Camcorders

Creative Vado point-and-shoot budget camcorder

It's no XACTI botherer, but Creative's new Vado video camera will likely cause the Flip Video some headaches.  Intended to storm the budget camcorder market, especially targeting those users who aren't interested in manual settings and high-definition, the Vado comes with 2GB of onboard storage (good for 2hrs of footage), a 2hr battery and 640 x 480 VGA resolution.  A two-inch color screen does duty for viewing and reviewing what you've shot, while a flip-out USB plug means you needn't even bring a cable.

Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 reviewed: video, GUI disappointing

Sony's HDR-TG1 Handycam (or TG3 in Europe) is undeniably an attractive piece of kit, but are its results as slick as its design?  Akihabara have been testing the 1080i camcorder out and, after a week, come away with mixed feelings.  Yes, build quality is good and image stablization excellent, but the GUI is a disappointment and, most worrying, the TG1's video capture abilities are called into question.

Micro Orb spy camera: clip-capturing eyeball alternative

For some reason, this Micro Orb spy camera makes me think of Columbo-star Peter Falk.  Perhaps if the TV detective had been fitted with a 1.5-inch sphere capturing 30fps MPEG-4 video (with sound), gathering evidence might've been even easier.  On sale in mid-May, the video camera has a three hour rechargeable battery and can record up to six hours of footage onto a 2GB microSD card.

Check out the videos of the Micro Orb spy camera after the cut

DXG-569V camcorder: HD video recording for $169

It might not have the super-compact body of Sony's HDR-TG1, nor the sturdiness of Sanyo's Xacti, but DXG trounces both of them with the price of its HD camcorder.  The DXG-569V can capture 1280 x 720 video at 30 fps and shoot 5-megapixel stills, all for just $169.  It might only have a digital zoom (2x) but the 3-inch rotating LCD is nothing to be ashamed of; 32MB of onboard memory won't hold much, but that can thankfully be augmented via SD cards.

Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA8 – the waterproof Xacti you’ve been longing for

This new Xacti is waterproof, to an extent. The thing is, its not some weak extent like you can splash it and probably still be safe, no, you can take this thing up to 1.5 meters deep and hold and use it there for up to an hour.

Klegg Electronics Genesis V1803 Camcorder reviewed – not so great

This digital camcorder from Klegg is like the Swiss Army knife of digital camcorders. However much like the knife, it can do a lot of things, but isn’t particularly well versed at any one of them. This particular digital camcorder can record video, capture still images, play video games, read ebooks, play music, take voice notes, and can’t manage to do any of them spectacularly.

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 (or TG3 in Europe) – shiny, but does it work?

Things I like about this camera: the up to 1080i recording resolution, the shiny exterior, the fact that it comes with 4GB of storage. Things I don’t like about this camera: the 4GB of storage come on a Memory Stick PRO Duo card and the AVCHD recording codec.

Vivitar DVR565HD – shiny, but not quite a Xacti

This new digital camcorder from Vivitar isn’t giving up the goods, so we don’t have much information. However we do know that it’s an SD card recorder working with up to 4GB SD cards and it can record in H.264 at up to 720p.

Samsung NV 24HD digital camera – packed full of everything you’d expect from a high end camera

For starters, it has HD video capabilities as well as a 10.2MP image sensor. All that is recorded through a 24mm wide Schneider lens with a 3.6x optical zoom, so far this camera seems pretty mediocre, but I assure you its not.

DVICO TViX HD M-6500A – long name, similarly long format support list

This is a multimedia player, but not the portable kind that you might take with you. Instead it attached to the rest of your home theater via its updates HDMI 1.3a connection and gigabit Ethernet.

Sanyo Xacti CG9 – new, more user friendly Xacti

This is the latest effort from Sanyo to penetrate the market of the common/casual user with their video cameras. It still supports H.264 video which is great for those major YouTube uploaders out there, but its been fattened up due to surveys of the general public.

Xacti DMX-HD1000 reviewed

Akihabra News has a review up of the newest Xacti, overall they seem to like it for what it is, a digital camcorder, and an HD one at that. They say the video quality has received a big boost.

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