Monday, 29 August 2011

How to Buy a Digital Camcorder

The current cast of consumer HD camcorders ranges from small to smaller. They're easy to carry and use, and they let you shoot hours of rich, vivid high-definition video. Here's an overview of your camcorder options, from pocket to professional-grade.


For years, affordable standard-definition camcorders offered good-quality video. Now, for the same amount of money, you can buy high-definition video cameras that let you shoot movies with gorgeous color and clarity, save footage to flash memory or hard-disk drives, and upload to the Web with ease. Whether you want to snag clips of your playful spaniel or create the next independent masterpiece, we'll direct you to a camcorder that meets your needs.
Flash Is King Flash memory rules the camcorder world these days, but options abound. We help you decide among SD-card-based camcorders, fixed flash drives, and other options. more
Which Camcorder is Right for You? Camcorders span the gamut from pocket-size devices to shoulder-mounted professional models. Here's a summary of the different types to help you get pointed in the right direction. more
Key Features Learn about digital camcorder basics, and find out how a digital camcorder can help you shoot in various situations. more
The Specs Explained Why should optical zoom matter to you? How much money should you be spending anyway? Learn which specs to pay attention to and why. more
Camcorder Video Formats Explained Can your computer handle AVCHD--and does that really matter? Learn the differences between digital video formats, find out more about codec basics, and see if your system is up to the task. more
Camcorder Quick Tips No time to read everything? Here's some fast advice in what to look for at the store. more
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