section hosts a large variety of camcorders available on today’s market, such as pocket camcorders, HD camcorders, 3D camcorders up to professional camcorders.
Most of today’s camcorders store the encoded video and sound either on flash memory card, HDD, or on Mini DV tape. The recorded video signal is by default in HDTV format, but standard 4:3 video format is also available. Typically, the outputs are complying with firewire or IEEE1394 standard and there is also a composite video signal output in one of TV standards such as NTSC, PAL or SECAM. Be careful with TV output! Be aware that each TV standard is available in very well-defined geographic areas. Buy the camcorder matching the TV standard where you live, or where the camcorder recordings will be seen. Usually, you can select on the camera either NTSC or PAL signal output. SECAM is very different from NTSC and PAL, and you cannot see SECAM encoded video signals on NTSC or PAL TV sets and vice-versa, unless you use a PAL/NTSC to SECAM converter. There is no way of changing the camera from NTSC/PAL to SECAM or vice-versa unless the camera has an option to switch between the standards. Our site has NTSC to PAL converters and PAL/NTSC/SECAM converters.
Our site hosts more than 5,600 types of camcorders such as Full HD 1080P, Compact Size, Image Stabilization, Professional, Handycam and Low Light. For more categories follow the link Camcorders. Each category correspond to a certain feature, but very often a camcorder has several of the mentioned features.
You can find camcorders grouped by brands such as GoPro, Kodak, Contour, Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Veho. For more brands, follow the Camcorders link.
We have camcorders using with all media recording types such as: flash memory card, mini DV tape, HDD, mini DVD disk, 8mm tape, Hi8 tape and VHS casette.
The size of image sensor of our camcorders spans from 1.9MP up to 6MP and Up. We have broad price range from under $25, up to more than $5000.
Pocket camcorders are low cost and convenient way for video recording with minimum loading of the operator and of PC. You just record, download it to PC, and enjoy. Some models are waterproof. Video signal is compressed according to MPEG-4/H.264 standard, supported by default by vast majority of computer systems. You don’t worry about installing in your computer special codecs. When you need to make some changes in your recordings, you can use a video editing software available at Image Lab department of our site.
HD Camcorders offer good quality HD recording with plenty of features such as microphone jacks, hot shoes for accessories such as external video lights and external microphone, and manual controls for focus, shutter speed, aperture, and other setting at reasonable price. AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) encountered in AVCHD camcorders demand more resources of your computer, but gives you the richness of the recording you are expecting. Be prepared to eventually install a video codec or some software required to see your recording. We recommend below several HD camcorders from the top 100 selection. For entire category, follow the link of the paragraph head.
HD camcorders 1080p features are compatible with HDTV standard, with 1080 horizontal lines and progressive mode. The screen format is full HD, with 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920×1080 pixels (2.1 megapixel). This is one of the best quality video recording, approaching the professional level. We recommend below several units from top 100 most popular in this category. For more options, follow the link of the paragraph head.
3D camcorders record scenes in 3D technology. Be aware of all the aspects of video editing and viewing the 3D scenes, such as 3D HDTV and 3D glasses. We recommend below several models. For more models, follow the link of the paragraph head.
Professional camcorders allow you to change the camcorder lens, to use good-quality microphones for very low noise sound and have clear high definition video and high quality sound. AVCHD format of professional class camcorders is used for encoding Blu-ray discs, as well as making conversion to web-based content in H.264 format easy. We post below several professional camcorders from top 100 ranking. For our entire selection, use the link of the paragraph head.
Working with recorded video is very different from working with static images such as .jpg generated by digital cameras.
You must keep in mind that the video signal recorded on any media is encoded to save memory space by using smaller files. Video signal is complex containing streams of pictures, sound and timing signals according to the selected TV standard NTSC, PAL or SECAM and has also synchronization signals.
It is very rare to use the recording as it was done by camcorder. Usually, the video record must be edited. With a video editor software, you will build your video production by assembling together what you like from both video and sound and eventually insert transitions and titles. This is time consuming, but at the end you are rewarded by the outcome. You can find video editing software and sound editing software in our Image Lab department.
Below you have a laptop computer, a computer monitor, a 3D HDTV and a video editor software, each of them ranked among the top of their categories.