Finding the right camcorder can be a difficult task and while selecting one you have to be careful as it will store your precious memories, memories you don’t want to be distorted. A bit of homework before buying can make it real easy.
Lens and Zoom: Camcorder manufacturers don’t always distinguish clearly between digital and optical zoom. Maximum optical zoom denotes the maximum zoom that the camcorder can achieve by moving its lens elements. You should expect at least 37x optical zoom, while an incredible 45x advanced zoom is what you get on Dual Flash Memory Camcorders from Canon. To test the lens and zoom: Put it somewhere steady and zoom all the way in. Frame an object in the exact centre of the screen. Now zoom out (without moving the camera), this object should stay in the centre. After zooming out, this object should still be sharp. If the test fails, simply refrain from buying that camera. Look for a lens that has super spectral coating like the Canon Video Lens which will reduce flare and ghosting to give you superb quality videos.
Viewfinder/LCD screen: Bigger LCD screens are preferable. Go for at least 2.5 inches (6.4cms). Check the screen in outdoor conditions as well, as some LCDs are harder to see in sunlight. Remember that the viewfinder uses less battery power than the LCD so you might want to check that out as well.
Ease of use: Try the controls yourself and make sure that all the buttons work properly. You never know when your best shot awaits you, so check for quick response time. The unique joystick and remote control options on the Dual Flash Memory Camcorders make the whole experience of shooting, a pleasure.
Outputs/Connectivity: Make sure you can connect the camcorder to your computer, TV and other devices. Ensure that all plugs fit properly; if they are loose at the time of purchase then chances are that they might just give in after sometime.
Image Stabilization: With a built-in Electronic Image Stabilizer, you never have to worry about blurred videos again. This allows it to accurately compensate for camera shake, giving you extremely steady shots even while panning or zooming.
Batteries: The amount of recording and playback time you get out of a battery varies, but most camcorders should be able to record for at least an hour with the included battery.
Low-light modes: Make sure that your camcorder has a night vision mode or a low-light mode. Though the video captured in this mode won’t be good as video captured in this mode won’t be as good as video captured in well-lit settings but this mode can be very useful in poorly illuminated settings.
So go ahead, get a camcorder which allows you to unleash your skills while you shoot, record and relive your memories.
Source: The Times of India