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Chapter 1. The Digital Camcorder > Buying a Camcorder

Buying a Camcorder

If you don’t yet own a digital video (DV) camcorder, you need one. Here’s a look at the important characteristics of these devices.

Camcorder size

Ah, camcorder envy. You’re carrying a new, tiny handheld camcorder, but then you spy someone whose camcorder is even more compact. For those of us who’ve had to lug shoulder-mounted VHS cameras, the miniaturization of camcorder technology is amazing. Although the majority of digital camcorders aren’t super small, they’re remarkable nonetheless—many fit into a large pants pocket or small purse (Figure 1.1).


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