Small video cameras are the best way to preserve your memories. Products have come a long way and now offer incredible video quality at affordable prices. But how do you pick the perfect portable, handheld video camera when there are dozens of options? To help you make the best choice we have researched 30 new and bestselling cameras and picked the top ten. All winners offer excellent technology, great features, and a fair price. Modern video cameras may seem small, but they are packed with features! Here are the most important specs to look for when you are shopping.
Video Quality: Video quality comes down to the resolution of the camera. The two most popular standards right now are 1080p full-HD and the future-proof 4K Ultra-HD. Both work great and deliver sharp, lifelike videos. Which one should you get? If you are looking for value, choose 1080p. If you are looking for the best image quality, pick 4K.
Zoom: Zoom lets you film far away images as if they were within your grasp. As you may know, it is represented by a number and an “x” (e.g., 5x, meaning you can magnify the image by up to 5 times). High zoom capability is useful for exploring new environments or capturing video from afar.
Touchscreen: Does your handheld video camera have a hands-on screen? A touchscreen makes using the camera easier but isn’t a must-have. Generally, we do recommend it since ease of use can make your adventures more fun, especially in fast-paced situations. Don’t let your camera controls slow you down!
Battery Life: Maybe someday the infinite battery will be invented, but until then we have to use our heads and make the most of the battery life we have got. Small cameras are made for use on the go, and where power is not available, so it is important to choose one with a battery life that fits your needs.
Size: You are looking for a small video camera so size is a big factor (pun intended). The camera’s size determines what you can do with it and where you can take it. There is no one-size-fits-all, though, and the correct measurements depend on how you plan to use and store the camera. In general, smaller is better.
Weight: Your handheld video camera should not weigh you down. It should be light and easy to take anywhere without much thought. Whether your camera is attached to your body or helmet trip or in-hand, a lightweight option will provide optimal comfort. We have purposefully selected small, lightweight cameras.
Time for the camera reviews! If you’re in a hurry, check out the Top Pick and Budget pick, they’re really great choices. Let’s go!