Models that record on miniature DVD discs, built-in hard drives, and memory cards are becoming more common in standard-def and high-def versions.
MiniDV camcorders use a unique tape cassette. The typical recording time is 60 minutes at standard play speed, which gives you the best quality, or 90 minutes at lower quality.
DVD format offers benefits that tape can’t match: durability, compactness, and random access to scenes as with a DVD. That makes for more carefree recording, though you should avoid bumping the camcorder during use, and keep dirt out of the mechanism.
Camcorders that record onto tiny, built-in hard drives are even easier to use. Because the drive is internal, it’s protected. There’s no recording media to buy or carry along. Like DVDs, hard drives are random access, but they’re even faster. Many models have 30 to 120 gigabytes of capacity, providing seven to 16 hours of recording at the highest-quality mode and 25 or more hours at lower quality.
Flash Memory with digital formats using
Secure Digital (SD) or Memory Stick memory cards, the amount of standard-definition video you can record at the highest quality level can vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour on 256 MB to 2 GB cards.
Larger cards up to 16 GB are available.
Several manufacturers offer “hybrid” camcorders that combine a DVD or Blu-ray
drive and a hard drive or memory card in one unit. The hard drive is fast and
convenient for recording, while DVD or memory card storage is best for archiving
or sharing videos. Another type combo model is one that offers internal and removable flash memory.
Digicams Cameras that take video or still photographs, or both, digitally by recording images via an electronic image sensor.
DXG USA Digital Camcorders
DXG-581V High Definition Camcorder. The DXG-581V High Definition Camcorder from DXG gives you true 1920 x 1080p HD recording at an affordable price. The 581V has a 5MP CMOS sensor and records to a 32MB internal flash memory or to optional SD/SDHC memory cards. It also features a 2.5" LCD display for composition and playback of all your video and still images. And let's not forget its comfortable pistol grip form factor that fits easily in your hand for hours on end of shooting.
When you're done shooting for the day connect the camcorder to your HDTV using
the HDMI cable and share all your stunning footage with friends and family on
the big screen. Or use the included software for easy emailing or uncomplicated
uploading to social media sites.
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