This is the tale of a sadder but wiser young man. He is giving you his opinion on why you should take the time to check out a camcorders.
There are things to watch for that can steer you away from a bad impulse purchase.
- If the camcorder is in bubble wrap that is a prime caution alert. It doesn't necessarily mean it is crappy but the odds increase that it may be.
- Look closely, is it made of metal or plastic made to look like metal? Is it really shiny, the kind of shiny that caught your attention?
- The more inexpensive the camcorder is the worse it will do in recording indoors. There is a good chance the outdoor recording won't be that great either.
- The word "interpolation" means that the camcorder uses a software program to magnify the resolution of an image or video. In reality it just makes your video look crappy. If you see that word anywhere on the package be concerned.
- Brand names - be careful. Many formerly well known photographic and equipment vendors license there old product names to other companies that create camcorders. Vivitar, RCA and Polaroid camcorders are made by different manufactures. I'm not saying that these are stinky camcorders. It depends on who is actually making the device. You have to check them out and their reputation.