If your home videos never quite have the gravitas of Hollywood epics, you can always blame the aspect ratio--the boxy, 4:3 standard TV format. Or you could have. New camcorders that shoot in native widescreen (16:9), paired with a portable HD editing deck, will present your work in true cinematic style.
Though the past few generations of camcorders offered widescreen as a shooting mode, they were actually cheating you. They simply lopped off the top and bottom of the frame to give the appearance of widescreen--a technological sleight of hand that renders an image with lower resolution than you'd expect from these cameras. The latest models below use CCD sensors that give you the real deal.