Still photos not cutting it for you any longer? Although there are plenty of HD video capable digital photo cameras out there for dual duty, the quality of dedicated video cams usually trump them in convenience, features, and form factor. Here are a trio of digital cameras for the blogger, would-be movie maker, and the sports fan...
For The Video Blogger
The Sony Bloggie Duothe name says it all. The Bloggie Duo is small enough to fit inside a pocket or purse, making it ideal for quick "whip it out and record" moments. The 4GB internal memory can store up to 2 hours of footage and the USB connection pops up when ready to download straight to your computer.
For The "James Cameron Wannabe"
This is as close to professional as you may get without going RED. The Canon XH A1 HDV Camcorder is production-ready equipment that you'll sometimes see being used by television crews and even inside some studios. 20x HD Video Professional L Series Fluorite Zoom Lens (wow, that's a mouthful!) and 1/2" native 16:9 CCDs running at 1440 x 1080 with DV II Image processing. If all that scared you (or your bank account), the option below might be a better choice.
For The Sports Fan
Having a waterproof camera is ideal for anyone who likes to record sports and outdoor activities without worrying about splashes or even accidental drops into the water. The Kodak Playsport Zx5 is waterproof for up to 10 feet and very easy to use; this $180 gem will be on every teen's wish list. The Kodak captures "good" video and even stills, making it a very versatile option, so you don't have to pull your cellphone to make that Soccer's practice sequel that you have in mind.
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