Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000A
The latest generation of Sanyo’s unique form-factor cameras boasts impressive still and HD-video capabilities
Buyer's Guide 2009: HD Camcorders
What to know when shopping for an HD camcorder Though the nationwide transition from analog to pure digital TV has again been delayed (sigh!), analog is dead, and not even an act of Congress can resuscitate it. If you’ve been waiting for prices to come down to go high-def with your home movies, we’re pleased to tell you that you easily can get started with full HD video recording for well under $1,000. Even a step up to more sophisticated models with hefty built-in storage won’t break the bank.
D-SLRs + HD Video
New cameras from Canon and Nikon are the first SLRs to include video Digital video has been a feature of compact digital cameras for years, and recently HD capture has become more common. This feature has now made its way to interchangeable-lens cameras. Though not a replacement for your dedicated HD camcorder, this opens up the possibility to make video part of your usual photography experience, with the added benefit and control of using the optics of your choice.
Still + Video Camcorders
Two cameras in one, digital camcorders can capture still photos alongside your HD video Only a few years ago, high-def video recording was out of reach for most of us. It was the stuff of broadcasters and movie studios, not the home enthusiast. A lot has changed since then, with HD camcorders becoming increasingly mainstream and affordable.
One of the benefits of digital capture is the possibility of capturing motion video and still images with one camera.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Hi-Def Camcorders
Record your life in pro resolution at a comsumer price With a number of high-definition digital camcorders now on the market, it's time to get up to speed on what to look for. Here, you'll find a selection of what's being offered, plus tips on how to get the best out of your purchase. High definition isn't just limited to HDTV, Blu-ray or HD DVD. Manufacturers are now designing camcorders aimed at consumers that will digitally capture video in HD resolution. It's not just for the pros anymore.
Trade Tricks: Shoot For The Edit
Create more interesting video using these simple and effective tips
You're on a dream vacation in Europe, on a walking tour of an old walled city. You've got your camcorder, so naturally you want to tape everything. But will you want to watch everything again?
EZ DV Camcorders
Capture digital video with these palm-sized, reasonably priced camcorders that boast high-end features
Video cameras have come a long way since the days of grainy, choppy home movies. Digital camcorders are now the dominant format on the market and offer remarkable image quality, ease of use and affordability. The new crop of compact digital camcorders has replaced VHS and other analog camcorders as the popular choice and has sparked a renewed interest in video recording.
Cool Gear: Palm-Sized HD Video
Sanyo’s Xacti VPC-HD1 is a glimpse into the future of Hi-Def video capture for consumers
With high-definition television finding its way into more and more living rooms, it's natural that consumer-level video cameras are beginning to follow suit. Consumer HD camcorders, though still somewhat rare at this point, aren't exactly new, but they tend to be pricey.
Is the “one-device-does-it-all” camera here yet?
Consumer digital still cameras have long offered limited movie-shooting capability, and some digital camcorders have provided the ability to shoot decent-quality still images. But of late, those capabilities have improved immensely, and today you can make good videos with many digital still cameras, and good stills with a number of digital camcorders.
Choose and use simple camcorders to create Hollywood-style results
If I had any doubt of what could be achieved with an affordable camcorder and a bit of imagination, it was swept away while attending a high-school film festival. As I watched, kids from San Fernando High School in Southern California shared short live-action and animated films they had created with cameras, computers and software.