Home : Video course : Module 1: Camcorders : Choosing a Camcorder : Which Format?
Another fundamental choice to make when buying a camcorder is between
HDV - This is the oldest consumer high definition format.
Today's consumer HDV camcorders only record in 1440 x 1080, then stretch the footage
to 1920 x 1080 for playback. Camcorders compressing in HDV only record to MiniDV
tape. Widely compatible with editing software and easy to use.
AVCHD - Introduced in 2006, AVCHD has exploded in popularity,
allowing HD video to be recorded onto all the non-tape media listed above. AVCHD
has gotten a little better each year. Some models are finally on par with HDV in
overall picture quality. The format is expected to phase out HDV in the coming years.
Every manufacturer has a slightly different recipe for AVCHD, so finding a compatible
editing program can be tough. Also, you'll need a powerhouse computer to work with
files. All current AVCHD camcorders record in 1080i, though the format allows for
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