Digital Camera Buying Guide.
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Finding a New Camcorder
Camcorders can be broken out into two main groups: action cameras, and traditional or professional camcorders. To decide which is right for you, consider where you most want to shoot footage. If you're constantly on the go or taking shots of your latest adventure vacation, you'll want a wearable, waterproof and easy-to-use action cam. Choose one with remote control features if you're really into action photography. However, if you tend to shoot footage of sporting events or school concerts, you'll want to make sure you have the zoom capability found in traditional camcorders.
Why choose a camcorder over a phone or tablet?
Digital video cameras tend to have better video quality and sound, plus they feature autofocus and a longer battery life.
- Better video quality: Footage from your phone can look great on a small screen. But be aware that the same footage might look degraded on a bigger screen. That's where an HD video camera comes in. They're designed to shoot larger, high-quality video for bigger screens.
- Better sound: Many digital camcorders feature a built-in or attachable microphone for superior digital sound recording.
- Autofocus: The autofocus on many smartphones is designed for still photography. A camcorder's autofocus is designed specifically for motion.
- Longer battery life: You never want to miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot because your battery ran out at the wrong moment. Camcorders offer extended shooting with larger batteries than smartphones.