What are the Different Types of Digital Video Camera Accessories?

Harriette Halepis

Some digital video camera accessories are necessary, while others exist solely for entertainment purposes. Items such as microphones, memory cards, and batteries are hard to live without. In fact, most video cameras come with these essential digital video camera accessories at no additional charge, though this is not always the case. Additional digital video camera accessories that make filming a lot more fun include extra memory, a tripod, a case, and a DVD burner. Extra memory including DVD discs, memory cards, and Blu-ray discs will provide a user with supplementary memory options.

Front and back views of cassettes for a MiniDV camcorder.
Front and back views of cassettes for a MiniDV camcorder.

When purchasing a video camera, take note of the digital video camera accessories that are included in a camera's price. While some stores may offer unbelievable digital video camera sales, many crucial accessories are not included in sale prices. Therefore, before settling upon any one video camera, ask a customer representative about the digital video camera accessories that come with the camera in question.

A digital video camera.
A digital video camera.

A tripod, often used by professionals, will make filming any event easier and more precise. Even though many people assume that holding a video camera still provides an image that is not shaky, this is far from the truth. The fact of the matter is that it's impossible for a human to stand absolutely still. Thus, using a tripod to steady a shot of any kind is optimal. Tripods are rather bulky, but they are a worthwhile investment for those people who enjoy filming concerts, recitals, or other large events.

Likewise, storing a video camera inside of a hard protective case is a good idea. Most video cameras come with soft cases that must be purchased separately, though these cases will not usually protect a camera from unforeseen damage. Further, many hard cases are weatherproof, which can prevent camera damage due to unpredictable weather.

Many people do not think to purchase DVD burners, though transferring any video to DVD format will increase longevity. DVD burners are often sold as separate units, and these devices can be purchased in any electronics store. Many computers also include DVD burners that will work just as well as separate units.

Purchasing digital video camera accessories can be a big investment, but the accessories are usually worthwhile. A digital camcorder will work well by itself, but the right accessories can instantly increase the quality of any video. Before deciding upon any digital video camera accessories, make sure to read plenty of digital video camera accessory reviews. This way, the best accessories can be purchased with confidence.

Professional digital video cameras have a number of lens attachments that are necessary for shooting films.
Professional digital video cameras have a number of lens attachments that are necessary for shooting films.

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