Technology: Movies Made Easy

Digital video cameras now come in more flavors than ever, ranging from $30 disposables from CVS drugstores to pricey models that record to DVD instead of digital tape. But for artful documentation of family fun this summer, the sweet spot belongs to midrange cams, priced as low as $300. Thanks to tech advances--and kickin' free editing software--any kid or parent can indulge a filmmaking jones at modest cost, with great results. Our director's guide:

STICK WITH SIMPLICITY

Basic models from top brands like Sony, Canon and JVC deliver color quality that's just as good as higher-end alternatives. Forget costly features like...

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