The smallest digital camcorders under $100 (comparison & review)

I’m looking for a simple cheap camcorder to put videos up on YouTube. Of the 16 camcorders on amazon under $100, there are two groups to compare. The big and the small.

The small:

There are four camcorders between 3 to 19 cubic inches in size.

The RCA EZ101 Small Wonder and the popular Flip Video Camcorder are both the smallest, but they have no flip-out LCD screen. The VistaQuest VQ1005 is certainly small, but it has no LCD screen and no sound. That leaves us with the winner, Mustek DV 9300 at 18.096 cubic inches (pictured above). I’m buying this inexpensive mini one.

The big:

The rest of the 13 camcorders are between 98 to 252 cubic inches. Way too big. Get the Mustek DV 9300.

Here’s a complete list of digital video recorders under $100 sorted by size with the smallest first. (If you don’t see the list, click the comments to view the entire list).

VistaQuest VQ1005
2.3 x 1.5 x 0.875 inches
3.01875 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: one AAA battery
Other notes: No sound, No LCD screen, Check out some of the videos I shot with this camera on youtube.
RCA EZ101 Small Wonder Camcorder with 1.5-Inch LCD Screen
4 x 1.3 x 2.3 inches
11.96 cubic inches
SD card slot: no
Battery: two AA batteries
Other notes: No flip-out LCD
Flip Video Camcorder: 30-Minutes (White)
4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches
12.259 cubic inches
SD card slot: no
Battery: two AA batteries
Other notes: No flip-out LCD, there is also a 60-minute version
Mustek DV 9300 3MP MPEG-4 Digital Video Camcorder
3.9 x 1.6 x 2.9 inches
18.096 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: proprietary battery
Other notes: My pick.
Aiptek DV4100M 4.1MP MPEG4 Pocket Digital Camcorder
8 x 6 x 2 inches
96 cubic inches
SD card slot: no, CompactFlash slot: yes
Battery: two AA batteries
Aiptek DV5300 5MP MPEG4 Pocket Digital Camcorder
8 x 6 x 2 inches
96 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: two AAA batteries
Vivitar DVR-310 3MP MPEG4 Camcorder
3 x 8.3 x 6 inches
149.4 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: two AA batteries
DXG 506V 5.1MP MPEG-4 Digital Camcorder w/Still Image & MP3 Player
7 x 4 x 6 inches
168 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: four AAA batteries
Aiptek DV4500 4MP MPEG4 Pocket Digital Camcorder
6.7 x 3 x 8.5 inches
170.85 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: two AA batteries
Mustek DV5300SE 6-in-1 Multi-Function Digital Camcorder
4.2 x 7.5 x 5.6 inches
176.4 cubic inches
SD card slot: ?
Battery: ?
Aiptek DV5900 5MP Pocket Digital Camcorder
8.8 x 6.8 x 3.2 inches
191.488 cubic inches
SD card slot: ?
Battery: two AA batteries
Aiptek IS-DV 5 MP Digital Camcorder and MP3 Player
10 x 7 x 3 inches
210 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: two AA batteries
DC DXG-301V Digital Video Recorder with MPEG4 & Digital Still Capability
9 x 7 x 4 inches
252 cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: four AA batteries
Aiptek IS-DV2 6MP MPEG4 Image Stabilization Digital Camcorder
? x ? x ? inches
? cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: proprietary battery
Digital Concepts 3.1 MP Digital Video Camcorder w/ MPEG 4
? x ? x ? inches
? cubic inches
SD card slot: yes
Battery: two AA batteries
Mustek DV4000 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional Digital Camcorder w/1.5-inch LCD and 4 x Digital Zoom
? x ? x ? inches
? cubic inches
SD card slot: ?
Battery: two AA batteries

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Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

How timely! I’m dumping my webcam for a DigiCam! Thank you SO much for doing all of this research!

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