Capturing the Moment on Video Is Like Travelling Back Through Time
Weddings, birthdays, graduations, baby’s first steps: whatever the moment, record it on video and you’ll be able to jump back in time to relive those memories, just by hitting “Play”. Video cameras come in a variety of sizes, from top-quality professional rigs to small video cameras that can mount on your helmet. You have the option to choose between standard definition vs. high def, and also hard drive vs. flash memory. Read on for more details!
Hard Drive Camcorders
Camcorders from manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic record video, audio, and still photos onto a built-in hard drive, similar to what you probably have in your laptop computer. Hard drives generally have larger capacities, so you’ll have plenty of space to capture hours and hours of your favourite moments. If you need more storage many models offer memory card support, allowing you to insert a memory card and instantly increase the amount of storage.
Flash Memory Camcorders
Flash memory is commonly found in devices like smartphones and tablets and contains no moving parts, so they’re fast and less vulnerable to sudden movements like being dropped. Flash memory camcorders are growing in popularity and are available from companies like Sony (creator of the Handycam), Panasonic, JVC, Canon, Samsung, Sanyo, and General Electric. Most flash memory camcorders are also able to boost their internal storage capacity by inserting a memory card, which is great when you’re on the go and you suddenly find out you’re out of space!
Standard Definition, High Definition, and 3D
If you’re trying to decide between choosing standard or high definition video recording, consider how you want to enjoy or share your videos. If you tend to watch your recorded video on smaller screens like a laptop or smartphone, or want to upload them to YouTube, then a standard def camcorder should do you just fine. But if you want to show off your movie masterpieces on your 50” HDTV, then picking an HD model is the best camcorder for your needs. Some newer camcorders can even record in 3D, so you can capture action that leaps off the screen of your 3DTV.
Put a Camcorder in Your Pocket or On Your Head
In recent years video recorders have gotten smaller and more portable, which means you can record just about every second of your life, if you so choose. Pocket camcorders are just that – video cameras small enough to fit into your pocket, so you can pull them out and start recording anywhere, anytime. These easily portable camcorders are built by companies like Flip, Sony, and Toshiba. Sports camcorders from GoPro, Contour, and Liquid Image are waterproof and shockproof, mounting onto your helmet, bike handlebars, or onto your jet ski so you can record your own personal action movie!
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