Updated on 2 August 2013 by

NTSC is the American color television broadcast standard used to store video on VHS tapes. The other popular video standard is called PAL and is used largely in Europe. Even though both video standards give similar video performance - conversion from one format to the other can result in severe display defects in the final video. Consequently, it is critical that you choose the right standard compatible with the color TV you want to play your recording on.

The best NTSC camcorders typically also support the PAL standard for more flexibility.


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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
Mar 2013
HDD Size
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
21.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.49 MegaPixels
4.14 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Average Rating
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 4.2 stars
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 4.2 stars