If you read the ads, you'll notice that manufacturers seem to feel that automatic camcorder controls are a must-have feature for most videomakers.
However, even if you're an inexperienced user, it won't take you long to discover that automatic controls and image processing features are usually more trouble than they're worth. If you're hesitant to buy an otherwise attractive camcorder because it lacks automatic controls, our advice is to go ahead and buy.
All professional camcorders give you the ability to turn automatic functions off and use manual controls instead. But it's a challenge to find low-cost or budget-level camcorders with manual overrides for automatic functions.