2011 Digital Video Camera Buying Guide


In the past people were perfectly happy with digital still cameras but these days digital video cameras are quickly becoming the preferred method of recording those special events in our lives. The choices in digital video cameras are increasing in number and features, and it is easy to become confused and overwhelmed by the available choices. A digital video camera buying guide can help you sift through the available options and choose the camcorder that is right for you.

The first step in buying a camcorder is to identify the primary use for your camera. You may only need a basic video camera for occasional use. On the other hand, you may be looking for a video camera with more advanced features for professional recordings.

In order to find the right digital camcorder for your needs, you should know something about the different features and functions that various models offer. This buying guide for digital video cameras will help you narrow down your choices.

1. Zoom

Look at the camera’s optical zoom ratio and simply ignore its digital zoom. The optical zoom is what you need to achieve great-quality images from afar. Digital zoom simply enlarges the image, making the video look grainy. You will want at least 10x optical zoom.

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