Today there is no shortage of cheap camcorders in the market. However the ones
which are of particular interest to people searching for cheap camcorders are Mini DV cams, DV cams, and DV pro
cams. Now out of these both the DV pro and the DV cam are both analog while the Mini DV is a digital format camera.
When we say ‘analog’ it means that the camera records sound and video on tape.
A Mini DV camera is designed keeping in mind the needs of both a professional and
amateur film maker. This is why a Mini DV is probably the cheapest of all camcorders on the market today. However
there are some models which are more expensive than others. The Mini DV by far is also probably the best as
compared to other formats for a number of reasons, the biggest one being that it is digital.
A digital format means that there is next to no noise incorporated into the media.
The other good thing about digital recording is that because they are digital the media quality does not decrease
after a few years or after constant usage. It is also easier to make copies of the original with no loss of its
original quality unlike analog where there is a 20% to 30% loss in quality. Digital formats also have higher and
better horizontal resolutions as compared to analogue camcorders.
There are a number of companies that specialize in manufacturing both expensive
and cheap camcorders. Companies such as Panasonic, JVC and Sony are just a few of the well known brands. Sony is
considered as one of the first companies to mass produce and market its cheap camcorders, something which helped it
capture the amateur market in the early days of the camcorder.
If you are looking for cheap camcorders the best place to start searching is online.
There are many websites that sell camcorders both cheap and expensive at rates which are unheard of in the local
market. However before you purchase online make sure that you know what you are getting by properly understanding
its features, capabilities and limitations.