Still + Video Camcorders
Two cameras in one, digital camcorders can capture still photos alongside your HD video
DVD is another popular choice as a medium to record HD footage. Obvious benefits include the ease and efficiency of its use, plus faster, easier access to specific scenes compared to tape. Solid state is yet another growing trend, where footage is recorded on a hard drive contained within the camcorder. Hard drive sizes vary, but most are usually 40 GB to 80 GB in size.
With no moving parts to break down, solid-state camcorders are considered the best option by most. Capture and transfer to a computer is simple, plus the newer AVCHD codec is usually available, a superior MPEG4 codec compared to the older MPEG2 version. You'll get less compression artifacts and thus better imagery from which to grab stills.
Flash-based HD camcorders are a popular choice, recording footage on memory cards. This allows for easy and effective capture of video and stills. The amount of content may be limited by the size of the memory card used, but with 32 GB cards in the marketplace, it's less of a concern. You'll find many HD camcorders offering both a hard drive and a flash-based memory slot. This is great because it allows you to record video and images on either medium.
High-definition camcorders capture in different modes, primarily 720p, 1080i or the best HD quality of 1080p ("p" stands for progressive and "i" stands for interlaced). It's important to note that you'll get a better quality image with a progressive HD camcorder compared to an interlaced image; the progressive image captures every horizontal line in sequence, whereas an interlaced line captures odd lines first and then even lines a fraction of a second later.