The Digital Age of the Camcorder has arrived
There is no dearth of digital camcorders out there. The market is swamped with a variety of digital camcorders that promise a wide variety of functionality as well as specific niche uses. The market also moves incredibly fast as well, new models are coming in and making older models almost obsolete from month to month. This is not necessarily a bad thing however, it means we have a massive range of products to choose from and many of us don’t require the latest and greatest camera to document special events or family functions. The thing is, unless you are a professional photographer or camera man – you don’t need to update your digital camcorder every few months.
The way cameras are described is also a bit inhibitive at times. Do you really need a twelve megapixel digital camcorder that costs a few hundred to a thousand dollars? Probably not; unless you plan to watch the video on a cinema screen, something that processes images at a lower resolution is likely to be just fine. You probably won’t need something that allows you to transfer video via a wireless interface either. A standard USB cable or AV playback is likely to be all you need to watch and copy the video off a digital camcorder. Being able to transfer the video as a series of video files is an advantage we now have over tradition straight tape camcorders. It doesn’t mean that we need to utilize hard to configure and advanced methods of transferring the video.
Specific Advantages of Digital Camcorders
Another advantage that digital camcorders have over their tape counterparts is the ability to play back the video for review on a small LCD screen. Again, unless you are a professional you aren’t going to need some sort of high resolution LCD screen playback solution. Just something that allows you to quickly review what you have shot in a basic manner will be sufficient for the family or amateur camera person. A few important things to consider will be things such as the battery life, how the camera handles in low light situations and whether the video has a built in hard drive so that you aren’t completely reliant on digital video tape (this last thing is important for amateurs and professionals as there is nothing worse than running out of tape during an important moment).
So it is important to do some research before going out and purchasing a digital camcorder, learn the lingo and have a think about what you are likely to use the digital camcorder for. If you are going to attempt to use the camcorder in a professional capacity you will need to consider camcorders that give you an extra element of control over the video that is being recorded. If you are an amateur then something that allows you to focus automatically will be a better camcorder.