These are dedicated systems that you can take anywhere. We know that you can rely on your HD video recording smartphone, but the difference is great, when you compare the optics and sensors alone. Let's see what a little bit of cash can get you these days.
Sony Bloggie Touch
We love the low profile design that almost mimics a smartphone. The 3" touchscreen screen is bright and crisp. The camera can record 1080p video at up to 30 fps and can even take 12.8 megapixel photos. There are talks about bringing a 3-D version too. Internal storage is only 8GB but it has a flip out USB connection for downloading the video files.
Casio Exilim Tryx
This tiny shooter can take 1080 video and 12.1 megapixel stills. We like that the screen rotates 270 degrees and the frame can rotate thru the whole range of 360 degrees., so you can take self portraits while seeing what's on the screen. You can even prop the camera to act as its own tripod or even clip it to your shirt pocket. The built-in HDR art function creates cool effects.
Sanyo Xacti VPC HD2000
This is a truly top notch camcorder that's capable of shooting full HD footage at an amazing 60 fps. The 8 megapixels stills look really good compared to the other 12 megapixels cameras within this range. We like the real optical zoom but the form factor makes it a bit tough to carry inside your pockets.