If you are looking to get serious about shooting video, buying a professional digital camcorder can be a daunting task. There are a whole host of brands to choose from, and every company seems to produce a range of cameras with a variety of options. After being inundated with a variety of ads and reviews claiming that certain brands feature the "top rated digital cameras," it can seem almost impossible to be able to make a decision that you feel good about.
It's important to know exactly how you are planning on using your new camcorder before you make a decision. If you are going to be doing any professional videography - whether it's wedding videography or making your own semi-professional movies - you'll want to consider investing in an HD digital video camera. These cameras will give you the best quality output possible, and with more and more people upgrading to HD televisions, it's only a matter of time before HD becomes the standard. Even many videos seen on YouTube and other popular online video sharing sites are now being shot on HD, meaning that the standard for what is considered to be "acceptable" quality is rapidly improving.
You'll also want to consider the types of footage you are going to be shooting. If you will be shooting a lot of outdoor footage such as at the beach or on vacations, features such as portability, weight and a long battery life will be extremely important for you. If you know you will be shooting sports footage such as your child's youth sports games, finding a camera with a fast shutter speed and a large zoom would be very important.
These are just a few examples of things to consider when researching digital cameras. Best buys can be hard to find, but by putting together a good game plan, you can get a great deal.
- Richard Manfredi has written for major newspapers and online news sites and has more than 10 years experience in the digital imaging world.
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