Top 10 DVD Camcorders for Fathers and Families

The DVD camcorder is the latest and hottest method of recording video. Dads who are really into camcorders like the DVD models because (a) they record onto mini DVDs that can be put directly into DVD players or drives and (b) dads can randomly access scenes on the DVD rather than waiting for tapes to rewind or fast forward. Check out these recommendations from dads who know before buying a DVD camcorder for your family.

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    Record directly to DVD and enjoy it on your TV. Shooting high quality video is easy with the DCR-DVD650 Handycam camcorder. The powerful 60x optical zoom lens gets you close to the action, while SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur. And with Hybrid recording technology, you can capture it all directly to a 3" (8cm) DVD or removable Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media.

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    This is a favorite among dads I know because of the 25x optical zoom which lets you get great close-up shots from far away. It also records directly to a variety of DVD media and has slots for memory sticks and a USB port. The best feature is Sony's Super NightShot feature that makes taking high quality pictures and videos in the dark or at night a snap.

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    A smaller DVD camcorder than the others we have listed thus far, the DVD408 is compact and convenient. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and a 25x optical zoom. With this camera, you can record on all DVD media and memory sticks. A high quality mini camcorder option for your family.

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    For ease of use, this Samsung model is hard to beat. Samsung says you can start using this camera ten seconds out of the box, and that is pretty close to accurate. I like the digital image stabilization feature that really helps smooth out transitions between shots. The LCD screen is a little smaller than many, but it has a 34x optical zoom. For dads who are a little camcorder-impaired, this is a great choice.

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    Canon DC20 Digital Camcorder
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    The DC20 is another camera made for dads who don't want to take the time to learn a lot about a camera. The interface is very intuitive and made for a dad like me that wants to take great videos without being a real expert. It features a 35x optical zoom and records on all DVD media and a miniSD card. A great camcorder option for the dads who are looking for a unit that is simple to operate.

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    Another compact camcorder model, the DC173 is a little lower price than other DVD camcorders, but offers some excellent features including a 34x optical zoom, recording on all DVD media, an SD card and a USB port. The only concern I have heard expressed is that the auto-focus feature seems a little slow to adjust, but not all dads even noticed it. This is a good one to check out.
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    Panasonic Palmcorder VDR-D50 Digital Camcorder
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    The smallest DVD camcorder on our list, this Palmcorder packs great features into a very small package. While it only records on Mini DVD and SD cards, it has some features you would only expect in a larger, more expensive camera. Thumbnail previews, a wide-recording mode and a zoomable stereo microphone make this one a top choice among camcorders.

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    Hitachi DZMV750MA Digital Camcorder
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    The DVD-R and DVD-RAM 16:9 formats deliver the ultimate in recording and editing options. DVD-R captures video directly to DVD for instant playback on most standard DVD players. DVD-RAM and the intuitive on-screen navigation allow for on-screen editing, finalization and scene thumbnail selection without rewinding or fast forwarding. A16x optical and 240x digital zoom provide exceptional clarity. The convenient Quick Start Recording reduces time for initial start up, and the Quick Mode Menu...MORE streamlines the On-Screen Menu down to just themost common things you need.

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    Hitachi DZBD70A High Definition Digital Camcorder
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    This is the step up camcorder that shoots HD footage onto Blu Ray Mini Disks. It offers full HD (1920 x 1080) High Definition Video Recording at 5.3 MegaPixels. It has a one second quick start function that will allow you to start shooting right when you want to. It is pricier than most DVD camcorders, but it has amazing picture quality.

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    Sony Handycam DCR-DVD205 Camcorder
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    Another palm-sized camcorders that records on DVD media and with wide-recording features, the Handycam 205 is a convenient and easy-to-use camcorder. It has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens which is used by higher-end cameras, and is lightweight. The dad who liked this camera best thought the manual was well written and easy to read (which is a plus among camcorders).