Digital video camera sizes are compact, around 2.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches, 7 x 6 x 5.1 inches and 4 x 5 x 5.1 inches. Other products have different dimensions, but they often do not stray far from these figures.
While their prices have gone down, the features have increased dramatically. Many of the high end products are able to record HD (high definition) video for several minutes or even hours.
Features that stabilize and improve the image are also built-in. Another nice feature of these devices is their ease of use. Of course, the compact size has made these gadgets more attractive to use.
Power and Memory
Besides the digital video camera sizes, the power and memory capacities have also increased. If you plan to shoot hours of video, get a device with lots of memory. For 2 hours of HD video, 8 GB of memory will be needed. If memory is limited, you will need to get additional cards. However, not all devices allow extra memory installation.
The battery power is another issue. Look for those that can be charged with USB. Other units can use lithium batteries. It is a good idea to get a device with a back-up power source in case the main one goes out.
Al the major brands include software for their cameras. These can be installed or accessed from your computer. You just install the software from the provided CD or DVD. Others just require you to hook the USB to the computer. These apps will help edit your videos and capture images. Most of them let you make custom videos or send video greetings.
Before you buy, make it a habit to compare the prices. The costs have gone down, but that’s no reason not to find the most affordable one possible. Start by determining what your needs are.
If you are a first time buyer, the entry level units should suffice. But if you are a professional, the high end types are the way to go. Fortunately, even the costs of these devices have plummeted compared to what they were years ago.
Reading online reviews can help. You can find these in online stores. There are also techie sites that have reviews of digital cameras.
The compact digital video camera sizes have made them very easy to carry. The main considerations should be the quality of the videos.