Sony Video Cameras (Handycam Camcorders) are some of the highest quality cameras in the marketplace.
If you like taking videos on your vacation these are good cameras to be on the short list.
This page is provided to provide you with a way to sort through the features and options of video cameras and find the one that is right for you.
It is easy to get confused and go into “Information Overload” when looking for a video camera. There are many different companies and options available.
Many people throw up their hands and just pick something! Later they may regret their decision.
Sony High Definition Video Camera
To make the decision easier, let’s use the Pareto Rule. In simple terms the Pareto Rule (a rule of thumb) that means to focus 80 percent of your attention on 20 percent of the factors that will give you the greatest benefits. In this case, a video camera.
First, the important factors to consider if you decide to purchase one of the Sony Video Cameras:
Company – Pick a company you trust. Cost - Buy once, buy right…but don’t buy more than you need! Ease of use - Easy to use cameras get used more. Video quality – All good cameras produce high quality video. Size and Weight – The smaller lighter cameras are easier to carry, but may not have as many features or be more expensive. Battery life – Don’t get caught without power. Memory card size – Make sure you get enough memory.
The importance of each of these factors is dependent on your personal needs. As noted previously, the best video camera is the one that meets your needs. Don’t spend a lot of money for fancy options you will never use if you are just interested in basic videos.
Note: Many people spend too much on features they don’t need and won’t use. If this is the case than the Sony Video Cameras may be too expensive for you. You can get a fair to decent videos in many of the digital cameras available today. See Best Small Digital Camera.
Don’t break the Bank! The quality of Sony Video Cameras is amazing. You don’t have to break the bank to get a good one.
I purchased the Sony Handycam SteadyShot DCR-TRV17 back in 2001 right before going on a trip to China. I paid around $900 at the time and was happy with the price. Today, for significantly less cost you can purchase Sony Video Cameras with the same quality of video or better!
The Sony Handycam SteadyShot DCR-TRV17 has worked extremely well, is very reliable and has many fine features. The main reasons for my choice were:
• Sony specializes high quality video cameras. • The videos are sharp, crisp and with true colors. • Their video cameras are easy to learn and use. • The battery life is good (rechargeable batteries are used. • The LCD size is large at 3.5 inches diagonal.
The best way to show what the Sony Handycam SteadyShot DCR-TRV17 can do is to show what type of videos this camera takes. I took the videos shown below with the Sony Handycam SteadyShot DCR-TRV17. It was sized down for the website and is still very sharp and focused.
Video Shot with Sony Handycam SteadyShot DCR-TRV17
Sony makes a high quality product and I am still happy with my purchase.
Today if I were to buy, Sony Video Cameras would be on my short list. Many improvements have been made and some of the prices are half or less with high quality.
Before selecting a video camera ask yourself:
• Do I want a large or smaller video screen? • Do I want a Non-Removable Hard Disk Drive or embedded flash memory? • How much memory storage do I need? • How much battery life do I need? • Do I want Standard Definition or High Definition videos?
Sony Standard Definition Video Camera
Words of Caution It you are only going use the video camera on rare occasions to you may not need all the bells and whistles that are available. Some things such as standard vs. high definition can cost a lot of money (and for some, may not be worth it).
Having said that, if you are taking family videos, important vacation videos, or other important videos, consider purchasing a camera that meets your needs now, and in the future. As with any important purchases: