A camcorder is an electronic device combining a video camera and a video recorder. Although marketing materials may use the colloquial term "camcorder", the name on the package and manual is often "video camera recorder". Most devices capable of recording video are camera phones and digital cameras primarily intended for still pictures; the term "camcorder" is used to describe a portable, self-contained device, with video capture and recording its primary function.
The earliest camcorders are tape-based, recording analog signals onto videotape cassettes. In 2006, digital recording became the norm, with tape replaced by storage media such as internal flash memory and SD cards.
Earlier, the term camcorder exclusively referred to a camera with a recorder. But almost all of the electronic cameras built in 2006 provide recording capability essentially making them a "camcorder". The term camcorder is now exclusively used for a particular camera range which provides advanced functions over more common cameras.

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