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Camcorder Selection Tips

Camcorders use a charged coupled device (CCD) chip to convert brightness and color to a digital signal. Single-chip camcorder CCDs have to crunch a lot of data. Three-chip camcorders use a prism to divide incoming light into separate red, green, and blue (RGB) hues, thus letting each respective CCD gather more information within its designated segment of the color spectrum. Even though single-chip camcorders use special RGB filters to help their one CCD interpret color data, three-chip cameras have distinctly better color and low-light capabilities.

Your choice in camcorders then comes down to your audience. If your videos are only for home or Web page viewing, a single-chip camcorder will work fine. If you will be projecting your videos on large screens for sales presentations or shareholder meetings, you should give strong consideration to a three-chip camcorder. And if you want to move into the professional video-production business, a three-CCD camcorder is a must. Showing up at a client's office with a palm-sized, single-chip camcorder is a sure way to jinx a deal.


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