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Digital camcorders are the next generation of movie cameras for those who like to make home videos.
If you enjoy making home movies or want to start
capturing footage of special moments, then a digital camcorder is a must
A digital camcorder, or digital video
completely outclasses its analog counterparts in terms of image quality,
performance and flexibility. They donít have video noise and the picture
quality is virtually the same in LP and SP modes. Digital camcorders are
simple to handle as well.
Now there are hundreds of types and makes of digital
camcorders available in the market. And all of them are backed by
extensive advertising, which shows no mercy in using high phrases and
words describing its features. Most likely, a person who is visiting a
camcorder shop is going to lose himself in this camcorder deluge. How to
differentiate chalk from cheese? Also, a digital camcorder comes loaded
with some basic features that are common with every other model in
business. What options make a camera stand out from the rest and what
facilities should one be looking for in a digital camcorder? The basic
thing one should keep in mind is that the camera purchased should have the
right features, at a reasonable price.
Digital camcorders come in MiniDV and Digital8
formats. With both types, there is hardly any apparent difference in terms
of the quality of picture or sound quality Ė much more depends on
optics, CCD and electronic components involved in a given model.
MiniDV types are light weight compared to its D8
counterparts. In terms of compatibility, D8 are compatible with older
models where as MiniDV is tuned to the future. In some MiniDV, one could
store additional information on the aforementioned chip. Otherwise, both
the models provide similar features. Currently D8 is cheaper than MiniDV.
If one plans to purchase a digital camcorder supplied
by Sony, the lower priced ones uses D8 and the expensive ones are MiniDV
types. The latter comes with more features as well.
Optical stabilization system, FireWire (IíLink)
input/out, powerful digital zoom, and A/V and S-Video inputs are some of
the common features in any digital camcorder. But various models differ in
the level of implementation of several additional features, which
ultimately decide the price tag. A prospective buyer should go through the
specs and the provided accessories list to find out if the camera has all
the required features.
The picture quality of similar models of popular
brands does not usually have a marked difference. Panasonic and Sony are
two popular suppliers in camcorder market and both the players have a
similar performance in terms of picture and volume. But both rivals its
competitor when it comes to features.
Sony boasts superior image stabilizers while
Panasonic has an edge in mechanics, low-light performance, and
reliability. But such differences are not overwhelming and the tide could
reverse with the next model.
The bottom line is that you should buy a digital camcorder only based on its performance, features and accessories you really need, convenience and the price tag. With top brands, the basic level of performance is guaranteed. One cannot go wrong there. Hence the focus should be on comparing the features for similar models.
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