Holiday gift guide: Top 5 HD pocket camcorders of 2010

We shortlist the best HD pocket cams from Sony, Flip, Panasonic and more

Pocket camcorders are small, flash-memory based cameras designed for casual users and video bloggers. They are around the size of a digital compact camera and are very easy to shoot with (simply point and press record). This makes them a good choice for families, as everyone - including young children - will be able to have a turn. They are also more affordable than traditional camcorders, with some models costing under $200.

All of the pocket camcorders featured on this list record video in high-definition and come from respected brands such as Sony, Panasonic and Cisco. To read our full, in-depth review, click on the photo of each camcorder.

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Sony HDR-TG5

The Sony HDR-TG5 is a minor evolution of the TG1 that adds some useful features but addresses none of its predecessor’s faults. Nevertheless, if you can get used to the unconventional shape it won’t disappoint.

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  • 20th Aug., 2009
  • Chris Jager
  • Sony
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  • Pros:
  • Beautiful titanium casing, highly compact, intelligent Easy mode, inbuilt GPS
  • Cons:
  • Below average low-light performance, too similar to HDR-TG1, unconventional shape won’t please everyone
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