The idea for the Looxcie line of wearable, hands-free video cameras was born of necessity. The founder of the company wanted to record all his important family memories while still being able to participate fully in the action of each moment. He founded Looxcie in 2008.
The pocket video camera market is pretty crowded; legions of companies such as Flip, Kodak and Samsung are vying for your business with their dedicated camcorders, not to mention the many new smartphones boasting 1080p video recording as a feature. Telling camcorders apart can be a challenge, since many of them tout nearly identical features at very similar (and sometimes very different) price points.
Today, for under $10,000, several excellent video camera kits exist which would have had me laughed from the room had I suggested them ten years ago. JVC is making a very compelling case for its brand newGY-HM790U media camcorder. This camera has every feature you need to capture high-quality footage, both in the studio or in the field.
Sony continues to forge a mighty path into the increasingly competitive world of DSLRs in the form of the Sony Alpha a560. The big news about the a560 is that after pushing off video capture in their DSLRs until they (Sony) felt it was genuinely user friendly, the a560 records 1080p HD video with stereo sound. And while they were at it, they threw in still capture at burst rates of up to 7 frames per second. Heavens love ya', Sony!
Canon's newest D-series DSLR— the Canon EOS 60D — features a slew of updates and improvements for shooting stills and video that should warm the cockles of the hearts of pros and serious amateurs alike.