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Digital Video Cameras

 

Digital video camcorders are becoming affordable to everyone. The range of models and prices by each of the main manufactures, is widening the market for those who want action memories.

With the popularity of social networking media sites such as MySpace and YouTube, the communication factor of video is indisputable.

 

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Basic Video Camcorders

The lowest price camcorders are in the range of $250 on a MiniDV, Digital8, or other type of digital camcorder. Although these affordable models generally offer fewer features and smaller sensors than the more expensive options, they provide sufficient capability for the beginning video buff.

CNET Reviews on lower priced camcorders [under $500] include:

Product CNET Rating Price Features

Canon Elura 100 
Canon Elura 100

 7.2
Very good

Review Date:
06/01/2006

$289-$380

Small Size
Big Zoom
Value Pricing
Not Good In Low Lighting

Specs: Camcorder, 0.88 megapixels, 20 x, Mini DV

Sony Handycam DCR-SR40 
Sony Handycam DCR-SR40

7.0
Very good

Review Date:
09/25/2006

$469-$600

Hard-Drive Value
Low megapixel stills.

Specs: Camcorder, 20 x

JVC GR-D650 
JVC GR-D650

6.8
Good

Review Date:
06/13/2006

$290

Budget-priced
Good in bright and low light.

Specs: Camcorder, 15 x, Mini DV

Canon ZR700 
Canon ZR700

 6.8
Good

Review Date:
04/26/2006

$240-$379

Entry-level value
Easy to use
Suitable for wide-screen movie making
Not good in low-light

Specs: Camcorder, 680,000 pixels, 25 x, Mini DV

Canon Elura 80 
Canon Elura 80

 6.8
Good

Review Date:
05/13/2005

$284-$349

Compact
Full-featured
Not Good in low-light

Specs: Camcorder, 18 x, Mini DV

JVC GR-DF550 
JVC GR-DF550

 6.6
Good

Review Date:
03/23/2006

 

Midrange
Average feature set

Specs: Camcorder, 15 x, Mini DV

Hitachi DZ-GX3200A 
Hitachi DZ-GX3200A

 6.6
Good

Review Date:
07/13/2006

$425

Inexpensive video quality DVD camcorder.

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, 3" DVD-R, 3" DVD+RW, 3" DVD-RW, 3" DVD-RAM

Panasonic PV-GS35 
Panasonic PV-GS35

  6.4
Good

Review Date:
09/13/2005

$283

Low Price
E xtreme zoom range

Specs: Camcorder, 30 x, Mini DV

Samsung SC-D453 
Samsung SC-D453

 6.0
Good

Review Date:
11/10/2005

$400

Compact bargain
Very poor indoor performance.

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, Mini DV

 

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