Digital Video Cameras

They're an ideal way to record footage of your family, friends and those special occasions: but which one is right for you?


Disc-based camcorders

Tape is not the only option when it comes to DV camcorders, for there is a variety of different media including mini DVD discs, removable storage and even hard drives.

DVD-based camcorder

DVD video cameras are one of the fastest growing formats on the market due to their familiarity and ease of use. Most of the big camcorder manufactuers have released DVD-based camcorders that can record from around 20 minutes up to 1 hour of MPEG-2 video (depending on the quality selection) directly to small 8cm DVD that can then be played directly in a home-based DVD player.

It is the best format for people who want to watch their home movies quickly, without any fuss. Because the discs can be played on most DVD players, there is no need to muck around with cables or computers before you watch the footage on your TV - simply transfer the disc from your camera to your DVD player.

One disadvantage of DVD camcorders is that they are not well suited for extensive editing. While it is possible to transfer DVD footage to a computer for editing, it can be a complicated process and the video quality can suffer during the conversion. Some DVD models from Panasonic and Sony record in high definition, using the AVCHD recording format. However, you will need a Blu-ray disc player or other compatible device to view these movies on your TV.

It's important to determine the compatibility with your home DVD player before going with a DVD Camcorder, as users are presented with the same -RW, +RW compatibility issues that exist with PC-based DVD recorders. The latest DVD-based camcorders also provide support for write-once discs such as DVD-R and DVD+R, which means that, once finalised, the disc can be played on most DVD players without any trouble.

Hard drive-based camcorders, utilising a non removable drive (about the same dimensions as one used in a notebook) to store video straight to the drive, have been around for some time. Hard disk camcorders operate by storing captured video in either MPEG-2, MPEG-1 or AVCHD format. Limitations include the inability to add additional storage, as well as the relative fragility when compared to other storage options such as Flash Memory and CD-based media. However, new models are entering the marketplace with increasingly impressive storage capabilities. The HDR-SR8E, for example, has a built-in 100GB hard drive, capable of recording up to 38 hours of high-definition footage.

Hard drive-based camera

Some companies have released camcorder models that rely on flash media - such as Memory Stick Pro Duo and Express Cards - for recording purposes. This has led to the release of a series of pocket-sized camcorders that can record over an hour of high-quality MPEG-2 video. Thanks to improved storage capacities in removable memory, some of these models can even capture high-definition video. Unfortunately, the current price of MS cards and related media (i.e. - $100 and up) makes these cameras expensive to run if you plan to record lots of footage.

Removable media-based camera



Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

PC World Staff

PC World

8 Comments

digital camera reviews

1

this is so great to use on your pc. this definitely helps with the video recording process. i have been using it for a while.

luxmobiles

2

Premium Vertu replica for most affordable prices

Welcome to luxmobiles.com - premium quality luxury Vertu replica professional online shop. In our internet shop you can find exclusive replica Vertu models, GoldVish replica, Mobiado replica or Tag Heuer Meridiist replica, you can learn all news about collections and novelties, or order and purchase amazing gift for yourself or loved ones.
Widest selection of perfect copies, true quality (all products are made in South Korea), reasonable prices and qualified service - all it is our guarantee to you. Our customers don't only save money on the actual product, but on it's shipment as well. We provide absolutely free shipping worldwide.
Premium quality Vertu Ascent Ferrari 1947 replica cellphone, 1:1 copied from the original model.
Vertu Ascent Ferrari 1947 replica supports communication and GSM operators in more than 175 countries of the world. This model has has all official Vertu logos, unique IMEI code and personal serial number. Dear visitors and customers, please note, that most of factories in China produce cheap Vertu fakes with the same special IMEI code, and many online shops offer to buy such replica models. Recently, Vertu special departament began special company against such fakes, began to purchase fake models, and shut the access to the mobile networks for the models with same IMEI code. Please, beware of buying such cheap Chinese fakes, which can become absolutely unuseless in future, and pay attention to the fact, that every of our premium quality Vertu replica cellphones (produced in South Korea) has it's unique IMEI code, which is exclusive for every model.
Additional complectation - magnificent gift box with Vertu logo on top and storage branches for phone and accessories (completely imitate the original), 2 batteries, 1 USB cable, 1 USB adapter, 1 headset, illustrated manual, microfiber drawstring pouch, exclusive leather cover.
Made in South Korea, P-link factory.

mamun

3

dv cameras are very expensive

mfbgXXD

4

faUVZh

DBfxIrgP

5

NKzqTUK

camera system

6

i agree with this "Transferring video was always a long task but as you mentioned with faster computers coming out all the time moving gigs of video doesn't take much time now. I have an HD digital video camera hooked up to our projectors in the lounge to video tape some of the bigger nights we then put them online after editing and with a dual core 2.0 and 4 gigs of RAM it transfers really nicely." www.powerfulmediapc.com

shemieke

7

i love Shem! :D xoxoxoxo ♥

majharul

8

bangladesh

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?