Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tips for choosing a camcorder

There are a confusing array of camcorders on the market today. Knowing which one to buy can be difficult. Often people buy more camcorder than they need -- spending over $1,000 on a camcorder for web videos -- where a $200 camcorder would work fine for the same task.

I currently recommend the Canon ZR800 camcorder, which sells for under $200 from BH Photo Video in New York. This mini-DV camcorder has a microphone input jack, which some of the other Canon ZR series camcorders do not have.

The best web site for camcorder reviews is

I recommend steering clear of any camcorders that use mini-DVD disks for recording video. DVD is a fine distribution method for video, but a poor acquisition medium.