Digital Camcorder Buying Guide
Many people own digital cameras in order to be able to capture
photographs of certain moments and a growing amount of people
are now purchasing digital camcorders which have radically
changed in recent years. Digital camcorders can be bought in a
range of formats including MiniDV that use quarter inch tapes, DVD
models which to record to 3 inch discs and hard disk drive
camcorders that save video and stills to ant internal hard disk.
These camcorders have increased in quality in recent years and the
majority now provides high video quality with excellent
The majority of digital camcorders are compact
and lightweight; they also offer numerous different features.
Newer models are now capable of capturing widescreen video
which can be watched perfectly on large widescreen television
which offer high definition facilities. Most also let you take digital
still shots, which means that the camcorder is essentially a digital
camera as well. Although if the sole purpose is taking still shots,
then the buyer should obviously purchase a digital
The main advantage of a digital camcorder is
the ease of transferring the footage from the computer on to a
compatible computer. This transfer is usually carried out through
FireWire or a USB 2.0. Once the video is on the computer, it can be
edited by the user to meet their needs. In the majority of cases,
the video can then be burnt on to a DVD which can then be
watched on a computer or DVD played. DVD camcorders record
directly on to compact DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW or DVD-RAM and
these disks in most cases can also be watched on computers or DVD
players. In the majority of cases, these kinds of digital camcorders
are more expensive, although some people prefer them due to
their ease of use.
HDD camcorders are becoming
increasingly popular and record sales have been recently reported.
These camcorders save the video directly to an internal hard disk
located in the camcorder. In the majority of cases, these
camcorders are small and very compact; they also do not require
the mess of having to carry DVDs or tapes. The HDD camcorder
features hardly any moving part which means that there can not be
any mechanical noises heard on the actual filing. These camcorders
are generally used by people who require to make short novelty
films or films to upload on to websites such as
People who wish to make advanced films or
documentaries are advised to buy a more sophisticated camcorder.
People should bare in mind their budget when buying a camcorder,
small cameras can now be purchased on a relatively small budget.
Buyers should also consider what type of filming they will be doing;
small cameras are often used for novelty or comedy filming. Also
consider whether the camcorder should save the video on the hard
disk or on to a DVD.