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Weekly Video Tip: Pocket Camcorders

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By Stephen Schweickart

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2011—Those new pocket-size camcorders are great, but there are subtle differences you need to be aware of before you make a purchase.

For starters, take a close look at how the video is stored. Some cameras, like the Flip, use a fixed amount of internal storage. Once it’s full, you have to download the contents to your computer to make room for more. Other cameras, like Kodak’s Zi8, use removable memory cards you can swap out if necessary. Both options offer sizable amounts of storage, but it all depends on how you plan to use the camera.

Batteries can be another issue. Cameras with internal rechargeable batteries can leave you high and dry if they run out of juice. Your only option is to plug the batteries in and recharge. Cameras with removable alkalines let you pop in a fresh set anytime they’re needed…as long as you remember to bring them along.

If you’re going to be interviewing people, do everyone a favor and use an external mic. Many models

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