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The 10 Best Pocket Camcorders


No more lugging a bulky camcorder on holiday; now they come small enough to fit into your shirt pocket.

1.Nokia Lumia 800 Phone

£399.99, three.co.uk

The new Lumia 800 isn't just a decent phone, it's a pretty nifty camcorder, too. The Carl Zeiss lens makes for sharp videos and it has social-media apps pre-installed.

2. Bush Mini

£29.99, argos.co.uk

Bush's camera certainly doesn't give the best picture quality in the world but the five-mega-pixel camera isn't bad either – especially given it costs less that £30.

3. Panasonic upright HX-wa10

£279.99, panasonic.co.uk

The days of bulky shoulder-straining camcorders seem distant when you have this dainty machine in your mitts. It has a 12x optical zoom and 16-megapixel sensor.

4. Panasonic Waterproof Upright

£129, amazon.co.uk

If you fancy making your own version of The Blue Planet you could use this High Definition Panasonic that keeps out water.

5. Hello Kitty

£29.99, toysrus.co.uk

Ideal for your wannabe film director, the Hello Kitty camera comes pre-loaded with special-effect functions and photo-booth editing software to edit on the go.

6. Sony Bloggie 3D

£249.99, argos.co.uk

It may be small, but the Bloggie is anything but puny when it comes to features. The eight-gigabyte camera records in 3D and has a 3D LCD display on the back.

7. Vivitar

£49.99, homebase.co.uk

The Vivitar may not be the prettiest camera in the world but it's a great workhorse, benefiting from a 4x digital zoom and a 2in LCD screen. It also has eight exposure modes.

8. Mini DV

£29.95, menkind.co.uk

Fancy trying your hand at a bit of espionage? The 5.5cm-tall Mini DV camera is small enough to conceal in your button hole or hide on your desk and will record for two hours.

9. Toshiba Camileo

£89.97, tesco.com

Sturdy enough to be tossed in a handbag or rucksack, this is a great travel companion for your ski trip or beach break. It also features an unusually large 10x digital zoom.

10. Philips ESee

£149.99, amazon.co.uk

You can dive into a pool or jog up a hill with this water, shock and dust-proof camcorder from Philips. It comes with an eight-megapixel sensor and HD lens.