Camcorders

Creative Vado point-and-shoot budget camcorder

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 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

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

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.

Klegg Electronics Genesis V1803 Camcorder reviewed – not so great

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.