The Contour GPS sports camera is the sweet spot in Contour's sports camera lineup, offering most of the features that most owners will find useful, and at an affordable price.
Provided top-notch video quality isn't your priority, the Playfull will suit most users looking for HD video in a pocket camcorder — with "pocket" being the operative term, as the Playfull is miniature.
As long as you don't do a lot of low-light shooting, the Q10 is a cute little full HD camcorder designed for left- and right-handed users.
The Caidrox CD-3000 drive recorder combines a good deal of information about on-road incidents that would come in handy for determining fault in a crash, but it helps to be computer-adept to use its viewer software.
The Contour+ sports camera is simple to use, with pro-level flexibility and quality; however, Contour's lower-priced options may be more appropriate for casual users.
A solid first effort in a nascent category, the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 nevertheless needs some conceptual refinement.
Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.
For those with a predilection towards action-adventure, the Kodak PlaySport Zx5 will be a worthy companion.
The Bloggie 3D provides a cheap and easy way to make 3D videos — though the effect might leave you feeling more seasick than satisfied.
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
If money is no object and you want the maximum flexibility from your HD sports camera, the V.I.O. POV.HD is one of the best. However, the considerable bulk and high price tag will likely deter most.
The Canon Legria M40 should please most home movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need an electronic viewfinder, the M40 is a good buy.
Toshiba's S30 will satisfy those who are happy to sacrifice video quality for a slim camcorder.
The Sony Bloggie Touch will probably be ideal if you're seeking a mini-camcorder that you can stash in your pocket and use to capture decent video. A lack of settings and a sluggish autofocus limit its uses, though.
GE's waterproof pocket camcorder looks to be a cheap contender to take on the Sony Bloggie Touch.
So long as you're not expecting Hollywood-esque footage, the BW10 from Toshiba is a decent (and cheap) waterproof camcorder.
It would be easy to dismiss the ViewSonic 3DV5 as a gimmick, but we have to admit we had fun with it. The pocket camcorder makes filming and viewing your own 3D videos and photos simple and affordable.
Fairly affordable and offering a decent balance of abilities, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is a good camcorder that takes notable still photos. Superior video quality is available elsewhere, however, for around the same price.