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Buying Tips



Are you buying your first camcorder? Find the best for budget, regardless of format. Are you replacing an older camcorder? If you don't buy the same format, consider how you're going to transfer old tapes so the footage can be easily viewed, i.e. DVD.

Try it firsthand in the store — Pick up the camcorder, carry it as you would if you were recording, and check how accessible the controls are.

Ask yourself:
  • Who is your audience?
  • What standard of quality do you need? Do you want these videos to look as realistic to your great, great grandkids as they do today?
  • Will you be editing your video?
  • Do you need still photos?
  • Will you be making copies?
Answering these questions will help you decide which camcorder is best for you, without going overboard.

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3. Sony DCR-DVD405 3MP DVD Handycam
4. JVC Everio GZMG21 20GB HDD
5. Panasonic PV-GS180 2.3MP 3CCD MiniDV
6. Canon DC40 4.3MP DVD
7. Flip UltraHD
8. Creative Labs Vado HD
9. Canon VIXIA HF200 HD
10. Kodak Zi8 HD
11. Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2
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