Well, when you think of a camcorder, you probably envision those little hand-held mini dv camcorders that fit into the palm of your hand, right? Like all things, the camcorder had it's own starting point, too. In the 'old days', the camcorder was very big and bulky. It was originally designed to be used to help capture news on the run. Today, they can be found in mini form and are even able to be recorded on many different media formats. The prices can vary, but thank your lucky stars that they have evolved; if they hadn't, we'd still be lugging around those heavy vhs-beta recorders from the days of yesterday!
To really appreciate the camcorders of today, we must look at the camcorder of days gone by. When you look up camcorder in the encyclopedia, you encounter a long, rambling description. Basically, it says that a camcorder is a 'portable electronic device (usually digital camera) for recording video images and audio onto a storage device. It contains both a camera and a recorder in one unit.' In the recording days preceding the camcorder, the camera and recorder would be separate in technology.
The camcorder was actually designed for the advancement of broadcasting television images. Can you image the world today without our awesome news overages that we depend on? How would we know of the upcoming disasters or the destruction a world away, without the images that can be transported in seconds? Unlike today, the cameras of yesterday in broadcast centers were very big and were mounted on a specially designed trolley for transportation. They were wired to remote recorders located in separate rooms. Talk about inconvenience!!
Thank goodness for the innovative technology in the years to come! Without it, we would not be able to shoot little Billy's t-ball game or Suzie's High School Graduation ceremony! Eventually, the technology let the electronic giants of the world create a much smaller, compact design that could combine both the camera and recorder; and the camcorder was born! In the early 1980's, Sony brought us the first camcorder. Kodak quickly followed suit and the rest is history!
Today, the camcorder is made by many leading electronic manufacturers and is found in many homes all across the world. They can be large or mini in size. They can record on many media formats, including vhs tape, 8mm, dvd-r and dvd-rams! They can offer many features, including optical and digital zoom lenses, built in microphones, still shot capability, web cam capability, image stabilizer, rechargeable lithium battery, in camera menu, in-camera editing and warranty. There are a ton of accessories you can find for the camcorders, including: tripod, extra battery, USB and A/V cables, AC power adapter, shoulder strap, carry case, battery charger and editing software.
Many of the newer models of camcorders are more than just typical camcorders, too! Some of them actually double as a digital camera, too! Just image how easy and convenient it would be if you could carry one machine around to capture all of those special moments, instead of two! Whether you are buying a camcorder for yourself or for a gift, there are many models to choose from. Of course, the prices will vary, depending on features, size and the manufacturer.