A professional digital camcorder should produce high quality images that can be shared instantly, whether online, via email or disk. The best types of professional digital camcorders will have easy-to-use controls that capture images and sound well, and also have a decent zoom. Another feature to look for in these camcorders is the ability to take still photos as well as film so you do not have to purchase two cameras.
Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and Canon are the most well-known and top-selling brands. You can pick from a wide variety of camcorders that capture their video in different formats with these brands of camcorders. The most popular recording format is Mini-DV. Mini-DV camcorders record on smaller tapes that are usually much cheaper. It is important to know that you get what you pay for with camcorders, so the more features offered by a particular model, the more it’s going to cost you. If you want a high quality professional camcorders, you should expect to have to pay $1000 for it.
If you are looking for a model that is very easy and convenient to use, look into DVD style camcorders. DVD camcorders come with either DVD-R or DVD-RW disks, which allow you to record straight to disk and then play it immediately on any compatible DVD player. Of the two formats, the DVD-RW disks will cost you more.
In order to narrow down what kind of camcorder you need, you need to figure out what you want to do with your camcorder. For example, if you want to record things from far away, a zoom feature will be required. Camcorders either have digital zoom or optical zoom, with optical zoom being the best choice of the two. Optical zoom is superior because digital zoom can decrease the resolution of the image when you zoom in to get the shot.
You should also consider the amount of extra costs associated with each professional digital camcorder, such as disks or tapes. Optical zoom will add quite a bit to the cost of your camcorder. Lastly, choose a camcorder that provides you with all the features that you need and avoid paying for the features that you will never use.