Low End Video Camera Comparison Chart

NOTE: Comparison chart was created based on available information and features are subject to change.

 

Flip Ultra HD

Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD Waterproof

Toshiba CAMILEO® S30 1080p HD

Sony Bloggie Touch

Samsung HMX-E10 1080P Pocket Camcorder

Price

$109

$134.95

$111.72

$134.99

$86.39

Size

1.2 x 2.2 x 4.2 inches, 6.1 ounces

2.4 x 1 x 2.7 inches,1.2 pounds

4.3 x 0.8 x 2.4 inches,2.8 pounds

2.7 x 4.9 x 2.7 inches,9.8 ounces

0.7 x 4.3 x 2.3 inches,8.8 ounces

Battery Type

AA Rechargeable (included,) accepts AA standard.

Lithium Ion, Rechargeable

Lithium Ion, Rechargeable

Lithium Ion, Rechargeable

Lithium Ion, Rechargeable

Resolution

1280 x 720

1920×1080

1920×1080

1920×1080

1920×1080

Built In Memory

8 GB Internal

128 MB built in, SD/SDHC slot expandable up to 32 GB

128 built-in, 64 GB expandable SD/SDHC

8 GB Internal

MicroSD (not included)

LCD Display

2 Inch Screen

2 Inch Screen

3 Inch Touch Screen

3 Inch Touch Screen

2.7-inch Touch-Screen

Recording Time

2 Hours

10 Hours of HD Video @ 32 GBs

60 Mins per GB  at 420p resolution, 20 mins per GB at 720p

4 hours

No data from manufacturer

Additional Features

Includes proprietary movie-editing software

Waterproof to 10ft

Self-Timer, Auto-Focus

12.8 MP Stills while filming, image stabilization

270-degree swivelling lens

Checklist for Buying a Video Camera

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Buying a new video camera can be daunting, with all the thousands of different options available to you.

How do you make your choice? Your final pick comes down to what you intend to use your video camera for.

 

This checklist will guide you through a few of the most important points to take into consideration.

 #1 – Your Price Range for your Video Camera

Spending more money doesn’t always mean you’ll get a camera that’s better suited for your needs. Sometimes buying a lower end video camera that does what you need it to do better will have you better off than paying more.

That said, before you start shopping, get a good sense for what you’re willing to pay.

 #2 – What Resolution Do You Need in a Video Camera?

Do you need just a low-resolution video camera for shooting YouTube videos? Or do you need a top of the line high-def video camera for filming DVDs?

 #3 – Battery Considerations for your Video Camera

There are a few things to consider with batteries.

First, consider how long the built-in battery will last. Naturally, the longer the better, but it’s not the end of the world if the video camera has a short battery life.

More importantly, how easy is it to switch out the batteries for a fully charged one? What’s the cost of buying an additional battery? Can you use traditional AA batteries, or do you have to purchase another lithium ion battery?

 #4 – Optical Zoom on your Video Camera

It’s important to realize the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom. Optical zoom is when your video camera uses lenses to enlarge light before it’s recorded digitally. Digital zoom takes the same amount of data and enlarges it digitally.

Any time you use digital zoom, you’ll lose quality. In fact, digital zoom can be done after filming in just about any video editing software.

In other words, if you want high resolution videos shot from a far distance, you’ll be better off with a camera that has a high optical zoom.

 #5 – Memory and Media in your Video Camera

There are many different kinds of storage media to choose from. On one hand, you can go with the strictly built-in memory cameras. These are particularly good for casual users who don’t want the hassle of dealing with memory cards.

On the other hand, for the pros, there’s everything from SDHC / Memory Sticks to MiniDVs to built-in hard discs. Each has different storage capacities, limitations and price stickers.

#6 – Other Video Camera Options

Other options to look for include …

  • Light detection. Some video cameras are able to detect what kind of lighting you’re filming and adjust accordingly.
  • Anti-shake. If you’re moving while filming, some video cameras can digitally compensate for it so the video looks as if you were holding it still.
  • Waterproof. If you ever have the chance to take your video camera underwater, you can get some truly spectacular shots.
  • Still picture shots. Some video cameras have a button that allows you to take still pictures while you’re filming.
  • Auxiliary mic. Some video cameras allow you to plug in a third party microphone to get better sound quality.
  • Widescreen. If you’re shooting for DVD or high-quality video, having a widescreen camera can give a very cinematic effect.

#7 – Return Policy on your Video Camera

Believe it or not, the return policy on a video camera is actually quite important. You never know if you’ll really like the camera until you’ve had a chance to take it home for a test run.

Some stores have a zero-return policy, or a return only if defective policy. Others have a 30 day policy, while still others have a year-long “no questions asked” policy. Naturally, the more lenient the better.

These are a few of the most important things to take into consideration when you’re buying a digital video camera. Once you’ve made your decision and made your purchase, remember that you can always return the camera and choose a different option if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted.

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