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There's really no such thing as a “best digital camcorder.” But there is a digital camcorder that best fits your needs and shooting style. The trick is finding it.
Start by asking yourself how you plan to use your camcorder. If you'll be shooting sports action from the stands, a long zoom is important. If you'll be carrying it for long periods while traveling, a light, compact model will be less tiresome. If you just plan to record occasional memories like family birthday parties and trips to the zoo, price might be a main consideration.
Also ask yourself what features are important to you. Do you savor creative control? Then a model with manual focus and fade-out effects may be attractive. Are your eyes a little weaker than they used to be? Then a large LCD screen might be important. Also consider microphones, auxiliary lights and even the ability to record high quality still images.
If you're not sure of what features are even available, visit different manufacturers' websites and browse the “features” and “specifications” sections of several models. This will give you an idea of the many features you could have.
This process will develop a profile of the best digital camcorder for your lifestyle. If you've answered your questions in depth, you should have only a handful of models to consider.