It was barely a week ago that I wrote up the Creative Vado HD pocket camcorder, which shoots 720p video. Now, for the same price, you can score a model that delivers 1080p.
Geeks.com has the Samsung HMX-U10 pocket camcorder for $59.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code woot at checkout. You also get a 4GB SD card and a carrying case.
The snazzy red HMX-U10 records 1,920-by-1,080 video at 30 frames per second. It sports a 2-inch LCD, built-in microphone and speaker, and onboard video-editing software.
In short, it compares favorably with the Creative and Flip pocket cams, at least on paper. What the HMX-U10 lacks is a built-in USB connector, an HDMI output (it does have a composite/component connector), and any kind of image-stabilization technology.
This last is something to think about. Although CNET hasn't reviewed the HMX-U10, many of the user reviews I've read suggest that you need to hold this camcorder rock-steady to get good video. You also need abundant lighting--shooting indoors can produce murky images (which is true of many camcorders).
The product specs mention compatibility only with Windows machines, but because the HMX-U10 records in the MPEG-4 format, videos should play fine on a Mac. Do keep in mind, however, that playing 1080p video requires a decent amount of horsepower. If you have an older, slower system, playback might look jerky.
Given how quickly the aforementioned Vado sold out, there's a good chance the HMX-U10 will as well. I wouldn't classify this as a top-of-the-line pocket camcorder (its specs notwithstanding), but it is one of the best deals I've ever seen on a 1080p model.
Update: I originally noted that this model was new, but it's actually refurbished, with a 90-day warranty. My apologies for the error.