Flash memory camcorders are an amazing piece of technology. First and foremost, flash memory camcorders are ultra sleek and portable, allowing you to take them virtually anywhere. The need to carry tapes, DVDs, and mini DVDs, disappears and you are left with an attractive little camcorder that plugs directly into your laptop or PC.
The advantages of flash memory itself are virtually endless. In camcorders, internal flash memory ranges from 8GB to 32GB, and with the addition of a mini SD disc, you attain the ability to record anywhere from 2-20 hours of footage. Because flash memory camcorders have no internal movable parts, they are said to be much smaller, yet more durable than most other camcorders. Another perk of flash memory is speed. The read/write rate on flash memory is significantly faster than other, disk based technology.
The final and most convincing benefit of the flash memory camcorder is its price. While this technology is relatively new, flash memory camcorders are becoming increasingly affordable. While you will need to purchase an SD card to accompany your new camcorder, this is the only additional purchase you will ever need to make. No more endless tapes and DVDs, as the tiny SD card will hold all of your footage.
Here is a list of the top flash memory camcorders available for under $100.
Coby – 1.3MP Mini Digital Camcorder, Model: CAM3000
Height: 0.7″ Width: 4.6″ Depth: 2.2″ Weight: 3.2 oz.
Display: 1.5″ LCD screen
Features: CMOS image sensor with LED, ArcSoft Media Impression software, 4X digital zoom, up to four hours of camera life, USB 2.0 interface, digital still camera mode, and 32MB built-in memory.
Includes: Four AAA batteries, A/V and USB cables, software CD, hand strap and owners manual.
Whats cool about it? This particular camcorder is very compact and reasonably priced. Other cool factors are the CMOS sensor, which allows for superb recording in low light and the YouTube compatible software.
Price: $49.99 at BestBuy.com
Aluratek Cinecam DV – Pocket Video Camcorder – 1.3MP Mini Digital Camcorder, Model: ADVC01F
Height: 0.98″ Width: 2.36″ Depth: 4.41″
Display: 2.0″ LCD screen
Features: 5.0 CMOS sensor, 8X digital zoom, 16MB built-in memory
Includes: Two AA batteries, AV cable, storage pouch, hand strap, installation disc and user’s manual.
Whats cool about it? The competitive price.
Price: $49.99 at CompUSA.com
Insignia Digital Camcorder Model: NS-DCC5SR09
Height: 3.5″ Width: 2.2″ Depth: 1″ Weight: 4 oz.
Display: 2.4″ LCD swivel screen
Features: USB 2.0 interface, 8X digital zoom, 5.0 megapixel CMOS image sensor, night mode, 64MB internal memory, various light balance modes, MP3 player, voice recording support, and a digital image stabilization system.
Includes: Two AAA batteries, A/V and USB cables, earphones, wrist strap, carrying pouch and owners manual.
Whats cool about it? The large, rotating screen is very wow. The built-in MP3 player and voice recording support will really let you personalize your home films.
Price: Regular Price: $99.99, Current BestBuy.com sale price: $59.99
DXG High Definition Digital Camcorder, Model: DXG-567VK
Height: 4.2″ Width: 2.4″ Depth: 0.8″
Display: 2″ TFT-LCD screen
Features: 2X digital zoom, 5.0 megapixel CMOS image sensor, 4:3 and 16:9 interchangeable aspect ratios, 32MB internal flash memory, USB 2.0 interface and a “Rapid Blog Manager”.
Includes: Mr. Photo 3, VideoWorks 6, and ArcSoft Total Media Extreme software. USB, A/V and charger cables.Two AA NiMH batteries, wrist strap, camera pouch and owners manual.
Whats cool about it? To me, the coolest thing about it is that the batteries are re-chargeable. I also love that it records in HD. All the included editing software and the YouTube ready Rapid Blog Manager are wonderful for sharing your footage with friends and family.
Price: $69.99 at BestBuy.com
Coby – 3.0MP Mini Digital Camcorder, Model: CAM4000
Height: 1.4″ Width: 3.8″ Depth: 2.5″ Weight: 3.2 oz.
Display: 2.4″ LCD screen
Features: CMOS image sensor with LED, ArcSoft Media Impression software, 4X digital zoom, up to four 1.5 of camera life, USB 2.0 interface, digital still camera mode, and 32MB built-in memory.
Includes: Three AAA batteries, A/V and USB cables, software CD, hand strap, carrying case and owners manual.
Whats cool about it? This is just as cool as the Coby 1.3, but has a larger LCD display
Price: $79.99 at BestBuy.com
Always remember that SD memory cards are not included with your camera purchase.