Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Buying A Camcorder Spec–Make and Model

This is part two of my series on understanding the camcorder specifications or specs. You find the camcorder of your dreams only to find it is missing a feature you need or it is out of your budget. You move on to search for the perfect camcorder.

There might be other purchase options available to you if you understand about product make and model numbers.

Manufacturer: The company that makes the camcorder.


Brand Name: The name of a specific product line.

Sanyo Xacti

Model or Product Number: The specific name of a camcorder within a product line:

Sanyo Xacti VPC–CG20

Sanyo doesn’t make just one camcorder. They have an entire product line depending on your needs and price point.

So if the VPC-CG20 is kinda sorta what you want but maybe in a different form factor then the VPC-SH1 might be a better buy for you.

The model number sometimes can identify if a camcorder is standard definition or high definition camcorder.

In the Panasonic product line they do include that information in the name.

  • Panasonic SDR-S26 – standard definition camcorder
  • Panasonic HDC-SDX1H – high definition camcorder

How Does This Help Me Save Money?

You save money by being aware that you have choices.

You don’t necessarily have to compromise or pass up a camcorder because of price or a missing feature like an external microphone jack.

There may be another model in the vendor’s product line that does what you need for a few dollars extra.

Part One – Camcorder Specs – What’s In A Name?

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