With four new formats in the marketplace, the problem is choosing wisely.
For almost eight years, there wasn't much going on in camcorder technology—if you wanted something small and good, MiniDV was your only real option. Now we have an embarrassment of riches: New formats that promise greater portability, better ease of use and improved picture quality have sprouted up. Which one should you buy? First, define your needs and ambitions, then look at features and, of course, price.
1. The Best of the Basics
Price: Starts at $399