Why Are Camcorders Still So Cool?!

Well, Camcorders might have been in the digital market for quite some time. But the technology behind it is incredibly fascinating!

The newest addition to the camcorder list are the Pocket Camcorders. In this article, we’ll mention about the various features of a pocket camcorder that makes it still alive and amusing!

What are camcorders?

A camcorder (camera recorder) is a portable electronic recording device capable of recording live-motion video and audio for later playback. Basically, it’s an electronic device originally combining a video camera and a videocassette recorder.

The earliest camcorders included tape-based, recording analog signals onto videotape cassettes. The first one launched by Sony in 1983 with the Betacam system.

In 2006, digital recording became the norm, with tape replaced by storage media such as mini-HD, microDVD, internal flash memory and SD cards. More recent devices capable of recording video are camera phones and digital cameras primarily intended for still pictures

Over the years, a new breed of camcorder emerged on the scene: the pocket camcorder. Popularized by Pure Digital’s Flip camcorders, pocket models are now offered by Kodak, Samsung, and Coby, among others. What makes a camcorder a “pocket” camcorder? Good question.


Pocket Camcorders – Features 

  • Design: A pocket camcorder is rectangular in shape and held vertically. It’s lightweight and pocket-able (as you might have guessed). It’s boxy, like a deck of cards. Unlike other camcorder models, it does not have a flip-out LCD screen. Instead, its display’s built into the body of the unit. You will, however, find touch-screen displays on a pocket model.
  • Low cost: Your average pocket camcorder runs from about $100 to $220, depending on the resolution. High definition models will tend to be at the higher end of that price range.
  • No optical zoom: The ability to magnify far away objects is very limited in pocket camcorders because they lack an optical zoom lens. The vast majority of pocket camcorders on the market use a digital zoom, which is of limited to no use.
  • Flash memory: Pocket camcorders use flash memory as a recording format, which is one of the main reasons why they’re so light and compact.

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  • Limited feature set: In a pocket camcorder, the name of the game is simplicity, so you won’t find much in the way of advanced controls. Pocket camcorders won’t offer manual controls over focus or exposure, you won’t find scene modes, video lights and many other features which give you greater control over the look of your video.
  • Easy to use: The upside to having a drastically limited feature set is that pocket camcorders are extremely easy to use. There are few buttons to get lost in and little worry about putting the camcorder in the wrong setting.
  • Built-in USB plug: A feature shared by many — but not all – pocket models is a built-in USB cable for connecting the model directly to a computer. A built-in USB connection makes the unit more portable and eliminates the need to keep track of yet another USB cable.
  • Built-in software: You won’t find a CD of software packaged alongside your pocket camcorder. Instead, like the USB cable, the software is typically built into the camcorder; and loads automatically once your pocket camcorder is connected to a PC.
  • Video Quality: Like traditional models, pocket camcorders come in both standard and high definition. Given the low cost and lower quality lenses typically found on pocket camcorders; you shouldn’t expect them to offer video on par with more expensive, full-featured camcorders. For casual users who are looking to share short video clips over the web; the video quality offered by pocket camcorders is more than acceptable.

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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