image, which gives the camcorder a little “wiggle” room. Optical image stabilization follows the same concept, but the camcorder actually moves parts of the lens to compensate for the shake. The downside to electronic image stabilization is that it sometimes degrades picture quality. Optical image stabilization is better than Electronic stabilization, just as optical zoom is better than digital zoom. Unfortunately, most consumer camcorders have electronic image stabilization.
In some ways, the audio you record with your camcorder is just as vital as the video. However, this isn’t likely to be a make-or-break area in your camcorder buying decision. Most camcorders are generally equal in the audio that their attached microphones record – equally bad, that. There are often problems with tape motor noise, problems from noise from your hands operating the