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.
Creative Labs Camcorders
Creative Labs Vado HD 3rd Generation Camcorder
(Cyan, Black, Purple, Red, White). The Creative Vado HD 3rd Generation Camcorder descends from a line of popular pocket cams from one of the leaders of the genre. Designed with simplicity in mind - the key being that all you need to do is point and shoot - the Vado HD 3rd Gen also comes with a few bells and whistles for those looking for a just a little bit more.
In addition to a 4GB built-in memory the camera also features connectivity for earphones or an external microphone, and for connecting to your TV via A/V cable or HDMI. Another perk is the 2x digital zoom wide-angle glass lens that enables you to get more in the shot. This feature is especially useful in tight spaces, for capturing everyone in the group, or for landscapes.
When it's time to edit and share your video the camera features a flexible USB
connector and Vado Central 3.0 editing software which helps you to upload to
social media sites in a snap. Perhaps the most welcome news of all is that the
Vado HD 3rd Gen is both Mac and PC compatible. $178.50.
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