Camcorders that would have easily cost $1,000 several years ago are now selling for as little as about $350. More fully featured units can be had for $500.
‘Prices are way down,’ says Jan Ozer, author of PC Magazine Guide to Digital Video (John Wiley, $29.95). ‘And quality-wise, much better than the VHS camera of years ago.’
Even the cheapest camcorders have long zooms with triple the magnification of consumer point-and-shoot digital cameras, better lenses and longer battery life. Many can double as webcams, and most plug into PCs to edit footage onto CDs or DVDs.
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