Saturday, December 12, 2009

Event and Special Occasions - Buying A Digital Camcorder

There is your baby about to cross the stage. You, however, are sitting in row 27. Or your niece is up at bat and you hear the great-grandparents in your ear asking “Are you getting the shot?”

For once in a life time events you don’t want to be the one that miss the shot. I also know that many of you really want to transfer videos to DVD for archival purposes and for those relatives that refuse to touch a computer.

Event and Special Occasions – Camcorders from $250 to $999

Your needs include:
  • 20x or more optical zoom
  • Image stabilization
  • Able to record in a variety of lighting conditions
Sorry, no disrespect to the legion of The Flip camcorder lovers. A camcorder with good optical zoom is what you need in event and special occasion situations. You will also want image/optical stabilization if you are going to do more hand held than tripod work.


I’m thinking something like the Sony DCR SR47/L Hard Disk Drive Handyman Camcorder (standard definition) with a 60X optical zoom and a 60GB hard drive to store hours of the wedding, graduation or family reunions.

Also for consideration, the JVC Everio GZ-MS120B Flash Memory camcorder or the high definition cousin JVC Everio GZ-HM200A.

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This is the fourth extract from my BlogHer post on Thoughts on Buying A Digital Camcorder. I've added additional resources and removed still more grammatical marks of shame.

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