Video Camera Information on Tape vs. Hard-Drive

If you're looking to buy a new camcorder, you're going to need some video camera information on whether you should get one that records onto tape or a hard-drive. The technology has changed a lot over the past few years, and the market has been revolutionized as it heads in a more digital direction. Both tape and hard drive cameras have their positive and negative points. Here's a guide to help you make this purchasing decision.

Tape Cameras

If it's been a few years since your last camcorder purchase then this is probably the format you're most familiar with. It's simple to use and if you're not planning to edit any of your home movies on the computer, then this is ideal for you. The biggest benefit to shooting on tape is that your video will always be there unless you tape over it. Just record the video, label the tape, and store it somewhere to watch it later.

The biggest drawback to these cameras is that they're gradually disappearing. There are still some on the market and you can still buy tapes at most stores, but the availability is declining. Soon it might get difficult to find tapes for your camera.

Hard-Drive Cameras

Cameras with internal hard-drives are becoming the new camcorder standard. These allow you to record for hours without worrying about deleting any existing footage to create room. Because the footage is recorded onto a hard-drive, your video is already digitized and just needs to be transferred on the computer for you to either edit it or turn it into a DVD. These cameras will save you money in the long run because you won't have to buy tapes ever again. 

The drawback to these cameras is that it is easy to accidentally delete footage, and unless it was backed up on a hard-drive, it will be gone forever.