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DVD camcorders are more prevalent than ever as almost all manufacturers have jumped onto the disk-based bandwagon. Companies have cut back on the number of MiniDV tape models and cut prices. A gradual shift is occurring as non-tape formats (DVD, hard disk drive, solid state) become more common and less expensive. And since America has gone widescreen TV crazy, more camcorders than ever take true widescreen video rather than stretching it like the old days (three years ago).