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Since the demise of Flip, realtors, as well as everyone else, have had to switch to other handheld video cameras to make their promotional videos. Here’s a quick run-down comparison of the specs on dedicated handheld video cameras (those that only shoot video and do nothing else) versus those included in some of the more popular cell phones:

Dedicated Video Cameras

Kodak Playsport ZX5

Does it shoot in HD? – Yes, 1080P

Memory – Uses SD and SDHD cards up to 32GB

Zoom – 4X digital

Still photos – 5MP

Extras – Video can be manipulated to be in black and white, sepia and several other options

Connects to computer via  a micro USB port

 

Sony Bloggie Live

Does it shoot in HD? – Yes

Memory -Internal only, 8GB

Zoom – 4X Digital

Still photos – 12.8MP

Extras – automatic white balance

Connects to computer via a USB port

 

Samsung W200

Does it shoot in HD? – Yes

Memory – Uses Micro SD cards

Zoom – 1X Optical, 3X Digital

Still photos -5.5MP

Extras – Waterproof

Connects to computer via a USB port

 

Cell Phones That Shoot Video

Apple iPhone 4S

Does it shoot in HD? – Yes, 1080P

Memory – Internal, 16GB – although that depends on the phone

Zoom – Yes

Still photos – 8MP rear

Extras – One camera on the front of the phone, one camera on the back

Connects to computer via the Cloud

 

Samsung Galaxy S III 4G

Does it shoot in HD? Yes, 720P

Memory -  16GB internal, supports micro SD cards up to 64GB

Zoom – Yes

Still photos – 8MP rear/1.9MP front

Extras – Excellent sound quality, uses AAC

Connects to computer via USB port

 

HTC Evo

Does it shoot in HD? – Yes, 720P

Memory – Uses Micro SD cards

Zoom – Yes

Still photos – 5MP front/1.3 rear

Extras – A portion of the back pulls out to become a kickstand

Connects to computer via USB port