Are expensive camcorders worth the investment?

With smartphones and digital cameras gaining terrain on the market of video and photography equipment, many people refrain from investing in expensive camcorders, thinking that the above mentioned counterparts will offer the same quality for a much lower price. However, some people, most of them professionals, still defend the old camcorder, and manufacturers seem to insist on keeping their products on the market, and some of them, at no shy prices.


ua7I would like to start answering this question by pointing out that not all photographers and filmmakers have the same thing in mind when buying such a camera. If you only want to shoot some short home videos of Christmas gift unwrapping or your cat being funny, you probably won’t even think about getting a high-end camcorder, since you can easily and effectively use your smartphone. But if you’re into more serious film-making, spending some money on better equipment might be worth a thought. So what are the advantages of an expensive camcorder and can they be found in cheaper packages? Interested in buying the best camcorder? Continue to read!


4K resolution is the top feature presented by the most expensive cameras on the market and it makes room for insanely good picture quality. But as smartphones are catching up in this department, this motivation won’t last for much longer. So if we take this feature off the table are we still left with something worth mentioning?


ua6Many camcorder fans like the viewfinder and the high optical zoom that no other gadget masters like a camcorder, and that are essential for a professional filmmaker. Another feature that really makes the difference in high-end camcorders is the built-in microphone, which does a much better job than one on a DSLR. So these are some of the features that make camcorders the first choice for many filmmakers. Does an increased price make them go away or lose importance? On the contrary. An increased price usually reflects the fact that the manufacturer has put an effort to maximize these features – see the 20x optical zoom vs. the common 10x optical zoom and their benefits, and maybe topped them with additional features – you can now find Wi-Fi enabled camcorders, for example.


Ultimately, the question of expensive camcorders being worth the money is reduced to the question if investing in more quality is worth it. And we think that is always a personal choice, as experience, information, and talent also have a say in the quality of the final product.