Prices, features and formats: learn what's what and check out the latest camcorders on the market.
THERE ARE BIG ONES,
little ones, old ones and new ones. Analog, digital, remote controlled and palm-size ones. Still shots, NightShots, LaserLinks and memory chips. Fully automatic and manually controlled ones. There's Hi8, regular 8, Digital8, MiniDV, and more. Find out from these buyer's guides today's models at today's prices. Go ahead, poke around and pick the cam for you.
Wait a Minute. Not so Fast
OK. Let's slow down a little. After all, picking the perfect camcorder can be fun or frustrating. Identifying the format, features and prices that best suit your personal needs will guide you towards a final purchase decision. If you intend to produce only home videos, or are technically challenged, the less expensive, standard grade, analog units will most likely do the trick. However, if you want a camcorder for professional use, or you want to produce some fairly sophisticated projects, or edit on your computer, the high grade analog and digital formats will better suit you. More on those later. Right now, let's take a look at the difference between all the major formats.
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