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Digital Camcorders go from MiniDV to DVD
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Aspect ratio is important when creating your movie because it sets the dimensions of your screen viewing area. Aspect ratio is the viewing area on a display in regards to its width in conjunction with its height, therefore a full-screen has an aspect ratio of 4:3, and widescreen has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Having the option to switch between full and wide screen is an important feature to have available depending on what type of display your final movie is going to be shown on.
Optical zoom versus digital zoom can be confusing. Optical zoom refers to the focal length of a lens to shoot close ups, but digital zoom makes the size of the pixels larger not the picture itself. When comparing the optical next to a digital zoom specification, look for the best optical feature to get better quality close-ups.
Most new camcorders on the market have a built-in image stabilizer. This nifty technology helps to eliminate the "shaky-hand" camera effect when taking freestyle shots. There are two methods of image stabilization, optical and electronic. Optical stabilization uses lens sensors to adjust the lens to motion, but an electronic stabilizer makes a pre-recorded capture of a picture, then makes corrections to the motion shift.
Similar to digital cameras, camcorder resolution is measured in megapixels which are equal to one million pixels. The more megapixels, the better quality pictures you'll get. A resolution of 1.5 megapixel or above resolution is considered a good quality image for a video camera.
DVD camcorders basically offer many of the same features as a tape camcorder, but have a significant advantage with using the direct to DVD recording. This can save both time and money by eliminating the need to purchase special software for editing and extra media for your final movie. If you are considering purchasing a DVD camcorder this season, don't forget to include plenty of DVDs with your gift.
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