The portmanteau name of camcorder comes from the two words that describe it the best that is `camera` and `recorder`. It is a device that records audio as well as video images and saves it in its storage device.
Camcorders that initially used analog video tapes were earlier used for broadcasting of television images. They were huge in size, and had to be carried around on trolleys. However, as technology advanced, camcorders that could record digital videos started flooding the market, and soon by the 1990`s they were so small and convenient to use, that almost every home demanded one of these devices.
Camcorders consist mainly of three components: the lens of the camera, the imager and the recorder.
The lens is the `light path` of the camera that consists of a number of adjustments to allow the user to capture pictures and videos exactly as desired. These adjustments include parts like aperture (that allows one to control and adjust the light), the zoom function (that is used to adjust the field-view area covered by the lens), and the shutter speed (that helps capture any form of continuous motion).
The image, that could be called the camcorders `eye`, is used for housing the photosensitive devices. This is where electronic video-signal is developed from the light captured, in quite a complex electronic process.
The last section, that is the recorder, provides a number of signal-processing functions that help in copying the captured and developed video signals on the desired recording mediums (like the magnetic videotapes).
Camcorders operate on electricity and these days, most commonly they depend on rechargeable batteries. Therefore it is a must that you select your camcorder batteries well, and carefully, since they are going to be with you for a long time.
Camcorders come with a variety of features, some of the latest as well as the most popular additions being the flat LCD camcorder screens. Screens that can be rotated about 290 degrees along the vertical line, and horizontally about 90 degrees are also very popular among buyers, since they make video recording a luxury.
These days camcorders can be seen being used almost everywhere. Be it the electronic media that practically depends on this device, or the low budget TV shows that need clarity of images and sounds, in the most reasonable prices, or the political protestors who need to film images to prove things to the world, or the happy parents who wish to capture their newborn`s tantrums and feel proud.Camcorders are just everywhere!
Camcorders come with various price tags (starting form just about a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars), depending on the features on the device, the clarity of sound and images provided, the company manufacturing it, etc. Much of it also depends on factors like the format used by them (like the digital format or the analog format that are extremely popular).
However, regardless of the technology these devices may be using or how sophisticated its features may appear to be, camcorders are very user friendly and can be used by anyone. One of the most popular and user friendly applications of camcorder can be found in cell phones where camcorders are incorporated so extensively. However camcorders that are included in cell phones do not provide pictures as clear as the pictures provided by the camcorders.
Needless to say, camcorders have surely come a long way since it was first introduced in the market, and judging by the rate of its growing popularity, it can be safely said that these devices are here to stay for a long time and continue to develop and grow. Camcorders surely have a long way to go!