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Here at Newegg.com we offer a wide selection of camcorder products from the manufacturers you know and trust. We want our customers to own the camcorder that was made just for them. To do that, it is important to have at least a rudimentary understanding of camcorder features, specifications and technologies, which are explained in our Camcorder Buying Guide and recommended reading list. After that, just take a glance at our extensive listing of camcorder product specifications while browsing. Shopping at Newegg.com just got happier!
Understanding Camcorder Specifications
There are many different ways of classifying camcorders, but the most direct way is via storage/recording medium. VHS-C, memory cards, flash memory, MiniDV, Digital8, DVD and internal hard disks are all utilized in today's camcorders. Each type of camcorder is suited to a certain portfolio of applications.
Two of the most important technical specifications to focus on are the image sensor and lens as they have the largest influence on image quality. Camcorders typically use either a CCD or CMOS image sensor, which can be of a certain size and pixel count (the larger the better), and can be a 1-CCD or 1-CMOS design or a 3-CCD or 3-CMOS design. The optical zooming capability of the lens is key to quality images when capturing from a distance. For an in-depth explanation of each of these specifications, please see our Camcorder Buying Guide.