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Part One: Capturing DV Footage - Pg. 23

The LCD means that when you're shooting, you can see what the camcorder sees without having to mash your face against the eyepiece. Better yet, after shooting, you can play back your footage. And thanks to the small, built-in speaker found on every sub-$1,500 camcorder, you can watch your work played back on the LCD screen while still "on location." It's worth noting, by the way, that what you see isn't exactly what you get. For one thing, the LCD panel usually has its own brightness control, which, if not adjusted perfectly, may trick you into thinking a scene is better (or worse) lit than it actually is. The color and exposure revealed by the LCD screen may not exactly match what's going onto the tape, either. When picture perfection counts, therefore, use your camcorder's eyepiece viewfnder instead of the LCD panel. You may also want to use the eyepiece when it's very bright and sunny out (the LCD display tends to wash out in bright light), when you don't want people around you to see what you're flming, and when you're trying to save battery juice. The LCD display depletes your battery about 50 percent faster than when the LCD is turned off. Tip: The size of the LCD viewfnder is relative to two things: the size of the camcorder and its price. A cam- corder with a 2.5-inch screen may cost hundreds of dollars less than one with a 4-inch screen. Buying a DV Camcorder