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Chapter 21. Filming with Digital Video > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

When selecting a digital camcorder, look for one that supports both video capture and still-image capture. The still-image capture can be handy if you do not own a digital camera and want to have the device serve both purposes. Camcorders from manufacturers such as Sony include an expansion slot for a memory card to capture your photos and transfer them to other devices. For this function, Sony uses their proprietary Memory Stick, which can be inserted into certain Sony television models for immediate viewing of your photos onscreen.

Other important considerations for selecting a digital camcorder include the sensor resolution, zoom capability, size and weight of the camcorder, support for both manual and automatic operation, and the amount of accessories and software provided. You may also be interested in the number of digital image effects supported, the quality of the sound recording, the size of the flip-out LCD viewer, and the battery life.


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