The high-def video revolution has arrived, and it’s pocket-sized. Inspired by the runaway success of the Flip Mino, other tech companies are playing catch-up, offering their own takes on the micro-video-camera trend. DailyXY took three of them – all of which shoot 720p HD video – for a spin.
Like its baby brother, the Mino, the pocket-sized UltraHD is ready to go the moment you take it out of the box.
PROS: Flip-out USB means you can plug it straight into your computer. And it’s so simple, your grandma could use it.
CONS: Low-light performance, as with all cameras in this class, is murky. Memory is built-in, which is handy (you get 120 minutes at full resolution), but can’t be upgraded.
Kodak Zx1 (pictured above)
This Kodak is tiny but durable, and it looks exactly like a cell phone; it would be easy to film someone while pretending to send a text. (Not that we’d endorse that.)
PROS: Water-resistant and offers great daylight performance. Videos are stored on removable SD cards, which means you can keep multiple memory cards for vacations.
CONS: It needs a cable to connect to your computer, and it uses regular batteries. The sound is a bit muffled.
A little larger than the cellphone lookalikes above, this Panasonic has a traditional flip-out screen. Besides the larger display, the main advantage is that it’s completely submersible, so you can capture your snorkeling in vivid HD.
PROS: Waterproof and shock-resistant, it’s the ideal vacation camera.
CONS: Bulkier than its competitors. Plus, the proprietary file format can be finicky.
Image courtesy of mwboeckmann on flickr