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Digital camcorders have many of the features of traditional video cameras, such as zoom, auto-focus, auto-exposure settings, audio and video inputs, remote controls, and rechargeable batteries. In addition, digital camcorders have flip-out LCD viewers that can aid in shooting from certain positions and provide an excellent way to play back footage. Most digital camcorders also feature an electronic viewfinder similar to those found on traditional camcorders. How you view and shoot your movies is really just a matter of personal preference; the electronic viewfinder and the flip-out LCD viewer do the job equally well.

Two additional features of digital camcorders are their digital zoom capability and their image stabilization functionality. The digital zoom is not as good as a true optical zoom, because it simply enlarges your picture by interpolating between pixels and does not keep the true image resolution constant. It’s really just performing a digital sampling between the true pixel information within each image. The image stabilization functionality can help to smooth out your video shots even if the camcorder is shaking slightly from being hand-held. The best bet, however, is to develop a video-taking stance, either hand-held or on a tripod, where you can minimize camera shake and compose your pictures carefully.


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