10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Buying a Camcorder

By: Arthur Raise

A camcorder is not just an object of desire. You need to invest in a machine that will give you good value for money. So just don't rush out and invest around USD 800 or more on a whim. Before you give into your desire sit down with a friend and write down how many times you are likely to use the camcorder or whether it will just adorn a shelf.

Here are a few tips from gadget gurus:

1.Know what your options are. Surf the World Wide Web and read about camcorders and different brands. Never get carried away by advertorials, judge for yourself what is essential and what is not in a camcorder.

2.Set a budget and try not to increase it. You may just land up spending on a high end model that is just a little different form a less expensive one.

3.Know what your uses of a camcorder are. Whether you want to turn pro or just record family and travel experiences.

4.Determine how many times in six months or a year you are actually going to use a camcorder. This can be your indicator how whether you actually need a camcorder and how much you should invest in one.

5.Try and understand what all the tech terms mean. This will help you choose. Use a simple system of this is what I want will x, y, and z camcorders do the needful?

6.Find out whether you are comfortable operating a camcorder. Can you hold the camera steady, what about its weight, try out different models and see which weight , size, and design fits you like a glove. Remember a camcorder is not a one second thing. You may land up standing for hours on an end holding the camcorder up to your eyes.

7.Choose a camcorder that is simple to use and yet has manual options. Find out what are the variables in shooting good quality film and ensure that the model takes care of the needful.

8.Only invest in accessories you need. Avoid pressure by online sellers to sell you a whole package of things you may never use. It is easy to get carried away by offers of discount and low prices. People do business for profit so it is not that a retail or online store is doing consumers a favor.

9.Always read the manual before buying a model to determine whether you will actually be able to use all the features described.

10.Check about warranties, cost of parts, weatherproofing, and durability.

Always do your homework, take a minute to read reviews and talk to other camcorder users. Talk to people who are just like you and not to a professional film maker or camcorder pro.

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