Small, cheap, camcorders were one of 2008's hottest gadgets. And now there's a new wave of HD models that won't break the bank but will serve up killer home movie footage. Here's our pick of the best.
The original Flip kicked this whole cheap camcorder revolution off, and their slimmed down new 720p HD version is fighting to be number one. Ok, it's basic, but it's tiny and can be slung in a bag without fear of it breaking down. You can record 60 minutes onto the 4GB of internal storage. The only set back? It's still not hit the UK.
The Flip's original rival, the Vado HD trumps the MinoHD with 8GB of storage, letting you snag 2 hours of your mates falling off bar stalls and the like. While it records in 720p, you can watch your footage in 1080i when you hook it up to the TV. It's not the cheapest, but its size makes it a winner.
The first HD budget camcorder, the Kodak Zi6 might be bulkier than the Vado and Flip, but crams in a bigger screen, up to 32GB of storage via the SD slot, as well as 30fps and 60fps shooting. There's even the chance to play back in slow motion. Size is an issue, but at £130, price most definitely isn't.
Sony's answer to the Flip came at this year's CES, in the form of this slick new vertical model. You get a rotating swivel screen, 1080i shooting, 5MP stills and of course the Sony brand to set you apart. Drawbacks? No optical zoom and like the Flip and no UK release plans as yet. Boo!
For full 1080p shots, this is where it's at. The recently outed P30 is Toshiba's attempt to claw back some camcorder love from those enamoured with other cheap peepers. The P30 packs a 2.5in screen, with a pistol-style body. Bigger than its rivals, but well–priced, with SD support and HDMI connectivity.