Before you think about brands and models of camcorders to choose from, first, decide which camcorder format suits your purpose. The 3 main camcorder recording formats are:
- DVD and
- Hard Disc Drive (HDD) camcorders.
In the video tutorial below, I explain why the Mini-DV camcorder is the way to go.
Mini-DV, DVD and Hard Disc Drive (HDD) Camcorders record their videos into different medium using different recording formats.
- The Mini-DV tape stores the video files in the .AVI format.
- The DVD stores the video files in MPEG-2 format.
- The Hard Disc Drive (HDD) camcorders also stores in MPEG-2 format although there's some new high-end ones that are starting to store in an improved MPEG-4 format.
Of all those 3 formats, the .AVI recording format is by far the highest and purest in quality and accuracy. That is the reason why I strongly recommend going with Mini-DV camcorders.