Sponsored by JVC
IF YOU THINK a camcorder is something you take from the closet shelf
once or twice a year, the new hard-disk-drive (HDD) camcorders will likely
change your mind. Do you own an MP3 player or an iPod? The reasons
you love them are the very same reasons you will love HDD camcorders:
storage capacity, computer connectivity and ease of use. What’s more, these
camcorders are small and, at about one pound, lightweight.
The first advantage is long recording capacity
Some models allow you to record more than seven hours in the highest-quality recording mode, providing image quality comparable to that of a
Hollywood DVD movie. You can also record for more than 37 hours at
Second, you can record without interruption
Whether you’re recording a soccer tournament, baseball game or your
family’s entire vacation, HDD camcorders allow you to do this without the
need to keep changing discs or tapes. Besides uninterrupted recording, rid-ding yourself of tapes and discs offers another benefit: cost savings.
Third, it’s easy to delete unwanted scenes
If you record something you don’t want, you can delete it at the touch of
a button, just as with a digital still camera. With an HDD camcorder, there’s
no need to limit yourself. Record it all.
When you want to play back a particular scene, navigate to the desired
thumbnail image that identifies the scene, and push “Play.” There’s no rewinding or fast-forwarding. View exactly what you want, when you want it.
Every time you record on an HDD camcorder a new independent file is
created. That makes it easy to find what you want, and it makes it impossible