A Review Of Digital Camcorders

A Review Of Digital Camcorders

Digital camcorders that record directly to​ DVD discs are called DVD camcorders. Rather than recording to​ mini DV tapes, these models burn video to​ 8-centimeter DVD-RAM, DVD-R or​ DVD-RW discs. DVD-R and DVD-RW media can be read in​ most home DVD players, but DVD-RAMs are readable only in​ a​ few home players.

Reviewers say there are some drawbacks to​ recording straight to​ DVDs. Because of​ frustrating incompatibilities between the various DVD formats and DVD editing software, reviews say you shouldn't plan to​ do much editing on your computer. in​ addition, although you can select different quality levels to​ maximize storage on a​ mini DVD disc, you'll only be able to​ record about twenty minutes of​ top-quality footage.

There's no question that digital camcorders will eventually be the only camcorders available. Still, reviewers express surprise at​ the resilience of​ analog models, which still fit the bill for those who don't own computers and just want a​ simple, inexpensive VHS-compatible camera.

This Sony digital camcorder records to​ miniature DVD discs, and once finalized, the discs are immediately playable in​ most home DVD players. Reviews say the Sony DVR-DVD403 is​ easily the best DVD camcorder, with image quality that competes with the best mini DV camcorders, such as​ the Panasonic PV-GS250 below.

While recording to​ mini DVDs is​ convenient, it's not as​ easy to​ edit footage on a​ computer, so the Sony is​ best for those who don't care much about editing their video. Since the Sony doesn't have many manual features, the Panasonic is​ better for those who like to​ fiddle with settings.

Reviews say image quality is​ comparable between this Panasonic mini DV camcorder and the Sony DVD camcorder above. Both get high scores in​ reviews, but the Panasonic records to​ inexpensive mini DV tapes, and the DV format is​ much easier to​ edit on a​ computer than the Sony's MPEG -2 format.

Plus, the Panasonic has a​ bunch of​ features missing on the Sony, like a​ remote control, manual focus ring, an​ accessory shoe for an​ external flash unit, optical image stabilization and a​ voice recorder for narration. The whole package is​ comfortable to​ hold, with well-placed controls.

Canon isn't known for making big innovations when it​ comes to​ camcorders; rather, reviews say Canon consistently and quietly offers sturdy, reliable, consistently good video cameras. The Canon Elura 90 gets high scores for image quality (though it​ falls a​ bit behind the Sony and Panasonic above), and has a​ bunch of​ useful, basic features, like a​ 20X optical zoom, digital image stabilization, responsive autofocus and intuitive menus. if​ you want something more than the very cheapest camcorder, but don't need something as​ cutting edge as​ the Sony or​ Panasonic above, the Canon Elura 90 is​ a​ great value.

This is​ one of​ the cheapest miniDV digital camcorders you can buy, and reviewers say the Panasonic outclasses similarly priced camcorders from Sony and JVC. it​ performs much better in​ low light than its budget competition. Included are a​ handful of​ manual controls. Although reviews say the Panasonic camcorder's menus can be a​ bit clunky, this is​ the best cheap digital camcorder you'll find, with better features and performance than its competitors.

The majority of​ digital camcorders are 'DV' camcorders, which record video to​ widely available DV tapes. Some new models, however, are looking to​ push tape into obsolescence. a​ small handful of​ digital video cameras can record to​ memory cards or​ an​ internal hard drive. Still others record to​ miniature DVD discs called mini DVD.

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