Digital Trends: At one time, people were content taking photos with cameras and videos with camcorders. Manufacturers rightly thought, “Hey, why not combine their main functions into each?” In theory, this is great, but early on you got cameras that shot lousy standard-def video, and camcorders that took horrible stills. Over time, chips got better and quality improved in both cases. Still there were major compromises cramming this functionality into their respective skins. Digital Trends readers well know I’m not a fan of DSLR video, compared to what you’ll get with even a $350 AVCHD HD camcorder. Camcorders are designed to record for hours, or until the battery runs down or media fills up. They focus properly, and are as easy to use as opening a bottle of water.