Top 4 pocket camcorders to buy in 2011-2012


In summer of 2011, best HD camcorders reputation are mostly taken by Canon Vixia, Panasonic HDC-TM, Sony HDR CX these HD modles. Maybe you have noticed in second half year of 2011, camcorder market is changing stealthily, and we see the new faces of Canon ELPH, Nikon CoolPix, Sony Cybr-Shot. However not only the most expensive is the best, here I will represent my tips on top new pocket camcorder daily life from the prospect what best satisfy your demand should be the best for you.

 No. 1: Canon PowerShot S95

Price: $294.99 – $399.99

Key Tech features:

  1. Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)
  2. 3.8x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle lens , Canon’s Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake
  3. Capture 720p HD video in stereo sound , play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  4. 10.0-megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor creates Canon’s HS System
  5. f/2.0 lens for low light conditions or shallow depth-of-field; control ring for intuitive manual control

 Bottom line: PowerShot S95 can be the best image quality you can put in a pocket-sized camera, With the largest image sensor for a compact camera, it shoots excellent image quality, even in low light. ITS Manual dials enables you have a D-SLR-like shooting experience. In summery, if you must have a camera that fits in your pocket, the Canon PowerShot S95 is the best compact one you can buy.

N02. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS

Price: $164.99 – $249.99

Key Tech features:

  1. A 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens and 5x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
  2. Canon’s HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without a flash need
  3. Full 1080p HD Video with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access
  4. Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.0fps and
  5. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  6. Lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings

Bottom line: the 12.1-megapixel Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS hints at the company’s response. It offers speed, low-light performance, and ease of use that few, if any, phone cameras can match. The 300 HS packs a lot of features into a small body, with good performance on all fronts and specs a step above many entry-level pocket cameras. Overall, it’s a solid, simple, and affordable digital camera.

No3. Nikon COOLPIX P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Price: $289.99 – $399.99

Key Tech features:

  1. 36x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens.
  2. 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for high-speed operation and exceptional low-light performance.
  3. Capture 5 shots in one second at full resolution
  4. Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo sound and HDMI Output
  5. 5-way VR Image Stabilization System
  6. 36x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens

Bottom line: This guy is light and easy to hold, which makes it a good travelling camera. Its HUGE 36x Optical Zoom is at full zoom which you could see buildings 5 miles away as if they were two blocks away. Up to 240 FPS video guaranteed nice slow motion and Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo sound and HDMI Output is another highlight. Briefly summery, 36x optical zoom. Fast. Sharp images and very good low-light performance. 1080p video capture. Manual controls.


N04. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9

Sony Cyber - Shot DSC - WX9

Price: $154.99 – $239.99

Key Tech features:

  1. Exmor R CMOS sensor for low-light performance, 5x, bright lens
  2. Full HD 1080×1920 with dual record of stills and movies
  3. 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama
  4. Fast capture with 10fps at full 16.2 MP resolution
  5. iSweep Panorama for one shot landscapes

Bottom line: This is a small and attractive digital camera offer automatic snapshots and speedy shooting performance, as well as good images and excellent HD video recording. I.e, Superior Auto Mode: a new feature that automatically reduce blur and noise after each shooting; when tried with 3D TV,  although it is not as good as you are watching 3D movie from Bluray but you actually can see some depths of the image; Excellent picture Outside shooting and Indoor shooting (even under auto mode).

For a pocket camcorder, the most import use is recording, Canon PowerShot S95 shots MOV, 720p; Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS shots MOV, 1080p; Nikon COOLPIX P500, Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9, shot MOV, 1080p; Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 shoots AVCHD/MP4, 1080i, if you want import these MOV, AVCHD files for playing on your Mac laptop or Mac Book Pro or editing in iMovie, FCPX, professional HD Camera Converter for Mac is a useful tool for you. It offer a free trial version to let you experience and offer necessary edit function includes crop the unwanted black edges, clip, merge, adjust image effect etc.

About the Author:

Magic is a camcorder fans and want to share her experience about camcorders and who likes using video conversion tools to maker a personliased home movie.

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