A digital video camera, dv camera, video camcorder, or digital camcorder is a device that records video to formats including Digital8, MiniDV, DVD, a hard drive, or solid-state flash memory. Some digital camcorders also have the capability of taking still pictures and storing on separate media, often the same type as used in digital cameras. While the image quality may not be quite as good as a standard digital camera, this allowed users to carry one device to record both video and still images. In the picture is an example of a digital camcorder.
Compared to analog camcorders, digital camcorders can record video at a higher resolution. Some digital camcorders can even record at high definition quality. Most digital camcorders today use either a hard drive or solid-state flash memory and record in formats like MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4. To get the recorded video onto a computer for editing and copying, digital camcorders can connect to a computer with a USB or FireWire cable. Digital camcorders can also connect directly to a TV for video playback, using either composite video cables or HDMI on newer models.