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How to Decide Between a Full and Pocket Camcorder

Unsure which video camera to get? Check out these tips to help you decide between a full camcorder and one that fits in your pocket.


  • Step 1: View the video quality Check out differences in video quality -- though many full and pocket camcorders shoot high-definition video, full camcorders usually have more advanced lenses and sensors, as well as manual settings you can adjust.
  • Step 2: Decide on memory Decide how long you'll use your camcorder at a time, which impacts the size of memory you'll need. Full camcorders typically include more built-in memory than pocket cams.
  • Step 3: Consider additional features Consider if you want additional features; most pocket devices have few frills, while some full camcorders have additional features such as GPS and slow motion.
  • TIP: Check if a camcorder has built-in flash to enhance shots in low light, or image stabilization to compensate for camera shake.
  • Step 4: Transport the device Want to shoot video at a moment's notice? A full camcorder's larger size, additional features, and sensitive hardware make them generally less durable, portable, and easy-to-use than their pocket counterparts.
  • Step 5: Upload files See how your potential camcorder uploads files: many pocket devices have a built-in USB connector, while most full camcorders require a cable to connect to external devices.
  • Step 6: Figure out your budget Decide on a budget -- many of the extra features that separate full and pocket camcorders come at an extra cost.
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