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Camcorder Comparisons

Sep 5, 2008
Decided to purchase a camcorder? What are your criteria for choosing the appropriate model for your needs?

Some of us prefer to purchase camcorders based on technical features, and most importantly camcorders with well designed and easy to use functions. So the basic question is whether you prefer an analog or digital camcorder.

The grandparents are coming over, you dig the camcorder out of its box and discover it broken, got to make a quick decision. You want to make a purchase that's good and not rushed, but you need that camcorder now, so take time to look for a camcorder with ease of use with capability for sharing pictures in e-mail and over the internet.

If your camcorder purchase is based on buying when you have available cash, then your decision will be influenced by your current budget. If there is no rush, investigate the camcorder that best fits your needs and methodically save toward your objective.

Some models of Hi8 and 8mm camcorders are analog, so take note of your selection. The Hi8 and 8mm format has some digital features, especially in the camera features of the camcorder. Some models namely the Digital8 line from Sony provides a digital upgrade path to current owners of Hi8 and 8mm formatted tapes. These cameras weigh in between 2 - 3 lbs. Prices can range from $120 - $600, which makes Digital8 a good entry level digital camcorder choice.

Another popular format is the hard drive or hdd camcorder. Normally comes with large capacity disk drives and can record for upwards to 20 hours in long playing mode. Big advantage when taping, since you don't have to change or rewind tapes. Some models allow for disc burning to memory stick so you can bring your video and pictures without bringing the camcorder. When looking to purchase, check the convenience factors, since some are great point and shoot cameras and extremely light weight at less than 16 ounces, and can be operated with one hand. The point and shoot types are priced from $90 - $170. The more expensive handy cams rang in price from about $250- $1,000 and weigh from 4 - 12 lbs. depending on the size of the internal hard drive.
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One important cool gadget is certainly a camcorder. It's always fun to create spontaneous funny videos of your child's playful activities. Using digital camcorders is one way to get in on the action.
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