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What You Need To Know About Camcorder Hard Drive


Technology has made it possible to capture the precious moments of our lives without much hassle. Camcorders can be considered as one such blessing of the modern times. They store not only eons of our pictures but also aid us in recording videos of important moments. As with all devices, camcorders have a limited space capacity and it is this question that must be addressed when investing in a new camcorder so as to benefit from it longer.


Fairly recent innovations in the designing have allowed us to throw away the annoyingly small tapes and directly record our videos and pictures onto a hard disk pre provided within to these camcorders. Now high definition camcorder models come with built in camcorder hard drives.

Camcorders with camcorder hard drive ensure longer recording of videos. Recent results have gone up to as long as 20 hours of video recording in long play mode but of course that’s a maximum and is applicable to specific models of camcorders only. Once the camcorder hard drive gets full one must change it out or empty the existing one. Camcorder hard drives record for hours before reaching the limit of their recording capacity. Once the camcorder hard drive is full, it stops recording so more room can be created by deleting the less important pre-existing videos or by transferring the videos made so far onto the computer. This transfer from camcorder hard drive to the computer is done using USB or fire wire. Hard drive camcorders fare much better in low light scenarios but that also depends on the lens quality which adds immensely to the overall video quality. Camcorder hard drives may also give the option of editing the files to some extent after they have been archived.


However, camcorder hard drives are not removable so if their storage capacity is reached the file son they need to be moved to other storage mediums such as DVDs or the computer, and in some cases old lesser files need to be cleared away if instant storage needs to be created. The alternative to hard drive camcorders are flash memory camcorders for which new flash memory can be externally bought if more space is needed Also hard drive camcorders may experience problems relevant to vibration which can surround any normal recording such as in big crowds, concerts, loud noise projection, motor noises like car engine noises, etc. Similarly owing to their delicacy, they might not record a lot of movement precisely which will result in a lower quality video. Moreover, hard drive camcorders have issues with high altitude recordings as a result of the drop in air pressure. So above 9700 feet of the sea level, if one needs to record a hiking or trekking video, the hard disk drive is most likely to give up working. . Hard drive camcorders have moving parts that make them prone to a higher degree of shock and drop than flash memory drives. If the hard drive camcorder does experience a drop or breakage before the video has been successfully transferred, then data recover services like DriveSavers can recover the lost videos but at a high cost.

Tips and comments

Perhaps flash memory camcorders are better in this regard that they don’t drain the camcorders battery as fast as the hard drive camcorder. They are also far more convenient than hard drive camcorders as additional flash memory can be attached in case of need. It is also relatively harder to burn DVDs from hard drive camcorders which muddle up movements.

By Sultan Khan, published at 03/29/2012
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