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3 Tiny Pocket Sized USB Video Cameras

Updated on March 19, 2011

How many times have you missed a great video opportunity because you did not have a video camera in your pocket? That may seem like a strange question because how many of us carry a video camera in our pockets on any ordinary day.

Most cell phones have a video feature and we all have a cell phone handy at any moment. My issue is that a video taken on my cell phone is difficult to download to my computer. Often the file type is not compatible. Tiny pocket sized video cameras are designed to easily transfer their video to a computer.

Once video is transferred to a computer it can easily be uploaded to social networking sites and to

Kodak Zi6 Pocket HD Camcorder (Pink)

Macworld Video: Hands on with the Kodak Zi6

One example is the Flip Video cameras. The name is indicative of one of its unique features. A USB arm flips out from the size of the camera, which then plugs the camera directly to a computer. Integrated software makes the video ready to email, save or upload to your favorite site.

The Flip Video camera has a 1.5 in. non-glare monitor. This is very much appreciated when trying to capture video in the bright sunlight. There are no tape or memory cards to deal with. The Flip Video’s 2GB memory provides 60 minutes of filming.

Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black)
Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black)
Creative Labs Vado Pocket Video Camcorder (Silver)
Creative Labs Vado Pocket Video Camcorder (Silver)


Another example is the Creative Labs Vado Pocket video camera. It too is tiny and can fit in your pocket. It is described as the video camera that is about the size of a deck of cards. It gives you two hours of recording and you see what you are recording on its 2” monitor.

The Kodak Zi6 is truly a fun little video camera. It has a 2.4” monitor and can be viewed in HD. You can even see the video playback in slow motion. There is virtually no limit to time available for taping since up to a 32GB capacity SD card can be used. Videos taken with the Zi6 can also uploaded to


Don’t get the idea that these little video cameras are toys – but - some of them would be a great option for a child’s first video camera. They are not indestructible but there are not an abundance of moving parts to get broken and the size is appropriate for little hands.

Taken video should be fun and it can be. You will always get the best results when children and adults alike do not know that they are being taped. They may not even realize that you are filming since these cameras can hardly been seen if held inconspicuously.


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      barry 9 years ago

      wich is the better of the two,the flip vedio ultra or the flip vedio mino?

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      Debbie Cook 9 years ago from USA

      Thank you!

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      jmichaels59 9 years ago from Hinesville/Savannah, Ga

      Hey, well done! Great video usage, guess I am buying the FLIP MINO! Just enough info!


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