Movies Made Easy

Digital video cameras now come in more flavors than ever, ranging from $30 disposables to pricey models that record to dvd instead of digital tape. But for artful documentation of family fun, the sweet spot belongs to midrange cams, priced as low as $300. Thanks to tech advances — and free editing software — any kid or parent can indulge a filmmaking urge 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...

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