Camcorder formats explained

We give the lowdown on all the video jargon and buzzwords: from HD to HDD

Hybrid camcorders

The hybrid format refers to any camcorder that is compatible with more than one type of recordable media. Typically, this will be a combination of inbuilt memory and a memory card slot, such as SDHC. One of the most versatile hybrid camcorders we've looked at is the Sony HDR-UX20 . This high-def camcorder lets you record video to DVD, Memory Stick or its 8GB inbuilt hard drive.

These days, almost every camcorder on the market can be viewed as a hybrid, with the exception of memory card models and cheap MiniDV cameras. Bear in mind though, that some camcorders use additional media for still image recording only — which doesn't really count.

Best hybrid camcorder (standard-def): Sony HDR-SR10

Best hybrid camcorder (high-def): Panasonic HDC-HS9

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