Camcorder Formats

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:
– Mini-DV
– 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.

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