When you’re looking for cheap video cameras, you should be sure that you check out product reviews just prior to purchasing, because frequently cheap equals inferior quality, plus the technological level is constantly changing. Simply because a video camera is under $200, does not mean that it is going to be a wise purchase. Sometimes they’re cheaply priced for a good reason — they’re cheaply produced.

Fortunately technology has now reached the level where you can obtain a cheap video camera that will provide you with high quality video and images.

The two most popular cheap, but good pocket-size camcorders are the Kodak Zi8 and the Flip Mino. Both of these video recorders have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s review the properties of each one.

The Flip Mino pocket camcorder:

– recording time: 60 minutes

– 2GB of fixed internal storage

– additional storage space – none

– records at 720 megapixels

– 640 x 480 resolution

– 30 frames per second shooting speed

– battery life up to 4 hours

– the rechargeable lithium battery that it comes with is not replaceable, nor can it be removed

– view screen size is 1.5 inches

– 2x optical zoom

– weight 3.3 ounces

– measures approximately 3.94 x 1.97 x 0.63 inches.

The Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera:

– records up to 10 hours of video on 1 SD card

– slotted for up to 32GB video cards

– multiple cards can be used for a virtually unlimited amount of video

– rechargeable lithium ion battery

– 90 minute battery life in video recording mode

– records at 1020 megapixels HD

– shoots at 30 frames per second

– has a 16:9 wide screen HD still picture feature

– takes still pictures at 5 mega pixel resolution

– editing software is built- in

– view screen size is 2.5 inches

– 4x optical zoom

– weight 3.9 ounces

– image stabilization feature

– 4.5 x 2.4.x 0.8 inches approximate size.

Both permit you to flip open a USB arm and plug it directly into your computer, so that you can instantly upload all your great videos to your favorite sites, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Other options exist for cheap video cameras, but the Flip Mino and Kodak Zi8 are the current leaders, and for good reasons. These tiny, handheld video camcorders are perfect options for those who are on a budget, because both can be bought at $179.95.

While you can’t go wrong with either product, at this moment I would order the Kodak. But by the time you read this, technology will undoubtedly have advanced further yet and leadership might well have changed.

Source by Ron King