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5 best shoot-and-share HD video cameras

If you’re looking to record high-definition video on the go, the last thing you want to do is carry around a bulky full-size video camera, traditional camcorder, or limited functionality digital camera — and not everyone has HD video recording built into their cell phones.

Grab one of these pocket-sized videocams to start recording HD video wherever you are, and then upload your videos to the Web with the press of a button.

  1. Flip UltraHD
    This is probably the most well-known shoot-and-share video camera, and for good reason: It’s super easy to use, it has 8 GB of built-in memory, and when you’re ready to upload your video, simply plug it into your laptop via a built-in USB arm. It doesn’t get much easier than that. And if you’re looking for even more portability, check out the Flip MinoHD which crams the same features into an even smaller size.
  2. Sony Bloggie
    The name says it all: This model is perfect for video bloggers who need a quick and easy way to capture and upload videos to their blogs. The Bloggie features a familiar design to traditional “gun-style” video cameras, but manages to be much smaller and still shoot full 1080p HD video (with the option to shoot 720p at double the frame rate). There’s also a smaller Bloggie Touch model for videographers who don’t have time to mess with buttons.
  3. Vado HD
    With its sleek design and choice of five colors, the Vado is definitely the most fashion-forward of the pocket HD camcorders. But it’s not all about looks, as the Vado’s got the features to compete with the big players, including 720p video, HDMI out, and the option to capture still images in addition to videos.
  4. Kodak Zi8
    Just try to resist these features: Full 1080p video recording, and expandable SD/SDHC card slot (for up to 32 GB of storage), and a flip-out USB arm for easy uploading. And with only five buttons, it’s a breeze to use. It even has a full suite of accessories (such as a tripod and external microphone) to evolve your mobile video recording experience.
  5. Samsung HMX-U20
    It might not have a name that rolls off the tongue, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss this powerful little device. It’s still capable of full HD video, as well as still images (with the added bonus of a 3x optical zoom). And when you’re ready to upload your videos to the Web, simply select the social network of your choice, and voila — it’s uploaded directly to the site for you. How easy is that?

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