Shooting your video podcast on the road can be a hassle with all the equipment you have to lug around. And the size of a decent video camera is often a big culprit for that. The Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal Camcorder can help you trim off a little of the bulk.
Measuring just 3 x 0.9 x 3.8 inches and weighing 6.3 oz., it's one of the most portable camcorders you can take on the road. It loses none of the functionality despite the minimal dimensions, offering features found in much larger units, like 1080p video recording, multiple shooting modes and built-in WiFi for automatically streaming content directly from the camera.
The Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal Camcorder features a stylish design that makes it ideal for setting down on a table to record you blabbing about things other people hopefully care about in front of a blank wall. The 2.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display can be rotated and tilted to face a variety of angles, including the front, so you can see if you're off-center on the frame without having to use a separate monitor. Main features include a 12.8 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, an f2.8 fisheye lens with a 160-degree field of view in movie mode, and stereo mics.
It comes with a variety of preset audio and video recording modes, with a Smart Auto Mode that you can use if you don't like pretending you know what to do with those kind of settings. Features include SD card storage, two recording speeds (fast and slow motion), lens settings (wide and close-up), a USB port, support for smartphone controls, an integrated adjustable stand, and a tripod mount socket. The onboard 760 mAh battery should be good for around 45 minutes of recording time.
Slated to come in white and black models, the Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal Camcorder will be available in September, priced at $299.99.