We know what you’re thinking. “Do I get a digital camcorder or camera?” Well, to tell you the truth, with all of the crossover, we kind of lose track ourselves. But, since we’re Vann’s, the best electronics store in the world*, and we always seem to have the answers, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel like shooting more video, or pictures? Well, which one?
This is the conundrum – do I purchase a digital camcorder that can also take photos, or do I purchase a digital camera that can also take video? Even if you go in with the knowledge that a camera/camcorder is (generally) going to be a stronger choice for pictures, while a camcorder/camera is (generally) going to be a stronger choice for video, the decision can still make you a little crazy. Here are six questions to ask (or was it five?) that might make the choice a little easier.
Where do you shoot?
Do you find yourself mostly around the house? Out on the town? On sandy beaches in exotic locales?
How do you share photos and video?
Is your wallet bulging with prints? Do you have multiple albums on your Flickr and Facebook account? Do you have a wall lined with VHS tapes and CDs
What do you shoot?
People? Events? Nature? What memories do you treasure?
What have you used in the past
While this question may seem less relevant at times, what we’ve used before can often be the comfort zone we want to stay in.
How often do you have something to carry a camera or camcorder?
Transport can be the biggest enemy of opportunity. If you can’t reliably carry a device with you, then it may as well be a nice looking paperweight.
How much time do you like to spend editing?
No one likes to sit through hours of unedited footage (or, at least very few sane people like to). Take the time to consider whether you have the patience to edit your video before sharing it – there are a quite a few programs that can help you out too.
Of course, once you’ve made this crucial decision, how do you decide which one to get?
We’ll leave that question chambered for later.
*Author’s completely unbiased opinion as an employee-owner of Vann’s