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How do I Choose the Best HD Digital Video Camera?

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  • Written By: Jessica Ellis
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  • Last Modified Date: 19 November 2016
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The HD digital video camera is considered by many experts to be a major advance in the world of film. In addition to the creation of high-end cameras used to make major motion pictures, the arrival of high-definition cameras in the open market allows consumers to record high quality images that can be processed and stored without the expense and additional complications of using film cameras. In choosing the best HD digital video camera, budget, camera experience, and planned usage are important, but consumers may also want to take time to understand the basic technical specifications of different models.

An HD digital video camera allows the user to record in high definition, which provides a much higher quality image than standard definition cameras. Most HD cameras record at a resolution of 720X1280 or 1080x1920 pixels per frame. Although these resolutions may be indistinguishable from one another on a basic television screen, each provides a quality of image far greater than standard definition can offer. Increased resolution means that images will appear sharper and more clear, allowing viewers to see enhanced detail.

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In terms of budget, the least expensive versions of HD digital video cameras offer typically limited features, such as an inability to zoom in on an image, poor performance in low light, or very basic audio recording systems. These cameras can be a lot of fun for novice filmmakers to toy around with, but are quite basic in design. An inexpensive HD digital video camera can be a good choice for a teenager with an interest in film, or as a small and light recording device to bring on vacations when a heavier camera would add unpleasant bulk.

When choosing an HD digital video camera, be aware there are two common forms of image storage available. Some HD cameras record to tape, which gives the user a physical hard copy. Others record to internal hard drives or inserted memory cards, allowing easy transfer to computers to store digitally. If a user wants the ability to easily upload and send video files, an HD digital video camera that records to memory cards may be a wiser choice.

HD digital cameras are often found in camera stores, online, and at most large electronic stores. Bargain hunters may want to wait for sales, as some models may be significantly discounted at certain times of the year. In order to avoid confusion, it may be a good idea to visit websites that provide comparable reviews of different models, in order to narrow down the many available choices. Reading objective reviews and viewing tests before choosing an HD digital video camera may provide an accurate explanation of the functions and limitations of each type.

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