At one time, the camcorder was considered as a bit of a status symbol. It was a high end piece of technology that enabled people to make their own home movies, albeit at considerable cost. In an age where cameras still relied on 30 picture films, the camcorder was seen as something that could capture fond memories on an entirely different level.
But now times have changed. These days, even fairly basic mobile phones are capable of capturing home videos, not to mention it being a feature on almost every digital camera available. High end mobile phones and cameras are even capable of recording video in high definition, so it’s easy to see why the reputation of the camcorder has taken a bit of a hit in recent years. After all, in the past they tended to be bulky, with short battery life, and in recent years they have been easily surpassed in far more portable technology.
The truth is, however, the video camera has evolved too. If you are looking for the best gadget used for recording videos, then you really need to think about looking at a camcorder to do the job. For a start, new camcorders boast a far superior battery life to those seen in high end mobile phones (which have been virtually reduced to land lines for the amount of times they need to be plugged in to charge!). Then there are other features which are seldom found in smartphones, including optical zoom (not to be confused with the vastly inferior digital zoom), far larger storage options, as well as a multitude of other custom functions including manual focus and exposure adjustment.
These features can arguably be found in digital cameras too, but digital cameras don’t have the form factor that a camcorder does for taking video, making them awkward to use effectively – especially if you’re recording for a long period of time. There are also pocket video cameras available which eliminate the need for a bulky item to carry. Additionally, more camcorders are becoming available with the option to instantly share clips via social media networks such as Facebook and YouTube, and don’t forget that a camcorder also incorporates support for microphones too, which you won’t get with a camera (or a smartphone without some serious tinkering).
So whilst your camera or smartphone can offer great option for taking quick videos, with the prices much lower than they previously were, a camcorder is still arguably the best option if you have a larger videoing project in mind.
William M. Drilon A.K.A. Yizhan works as an SEO Manager at Blissdrive.com. In his spare time, he's been writing articles related to technology that deliver useful information, latest gadget released, useful ideas, Social Media, news blog covering new technologies.