Action cams (also known as POV cams) have basically filled the hole left when minicamcorders like the Flip died off. There's a surprising amount of variety available at various prices, and here are our top gift choices in the category right now.
The Kodak Playfull Dual or Zi12 is the true replacement for its excellent Zi8.
The true refresh to Kodak's excellent Zi8 minicamcorder, the Playfull Dual records full HD video at 60fps and captures 12-megapixel stills.
The Bloggie Live gets built-in Wi-Fi, while the Bloggie Sport armors up.
Toshiba has introduced two new compact digital video cameras, the Camileo Z100, which has a 3D capture mode, and the Camileo Air10, a Flip-style camcorder that features built-in WiFi.
Your smartphone might capture HD video, but you probably don't want to take it underwater or hand it off to your kids. With these minicamcorders you can do that and more.
Your smartphone might shoot HD video, but this minicamcorder can go where most phones can't: 10 feet under water.
One's a budget candy-bar video cam, the other's a pistol-grip. Both are full HD.
The rugged Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a very good minicamcorder, but falls just shy of improving on last year's model, despite being more durable.
The HMX-W200 keeps you shooting full HD movies in the rain, snow, and surf and doesn't mind getting knocked around a bit either.