When you're jammed in a tight spot -- say at the bottom of a crevasse in the Swiss Alps with a broken fibula -- you're going to need a small camcorder to capture footage for the inevitable documentary about your amazing escape. The camcorders we've picked here aren't the best, nor are they the brightest. They're prized above all for their compact size and light weight.
If you want a high-quality shooter, you'll have to invest in something a bit bulkier. But when size matters above all else, you'll be glad of the svelte bodies on these tricks. So, let's take a look at our candidates.
The JVC Everio GZ-MC500 is a little harder to come by than it was a year ago, because it has been superseded by the much bulkier 505 model. Similarly, the MG20 is a little long in the tooth now, but remains one of the smallest camcorders out there. JVC's latest models seem to have mysteriously added more bulk -- no good for crevasse crawling.
The Samsung Miniket can be helmet mounted -- perfect for covering caving accidents -- and the Sony DCR-PC55 is average in all respects other than its fantastically small size. Even so, we've shot excellent footage with all these camcorders in good light, so if you want a camcorder that'll fit in your pocket, give this quartet a go.