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Camcorder Deals: Tips on Getting a Great Deal on a Digital Camcorder

Jul 17, 2008
Using a digital camcorder is the best way to preserve memories of the people and places that are important in your life. If you are tired of using the video function on your digital camera and want to expand into better looking digital video, a digital camcorder is the way to go. Here are a few tips for getting the type of camera you are looking for (at the right price).

Before you start shopping, it's absolutely essential that you set a budget for your camera. Without a budget, you'll either experience sticker shock when you head to the store, or you'll end up buying a more expensive camera than you should. Good quality digital cameras costs anywhere between $300 and $1000. Make sure you know where on that range you fit so you can start looking at the right models of cameras.

A lot of people suggest reading reviews first before heading to the store to see the cameras in person. However, there are a few disadvantages to this process. First of all, you'll probably be overwhelmed by the amount of reviews and information available on digital cameras in magazines and online. The models you see in these sources may be light years ahead of what you actually need, and cost a lot more. Secondly, your personal opinion of the look of the camera and its operation is more important than what the technical reviews say.

With this in mind, head to the local electronics store and get your hands on the digital camcorders in person. Evaluate how the different models feel in your hand and take note of how easy it is to use the controls. Do some testing of the cameras in different lighting situations if you can manage it in the store. While this won't be as accurate as testing outdoors, it will definitely help you see how well the camera will perform. If you find a few good ones, write down their model numbers.

After finding a few potential camcorders, it's time to look at the reviews. The published reviews can be helpful once you've narrowed the field in person. You can look to the experts and other users to help guide your decision. Every camcorder will have at least one negative point. Try to pick a camcorder that covers your needs as much as possible. If you don't plan on taking it out on a boat, the fact that it isn't waterproof might not be a big deal.

When you have seen the camcorder in person, taken the reviews into consideration and have narrowed down your price, it's time to make a decision. Pick the camcorder that meets your criteria and is within your budget. Generally, you'll want to get a camcorder that is the top of the line for what you can afford. This way your camcorder can meet your needs for a long time before you'll want to upgrade.
About the Author
Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape.com, where you can find weekly deals on digital camcorders as well as discounts and promotions on overstock items.
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