Need is for a pocket camcorder that fits in a jacket pocket and has replaceable batteries and memory and maybe image stablilization and not to be too greedy but a frickin' simple rec/standby button that any passerby can operate (read: "hey, can you ski down there and take a short movie of me coming down this deep powder?"). . . . .I have yet to find anyone that can operate my point and shoot when it's snowing and cold.
Here is the latest consumer reports overview and thanks in advance!
Consumer Reports camera experts take a closer look at pocket-sized video cameras
Last reviewed: November 2009
When a full-sized camcorder seems to be too big for the simple job of recording a quick video to share on YouTube or e-mail, a pocket-sized video camera may be a great choice.
Here are several camcorder models, some of which are recommended, selected by our camera and camcorder experts.
Pure Digital Flip Video UltraHD
At $200, this was among the best HD-resolution pocket models tested. It's easy to use, has decent audio in moderately loud environments, and has more built-in software that helps you organize and upload clips. It stores video on internal flash memory.
This Kodak, $180, is stylish and stores video on removable SD or high-capacity SD memory cards. It's among the best HD-resolution pocket models tested. It uses a rechargeable battery. Unlike most pocket models, it has image stabilization, although it's simulated, which is not as good as the optical IS found on some full-sized models. It also has a stereo microphone jack and adjustable audio recording level for better sound.
The Apple iPod Nano (8GB)
This $150 Nano is first and foremost a portable media player, but it's also the first iPod with video recording capability-standard definition. Compared with other standard-def pocket models, video quality stood out. But the audio isn't as good as that of the others. It uses a nonremovable, rechargeable battery and stores video on internal flash memory.
Pure Digital Flip Video Ultra
This is a standard-definition model with 4GB of flash memory. This $150 model is among the best in SD pocket camcorders. Audio sounds decent in moderately loud locations. It's easy to use and runs on two AA batteries.
DXG 517V HD
The 517V is a decent, $100 high-definition pocket camcorder in comparison with other pocket models. It's relatively simple to use, runs on four AAA batteries, has a video lamp, and includes a tripod screw mount. It also shoots 5-megapixel still images.
RCA Pure Wonder EZ207
The Pure Wonder, $80, is a standard-definition pocket camcorder with 2GB of internal flash memory. It did not perform well in comparison with other pocket models. Audio sounds decent in moderately loud locations. A tripod screw mount is provided. Easy to use. Accepts 2 AA batteries.
Sony Webbie HD (MHS-CM1)
The Webbie, $200, is a decent high-definition flash memory camcorder with a 5x optical zoom, which is rare on pocket models. It can also shoot 5-megapixel still images, has a screw mount for use with a tripod, includes a video lamp, and has a nonremovable rechargeable battery.
The $90 DXG-125V HD is a decent, high-definition pocket camcorder in comparison with other pocket models. It's relatively simple to use and runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The company claims that the model has a rugged construction that protects it from moisture, although it's not waterproof. DXG also claims that its rubber handgrip protects it against bumps and drops, but it's not shockproof. It includes a belt clip on the camera body.
The Coby CAM5000, $100, is a high-definition pocket camcorder with 128MB of internal flash memory, although it has an SD-memory card slot for adding more memory. It's easy to use and has a tripod screw mount. But it did not perform well in comparison with other pocket models.
This $100 model is a decent, high-definition pocket camcorder in comparison with other pocket models. But unlike many smaller pocket models, it's constructed more like a full-sized camcorder. It's relatively simple to use and runs on four AAA batteries or a rechargeable Lithium ion battery. It has a video lamp and includes a tripod screw mount, both rare on pocket models. It also shoots 5-megapixel still images.
This $150 Samsung is a high-definition flash-memory pocket camcorder that has lower video picture quality in comparison with other pocket models. It doesn't come with any internal memory; you have to buy a memory card to record video. But it's relatively easy to use and runs on a non-removable rechargeable battery. It also shoots 10-megapixel still images.