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.
Toolbox: Sports Video Gear
Going for hands-free shots
There's no time to fumble with a camera when scaling steep mountains or cycling through deep canyons. With action sports attracting more devotees every year, the gear for capturing these athletic feats on camera is becoming more affordable. Of course, choosing the right sports video camera depends on the kind of action you're into and what kind of video quality you're looking for. Most helmet cams now are about 1.5 inches wide, up to six inches long and weigh less than a pound. So capturing your mad dash down a black diamond trail is as simple as strapping the camera on your helmet and hitting record.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Video Cameras
From DV tape to hard drives, today's cameras offer something for everyone
Are you clinging to decade-old gear or living on the high-tech cutting edge? Do you want to replace a worn-out camcorder or move up to a new system? Do you shoot once-a-year vacation videos or are you a video enthusiast? No matter which of the various video formats you choose, a new camcorder will most likely have more features and better resolution, be smaller and lighter, and cost less than the equipment you're using now.
High-Definition Video For Enthusiasts
New cameras and software are making HD video capture and editing available to anyone
Digital video has revolutionized video for the enthusiast, bringing with it many advantages: more capability, more control, more speed,higher quality and easier editing. The drawback has been that standard-definition (SD) video is standard TV resolution (640 x 480), while high-definition digital (HD) video has been too costly and complex for most nonprofessional applications.