DVD camcorders, or camcorders that record directly to DVD, are becoming more and more scarce. These technological wonders are being replaced with flash memory or hard drive video cameras. The main draw of DVD camcorders is the market of those without a home computer, as the user simply pops a disc into a DVD player and they are off and running. Because these recorders use miniDVD’s as a recording medium they are generally a good bit larger than the newer flash memory recorders which utilize a tiny SD card to store images. However, anyone in the market for a DVD camcorder can still find a great camera, at least for the time being. Here are few to consider:
Sony Handycam DVD Camcorder DCR-DVD 650
The Sony Handycam DVD Camcorder, model number DCR-DVD650, retails for $299.99 from Best Buy. This camera features 60x optical and 2000x digital zoom, Steady Shot Image Stabilization, Easy Handycam Button, Playback Zoom, and Fader Effects. The zoom power is extremely effective for getting tight shots of virtually every imaginable subject, though 2000x zoom is a tad on the difficult side to utilize in any amateur setting. The image stabilization is an appreciated feature on any video camera, and keeps the footage stable eliminating bouncy videos. The Easy Button is a nice feature that locks out advanced user features and allows for point and shoot capability, which is very handy for first time users or even children. The fader effects allow for nice transitions between shots and really puts the finishing touches on a DVD without having to use any video editing software. The playback zoom is interesting because it allows for zooming during pause and playback. While the actual benefits are somewhat murky, this technology may prove handy in certain circumstances. The 2.7″ LCD screen allows for clearly seeing the scenes being recorded.
The Samsung SC-DX205 is available from Wal-Mart for $229.88. The SC-DX205 features a 34x optical zoom for checking out objects far away or those great close up shots. This camera also features a 2.7″ LCD screen which makes keeping track of the action a breeze. The Samsung SC-DX205 is also equipped with time lapse recording functions, which can really unleash the inner photographer in anyone. While this feature is a little on the tricky side to work, regardless of what the manufacturer or manual says, when you get it right the effect is truly something to behold. This particular camera comes with a multi-adjustable grip allowing for getting the handhold right for any video setting. All things considered this is a nice camera for a great price.
As far supporting this type of technology, it would seem that market demand is diminishing further and further. With memory card slots and USB ports popping up on televisions, DVD players, or other video components, many users are completing the migration to the smaller cameras with flash memory. In addition, using DVDs as a recording medium requires packing several discs for one trips, as the capacity of a mini DVD is usually maxed out at about thirty minutes of video. Spread that capacity over the course of a week vacation, and at least four discs would be necessary for two hours of video. Also, because the discs will need to be finalized or processed by the camera before being able to play in a player, and battery life becomes an issue as well. While DVD camcorders will have their market for a few more years, potential users should also check out comparable flash camcorders, which are also available for about $100 less than either of these DVD camcorders. Plus, being able to record over and over again on the same memory card will be much less expensive that purchasing a new DVD for every trip.