Digital Camcorder portable electronic recording devices

Camcorders Record Live Motion Video and Audio

A camcorder (video camera recorder) is a portable electronic recording device with the ability to record live-motion video and audio for playing back at a later time. Camcorders feature three major components -- a lens that acquires and focuses light, an imager that reformats light into an electronic signal and a recorder that converts those electrical signals into digital recordings and ciphers them for storage.

Camcorders, which became trendy in the early 1980s, are also called video cameras or video recorders. Professional videographers and filmmakers make use of camcorders to create video segments and films for commercial marketing. The devices are also favored by amateur videographers.

The first camcorders captured video in one of two analog formats, VHS or Betamax formats. Recordings were stored on video casette tapes and replayed using a video tape cassette recorder (VCR) connected to a monitor, most often a TV set. As technology developed, additional formats like 8mm, S-VHS, Hi-8, digital video (DV) along with high definition video (HDV) became available. These formats provided a sharper picture, better color, additional hours of recording time and more efficient storage.

Today, camcorders capture video in an array of formats, including MP4. Most camcorders may be directly connected to a personal computer using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) allowing the video to be edited. Just about all are Flash Memory using digital formats such as Secure Digital the amount of standard-definition video you can capture at the highest quality level can range from 15 minutes to an hour on 256 MB to 2 GB memory cards. However, the original SD memory card, which can only store up to 2GB, has all but become obsolete and superseded by SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Therefore, it will probably be both easier and more economical to purchase an SDHC card, over an SD card, provided the camcorder is SDHC compatible.

A general rule of thumb is that the higher the video quality the larger the storage capacity of the card required. For a camcorder capturing standard-definition footage, it is usually enough to use one of the lower capacity SDHC cards such as 4 GB or 8 GB. However, if the camcorder can shoot in high-definition, the memory card should ideally be 16 GB or even 32 GB. If the camcorder supports SDXC format, your best choice may be a 64 GB or 128 GB card. SDXC cards have a theoretical 2 TB capacity, but at the time of this writing, the maximum capacity readily available is 128 GB.

Digicams  Cameras that take video or still photographs, or both, digitally by recording images via an electronic image sensor.

Sports Cameras

Sports cameras are now fast becoming a must have gadget for outdoor people. Even if you are not into extreme sports, there are still plenty of uses for sports cameras. You can film your daily adventures or your vacations without having to lug around a huge DSLR camera and still get the same quality of videos. This is part of what makes a sports camera appealing to the younger generation, specifically the millenials.

Now, if you are looking for a sports camera, there are several things to keep in mind. First thing you need to think of is what activities are you going to shoot? Do you prefer to shoot more underwater? Or are you more of the extreme sports kind of guy? These questions will affect your decision on which camera to get. Nowadays, the best sports camera is usually waterproof. But if they aren’t, you can usually buy a case that makes them waterproof. Another thing you need to consider is the size of the camera you are looking for. Do you prefer the smaller ones, or the bigger ones? The smaller sports cameras usually have more mounting options while the bigger ones have more ruggedness. Another feature you need to look out for is the mounting feature. The best sports camera should have several mounting options so you can easily get the shot you want. And lastly, the image quality is always your final and most determining factor when choosing a sports camera. Always make sure the camera you are getting captures really good video in terms of resolution. Full HD cameras are the norm nowadays so make sure the camera you are buying is capable of that.

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Action Cameras

Action cameras are a form of small, lightweight, mountable, portable, wearable, and sometimes waterproof camcorders. They're befitting as they can be mounted on pretty much anything—from bicycles, drones, skateboards, surfboards, to helmets, body parts, and even a pet.

Sure, you can also mount a conventional camcorder, which could quite often feature enhanced functionality and performance for the price. However conventional camcorders are too heavy and cumbersome to strap onto body, your apparel, or your equipment. Additionally, the gap between typical camcorders and action camera performance is lessening as technology improves. Action cams are forever becoming smaller, lighter, and less expensive. Click here for the top-rated action cams.

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