If you’re a filmmaker looking to invest in a digital camcorder, this article is for you. Here are five important facts you should know before spending your hard-earned cash.
- Fantastic amateur video quality. This is, in brief, what a digital camcorder offers. The video quality will be outstanding…inasmuch as amateur video can be outstanding. If you are looking to make fully-fledged Hollywood-level content with impeccable video quality, then a camcorder is not the right investment. But if you’re looking for solid and consistent quality that is affordable, mobile, and easy-to-use, a camcorder is a great decision.
- Mac > PC. We don’t mean to rustle any feathers here — both Mac and PC have their strengths and their weaknesses. But when it comes to editing AVCHD MTS files, (which are now the standard for most digital camcorders) Mac definitely takes the cake. For those who already operate with Mac computers, therefore, digital camcorders are a slightly more logical purchase.
- Storage options vary. Most digital camcorders use either flash storage or hard-drive storage. Flash storage allows for multiple flash cards to be interchanged, making it easier to collect large amounts of film. However, hard drives do not compress footage, allowing for slightly higher photo quality. One final consideration: hard drives can be damaged more easily, and they do not function well at high altitudes (roughly above 10,000 feet above sea level, to be exact)
- Reviews speak volumes. New camcorder models are coming out all the time –and the best way to know which models offer the highest quality is by reading reviews written by actual product users. For the best insight, it is recommended that you focus more on written reviews than on the number of stars a product receives.
- Most camcorders end up collecting dust. The sad truth is that tons of people shell out big bucks for excellent camcorders and then never end up actually using them. If you’re only looking to make videos for your own purposes, a digital camera with a video camera might be a smarter expense. If, on the other hand, you’re serious about creating high quality video (perhaps even to pursue a career as a filmmaker) than a camcorder can be a great investment.