What to Look for in the Best Small Video Camera


Convenience is often the primary reason for choosing a small video camera.  Thanks to modern technology, pocket cameras no bigger than most cell phones now feature high definition video images and other options you would never have thought possible just a few short years ago.  Camera manufacturers these days are coming out with small video cameras with more options and capabilities, at a variety of price points.  What should you look for, and how can you find the best compact video camera?

Simple to Use

Spontaneity is the selling point behind small video cameras.  They lack many of the capabilities of full size cameras but it is their very simplicity that makes them attractive to many people.  With a few buttons (that you can count on the fingers of one hand), you can begin to capture, record and view your videos.

Compact video cameras usually have small screens, about 2 inches, and often display only the most important information such as battery level and remaining video recording time.

You can easily take a small video camera around with you.  Whenever a picture-perfect moment comes up, you’re ready with your camera and can start shooting at once.


Because of their simplicity, pocket size video cameras are easy to use and are very affordable.  Limited menu options mean that manufacturers can keep prices low.  Prices can start below $100 and go up to about $150.  Factors that affect the price include materials used in construction, limited options, included software, and brand.


Depending on how much money you are willing to spend, you can get HD video on a small video camera.  A 720p resolution provides images that are sharp and clear.  However, you mustn’t expect too much from a pocket video camera.  They are usually equipped with lower-quality optics.  In many cases only minimal digital zooming is available.  Audio recording quality is good enough to get a decent sound.

Recording Capacity

Most models provide about an hour of built-in video storage via the camera’s internal flash memory.  A few models have the option to expand the memory using SD cards.


Video cameras usually come with specialized software for processing and editing your captured video images.  A USB connector allows you to plug the unit into your computer.

Finding the Ideal Small Video Camera for You

If you are planning to purchase a pocket video camera the first thing you have to do is make a list of the features you want in your camera.  Determine how much you are willing to spend and find some pocket cameras that fall within your budget.  Write down the advantages and disadvantages of each camera.  Decide which small video camera offers the best features and quality that you can afford.  If there is a gadget store near you, a visit to the store may help you with your decision.

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