Over the last two decades, small video cameras called camcorders have become one of the most popular types of photography equipment. These items are basically portable, hand held movie cameras for recording images and audio. They are ideal for filming and preserving family moments, holidays, graduations, parties, sporting events and other important occasions as they contain both a camera and a recorder. The units run on electricity or battery power and record the images and sound to a cassette tape.
The cameras are a lot smaller, cheaper and lighter than they were when they first came out in 1984. There are various formats of video cameras, which have assorted playback and record options. Video cameras seem to have new features every year as technology improves. You can buy video cameras for less than $300. Underwater models and mini cameras are also available.