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The dawn of 2005 has brought a raft of MiniDV camcorders that offer easy operation at prices clustering around $500.

    Pocket-size camcorders

    The dawn of 2005 has brought a raft of coat pocket-size MiniDV camcorders that offer easy operation at street prices clustering around $500. The $510 Panasonic PV-GS35 boasts a 30x zoom, 95 minutes of battery life and a sleep mode that uses half the battery power of "On."

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    Panasonic PV-GS35

    Pocket-size camcorders

    JVC's new GR-D295, which costs $400, includes two 65-minute batteries. It also touts a button that, when tapped during recording, films the next 1.5 seconds in slow motion.

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    JVC GR-D295

    Pocket-size camcorders

    You can find incredibly sophisticated features in today's compact camcorders, but you can't have them all in any one $500 model. For $550, Canon's new Elura 80 records detail and nuance in low-light settings.

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    Canon Elura 80

    Pocket-size camcorders

    Sony's new $500 DCR-HC42 has a flip-out screen that allows you to see more of your picture when filming in wide-screen. At the touch of a button, the screen restores a traditional square picture with vertical bars on either side.

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    Sony DCR-HC42