a tripod or case.
  • Step 4: Check its capabilities Choose a pocket video recorder that shoots well in the environments where you plan to use it most. Investigate how the device works under various lighting conditions, if it shoots high-definition video, and whether the camcorder also takes still images.
  • Step 5: Long for battery life Study the battery life for various pocket camcorders before you choose a model; most devices have a rechargeable power supply, though some also operate using disposable batteries.
  • Step 6: See what it stores Look into the camera's storage capacity. Consider options for expanding the storage size with additional hardware. Check if the camcorder includes a USB connection or requires a cable to attach it to a computer where you can store files.
  • Step 7: Consider price Identified the features that are important to you? Consider the price for the various pocket camcorders available and choose the best device for your budget.
  • FACT: On November 30, 1956, CBS aired "Douglas Edwards and the News," the first videotaped show ever to be broadcast.

You Will Need

  • Research
  • Budget
  • Electronics store (optional)
  • Online reviews (optional)

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