Top 5 Best Video Cameras for Vacation

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Most smartphones and pocket cameras have a video function, but if you love taking videos you’ll want a video-specific camera for your big adventures this summer. Camcorders are no longer the shoulder-mounted machines they were back in the day—most camcorders now are the size of your cell phone or smaller. Here are our top choice camcorders for summer vacation.

Sony Waterproof GW77

This rugged, vacation-proof camcorder offers over a 20-megapxiel resolution with 1080 full HD video capabilities and a 10x optical zoom.

• Light and easy to carry
• No delay between opening flip screen and beginning to record
• Good low-light capability
• Auto-focus and zoom function well

• Touchscreen doesn’t always function properly
• LCD screen doesn’t function underwater
• Short battery life

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Panasonic HX–WA03

This camcorder also boasts still photo capabilities, with 16-megapixel resolution, 1080 full HD video, and is waterproof, dustproof, and freeze-proof for adventurous travelers.

• Includes wind-canceller function
• 18x intelligent zoom
• Fish-eye lens option
• Very comfortable pistol grip

• Menu system not intuitive
• Cannot use record function from menu
• Short battery life
• No touch screen option

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Samsung HMX–W300

This camcorder looks more like a phone than a camcorder, but it’s waterproof to 16 feet, shockproof rated at 6.5 feet, dustproof, and has full 1080 GD video capability.

• Built-in USB for easy, non-wireless sharing
• Has still photo capability (but they’re not great quality)
• Small and very portable

• Low-light function is lacking
• 20 minutes max recording time without resetting record button
• Delay lag between hitting record button and imaging

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SpyTech Mobius Action

This tiny camcorder records full 1080 HD video at 30 frames per second and weighs a mere 0.3 ounces. It’s not waterproof, but can record in “dash camera” option for easy start-and-stop videos.

• Can double for use as webcam
• One of the most inexpensive, high-end pocket camcorders available
• Great low-light capability
• Clear sound recording capability

• No viewfinder, have to use screen
• Overheats easily
• No image stabilization
• Battery cannot be replaced

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GE DVX Pocket Video Camera

This camcorder is waterproof up to 15 feet, shockproof, and offers full 1080 HD video recording. It ships with a 2GB SD card.

• Sturdy, portable, solid design
• Recording format is .MOV
• Great sound recording capability, even underwater
• USB plug-in for easy sharing on home computer without wireless connection

• Sleek design can make it hard to hold on to
• Short battery life
• Menus difficult to navigate
• Manual only online

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