Panasonic's Dandy DVD Recorder

If you want to record to a disc instead of a hard drive, the VDR-D300 is feature-packed and captures crisp movies and stills

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Easy to learn and operate; takes good-quality images and offers advanced features

The Bad: Small LCD screen can be hard to read; with a DVD-based camcorder, expect delays in reading the discs

The Bottom Line: A very good choice for someone willing to accept the limitations of DVD video recording

Anybody considering buying a camcorder these days needs to make a decision right off the top: To get one that records video and photos directly onto DVDs and memory cards, or a model that records right onto a hard drive.

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