Capturing memories has never been easier or more popular. From phones to cameras to tablet computers and good old-fashioned camcorders, moments can be documented, edited and shared within seconds for the world to enjoy. Whether you’re spending time with a growing family, marking a special occasion or embarking on an exciting travel experience, having a compact camcorder on hand is the perfect way to document your favourite moments.
However, the electronics market today is filled with products. There are camcorders that range drastically in size and price with little other decipherable differences to the uninformed consumer. Salespeople can be very helpful but the looming prospect of an ‘up-sell’ is never far from mind. It’s therefore worthwhile to get informed about what you’re looking for. Here are some of the best handheld camcorders on the market today, chosen for their ease of use when you’re on the go.
Sony Bloggie PM5KW
The Sony Bloggie PM5KW is pretty smart for quick shooting on the road or at a party. This model has a nice slim body so it’s easy to carry and fits comfortably into coat pockets and handbags. Another fun feature of the Bloggie is its 360° lens which allows for great panoramic videos. This feature is fantastic for traveling or fitting in all the generations around the dinner table!
Toshiba Camileo P100
The Toshiba Camileo P100 is fairly similar to the Bloggie, although the shape of the camera itself is different, with a ‘pistol grip’ style that is quite easy and intuitive. The Camileo offers a 8x zoom which is great for capturing images at a distance and it features an HDMI connector which allows for direct playback through an HD TV, the perfect (and easiest) way to share your videos and images with those you love.
The Panasonic HX-DC1 is little pricier, but this camera boasts higher image quality, a longer zoom and a fancy futuristic look. This camcorder also records two-channel audio which means that you get stereo sound quality on all recordings. Though your grandkids might grow up faster than you can keep up with, you can preserve all your earliest memories of them in crystal-clear sound.
It’s easy to be intimidated by facts or figures when it comes to new technology. But camcorders have never been easier to use, despite the fancy technical jargon that often accompanies the price tag. What’s most important is being able to capture those special moments with quality, clarity and confidence and for this, all that’s needed is a little basic knowledge.