If you are the type of family that are always getting out old video tapes of relatives and sitting around the TV to enjoy poignant memories of happy times, you’ve probably gone through several makes and models of camcorders within your family already.
And if you are serious about capturing the important events in the lives of your nearest and dearest, it is possible that your obsession has filtered down to the younger members in your brood as well. With this in mind, we have sourced a camcorder, suitable for every age and member of the family, starting off with the youngest.
CHILDREN AGED 5+
Moshi Monsters Pocket Camcorder – £29.99
A lovely little pocket camcorder for your child, and it is easy to use. The Moshi Monsters 5MP Pocket Camcorder can video and take photos and you can watch what you have recorded back on the 1.5 inch colour screen, or via a TV using the AV output. Features a 2x digital zoom and requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included). Includes wrist strap, USB cable and AV cable, weighs 100g and measurements are: H5.5, W9.5, D4cm. From Argos.
Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder – £159.29
Teenagers are increasingly wanting to share their experiences, whether it be on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, or YouTube, and the Sony HDR-CX1090 packs enough oomph to allow them to show off to their mates. It is mega easy-to-use, recording stunning 1920×1080 Full HD video and snapping 5.3 megapixel pictures. There is a 25X/30X Extended digital zoom lens, allowing you to get closer to the action, and the Electronic SteadyShot keeps everything steady. From Amazon.
iON Air Pro Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera/Camcorder – £189
This is a true action camcorder for the sporting enthusiast who experiences life to the max. You can mount the camcorder onto a bicycle, a set of skis, a helmet, or even a surfboard, as the camcorder is waterproof to 10m. Shoot whatever you are experiencing in high definition and the wi-fi allows you to email the footage to a computer. There are four HD settings (1080p, 960p, and two at 720p) with two frame rates (30fps and 60fps). The single button operation makes it very easy to record. From Amazon.
FOR THE EXPERTS
PANASONIC HX-WA3EB-H Waterproof Pocket Camcorder – £239.99
This camcorder takes exceptional HD video footage, and 10 megapixel photographs, and is operational in temperatures as low as -10°C and waterproof to 5m. Records in full HD at 1920 x 1080p, and allows you to quickly switch between modes so you can choose between smooth HD video or take high quality photos with the 16 megapixel camera and 28mm wide angle lens. There is an active image stabilizer, an automatic or manual focus and light sensitivity to 9 lux. From Currys.
Vivitar DVR 538HD High Definition Digital Camcorder – £29.99
If your grandpa had suddenly expressed an interest in wandering around capturing landscapes and scenery but you want an idiot proof camcorder that he will find a cinch to use, this one from Vivitar will fit the bill. It is lightweight, and probably one of the easiest camcorders on the markets. The Vivitar DVR 538HD videos in 720p high definition with a large 2.4″ preview screen, there is a 4x digital zoom & a built-in microphone & speaker. You can also add your own special effects, and upload footage to the internet with Vivitar Experience S. From Amazon.