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Shopping for a Camcorder

Shopping for a Camcorder

Well, this is something we’ve never covered before, but I think a lot of you probably think about this type of thing a lot, so this should be very helpful for most of you. Let’s check it out!

If you are thinking about grabbing the next best camcorder deal for your holiday videos, birthdays or maybe a short movie, make sure you keep reading! It is very likely that most of you will be shopping online. With online shopping soaring to new heights of spending, that is pretty much a given these days. But, if this is your first time, the idea of buying electronic equipment may seem a little daunting. Don’t worry though! It is not a complex task.

First, take a look at the Web sites below to establish just why you would like to get a camcorder. The reasons for buying one may affect the price in the end. Are you going to use it for family video footage? Will it be used for a college project? Is it to be used for a professional movie? All in all, just know the reasons why you’re buying the camcorder initially. Let’s take a look at some of your options:

Canon http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/


Samsung http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/camcorder/dvdcamcorder/index.asp

Panasonic http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Cameras-Camcorders/ [1]

Sony http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/

The manufacturer sites above are linked to USA sites, but there are links there for the UK and other countries as well. Be sure to select your correct location before you begin browsing around.

Canon cameras are very popular in how they are like mini-DV cameras as a pro-level camcorder, but at lower prices, such as the GL2 camcorder. Also, Samsung cameras are excellent choices for mini-DV users who want versatility, small size and cheaper accessories. In all cases, high resolution LCD monitors on the camcorder are a “must have” feature you should ask about when buying. Also, it’s a good idea to compare your desired camcorder to similar models on other sites, like Ebay, shop.com and Amazon. Make a short list of the attributes that make one camera seem more or less attractive than another. Perhaps the size is the biggest factor for you. Or, does it need to be very easy to use? You don’t want to be studying “how to use your camcorder” manuals for the next year, so be sure to ask the vendor for a demo at a local store. That goes for buying it online as well. Take a look at auction sites, such as Ebay, for deals as well. If you choose this route, only buy from vendors with positive feedback and/or actual camcorder sale records on their Ebay accounts.

Bear in mind that the digital world has developed DVD camcorders now as well. Buying tapes for camcorders could be a thing of the past, just like VHS tapes will be in a few years. Do not feel pressured into the technology conundrum though. Buy what suits you. It’s as simple as that. Don’t buy one just so you can boast about how great your camcorder is compared to others. If you do that, you may overlook a.) if you can use it efficiently, b.) that the attachment costs may be much higher and c.) how steep the learning curve will be for that camcorder.

Whether you’re shopping for a DVD or tape media camcorder, here are some points you should keep in mind when dealing with vendors upon buying camcorders and accessories:

Well, that covers that. Stick to this list of recommendations and you will find that your camcorder purchase is a nice cool breeze!

~ Stephen Davies