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Do I need a digital camcorder?
With both analog and digital camcorders getting cheaper every day, you may be wondering if you really need to pay extra for a digital model. In reality, it depends on what you plan to do with it.

Analog camcorders are plummeting in price as people pass over them in favor of newer digital technology. If you don't plan to take still pictures or edit the footage you shoot with your computer, an analog model may be a viable choice. In addition, VHS-C models, though larger than other formats, can be adapted to fit a regular VCR. No other camcorder format can do this.

Digital models do offer some great features, though. In addition to a very small size, the video quality is usually better than analog models when in proper lighting. However, many digital cameras do tend to produce a more grainy image in low light conditions than analog models. What conditions you shoot under could be important here.

Digital camcorders can be easily connected to a home computer to edit your footage. In fact, some even come with the software you need to do so. This allows you to trim those shots that go on a bit too long or those times when you might accidently forget to stop recording.

Another bonus is digital models often allow you to take still pictures. This can be handy if you want to stick with one device while traveling. Keep in mind, a camcorder won't take as good a picture as a dedicated digital still camera, though the photos camcorders produce are certainly good enough to share via email.

Finally, digital camcorders are becoming quite cheap, as well. It's almost to the point that there are models no more than $50 or so more than most analog models. At that point, there is little reason not to go digital.

In the end, you don't need to choose a digital model, but you'll need to consider your future plans carefully when making your choice.

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