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When it comes to recording precious memories, there is no better format than video. It lets people see an event unfolding as it actually happened. While pictures are great to capture that single moment, a video lets you see the before and after, and everything in between. Capturing video is most efficiently done on camcorders. While many digital cameras, including large DSLR cameras, have video modes, a camcorder is specifically designed to capture video and nothing else, making it the optimal choice for videographers, amateur film-makers, and just about anyone who wants to record a moment to watch it later or send it to friends and family.

Quality Counts

There are many different camcorders on the market that can record video in varying quality. Recording in 480p might be fine for an old CRT television; but, if you want something that will truly stand out choose a camcorder that records in HD, like 1080p or 1080i. Or, if you want to really go all-out on the quality, find a camcorder that can capture 4K HD video. While not all viewing devices can really take advantage of 4K quality, 4K has nevertheless come to be viewed as the gold standard of HD video.

Pick Your Settings

Choosing a camcorder that has the correct settings you need is an important facet to consider. If you are just going to record in well-lit areas, a feature-rich camcorder isn't really necessary. But, if you are going to be recording a specific type of footage, or are going to be using a digital camcorder in a specific setting, find a model that has the necessary features. Going backpacking out in the forest? Select a dustproof and waterproof camcorder. Shooting sporting events? Something that records in 60 frames-per-second captures all the action. Recording at night? A camcorder with a good night-vision mode is essential. Think carefully about what you're going to be using the camcorder for to ensure you find one that fits your particular needs. It's always better to have too many features than not enough to allow yourself the greatest amount of creative flexibility in the future.

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