There are many inherent advantages to a larger sensor. It allows you to better control the depth of field in images, making it possible to isolate your subject and create a blurred background. This blur is often referred to by the Japanese term bokeh. Much has been written about the quality of the bokeh created by different lenses, but the general rule of thumb is that the more light a lens can capture—measured numerically as its aperture, or f-number—the blurrier the background can be. A lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 lets in eight times as much light as one of f/4, and can create a shallower depth of field at an equivalent focal length and shooting distance.
DV (1995): Initially developed by Sony, the DV standard became the most widespread standard-definition digital camcorder technology for the next decade. The DV format was the first to make capturing footage for video editing possible without special hardware, using the 4- or 6-pin Firewire sockets common on computers at the time.
All I can really suggest is doing some home testing yourself. Shoot the same scene three ways: iPhone 6, video camera at 1080, video camera at 720, and see if you notice a difference in the video output. Then think about how you’re going to be watching it. How close are you holding your iPad? Your laptop? How far are you from your TV?
While photographers who want to capture distant subjects and take advantage of telephoto lenses will likely love the flexibility that the APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sensor sizes deliver, there are also a number of full-frame models aimed squarely at enthusiasts. The full-frame size, called so because it matches 35mm film in physical dimension, is a solid choice for landscapes, portraiture, event coverage, and reportage. The larger sensor provides more control over depth of field when paired with wide aperture glass.
If you want a camera that’s easy to use, tough enough to be tossed in your purse, backpack, or glove box, and that takes good pictures, too, then the Nikon CoolPix A900 Digital Camera is your go-to choice. I’ve owned three variations of this camera and each was my go-to for the casual photography that comes with nights out at bars or concerts, day hikes, trips to the zoo or beach, and so on. If I hadn’t dropped my first CoolPix camera in a stream in L.A.’s Griffith Park and dropped the second on Constitution Avenue in downtown D.C., I would likely still be using the first one I ever bought. It’s a testament to the quality of these cameras that I keep coming back to them, and a testament to my own bad luck when it comes to my accidental destruction of cameras. The compact, rectangular Nikon CoolPix A900 slips into a small bag or even into your pocket, yet the lens extends far enough out for an impressive 35x optical zoom. Paired with a 20-megapixel sensor, that zoom capability allows for great shots snapped from near or far.
From time to time, organizations and places have prohibited or restricted the use of camera phones and other cameras because of the privacy, security, and copyright issues they pose. Such places include the Pentagon, federal and state courts, museums, schools, theaters, and local fitness clubs. Saudi Arabia, in April 2004, banned the sale of camera phones nationwide for a time before reallowing their sale in December 2004 (although pilgrims on the Hajj were allowed to bring in camera phones). There is the occasional anecdote of camera phones linked to industrial espionage and the activities of paparazzi (which are legal but often controversial), as well as some hacking into wireless operators’ network.
Sorry for the lack of specifics. The issues appeared whenever I filmed anything that was white (with a glossy finish), or silver (matte or glossy finish). The item films would either be a blurry mess or look as though a mosaic had been applied to it. This occurred in all lighting environments. I think my phrasing of the term ‘white balance’ is off here.
We’re in the process of updating the piece to reflect the fact that the V750 has now been replaced by the V770, even though they’re all but indistinguishable. And the the v850 is likewise pretty much the same, except its got a second camera that can record you while you record something else. Not exactly the most useful feature ever, but if you want a selfie video, I guess it’s an option?
While in our last round of reviewing we were less than impressed by Sony’s offerings, they announced two new camcorders at CES that look more promising. The $550 HDR-CX675 and $400 HDR-CX455 both look interesting, and the CX675 takes features from a higher end camera with a built-in projector, and strips away that rather useless add-on. However, the sensors are still notably smaller than the Panasonic’s, which doesn’t make us too hopeful.
Entry-level DSLRs deliver a big step up in image quality from a compact camera or smartphone, offering far more manual control and the ability to change lenses to tackle a huge variety of projects. Don’t worry though – there are also a host of auto modes to help you out until you’re comfortable with the more creative controls that a DSLR offers.
Medium-format cameras have a film size between the large-format cameras and smaller 35mm cameras. Typically these systems use 120 or 220 rollfilm. The most common image sizes are 6×4.5 cm, 6×6 cm and 6×7 cm; the older 6×9 cm is rarely used. The designs of this kind of camera show greater variation than their larger brethren, ranging from monorail systems through the classic Hasselblad model with separate backs, to smaller rangefinder cameras. There are even compact amateur cameras available in this format.
As an update – I’ve been very happy with the Cannon R500, added a 3+ hour aftermarket battery for $30 or so. The biggest drawback for shooting sports is that is doesn’t support an external control. This makes is pretty difficult to smoothly zoom while shooting on a tripod.
The front-facing microphones of the Canon capture decent sound, but there is little stereo separation to produce a more immersive feel. These things aside, the Vixia HF R500 produces clean, attractive video that looks and sounds miles better than what you would get from a smartphone.
The earliest camcorders were tape-based, recording analog signals onto videotape cassettes. In 2006, digital recording became the norm, with tape replaced by storage media such as mini-HD, microDVD, internal flash memory and SD cards.
Great read,ive been searching for a videocamera to use on the golf course. Say i film my friend, do you think id be able to catch the balle coming down while being zoomed kn with any of those cameras?
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Sensor: Full-frame CMOS | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting, 1,229,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 6.5fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Intermediate
Camcorders are often classified by their storage device; VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Video8 are examples of late 20th century videotape-based camcorders which record video in analog form. Digital video camcorder formats include Digital8, MiniDV, DVD, hard disk drive, direct to disk recording and solid-state, semiconductor flash memory. While all these formats record video in digital form, Digital8, MiniDV, DVD and hard-disk drives have no longer been manufactured in consumer camcorders since 2006.
Digital video storage retains higher-quality video than analog storage, especially on the prosumer and strictly consumer levels. MiniDV storage allows full-resolution video (720×576 for PAL, 720×480 for NTSC), unlike analog consumer-video standards. Digital video does not experience colour bleeding, jitter, or fade.
Once, if you wanted a professional quality full frame camera it had to be a Nikon or Canon DSLR. Sony’s growing range of mirrorless full-frame cameras offer a great alternative. With the Alpha A7R III, Sony has taken one of our favorite mirrorless cameras and bolstered the performance to make it one of the most complete and versatile cameras available today. With a brilliant full-frame 42.2MP sensor that’s supported by and advanced AF system and 10fps burst shooting, you no longer have to sacrifice performance for resolution or vice versa. If that all looks a little expensive, then take a look at the Alpha A7 III – Sony’s ‘basic’ full-frame mirrorless camera, but offers a brilliant blend of performance and image quality for the price.
The use of a lens in the opening of a wall or closed window shutter of a darkened room to project images used as a drawing aid has been traced back to circa 1550. Since the late 17th century, portable camera obscura devices in tents and boxes were used as a drawing aid.
More recent devices capable of recording video are camera phones and digital cameras primarily intended for still pictures; the term “camcorder” may be used to describe a portable, self-contained device, with video capture and recording its primary function, often having advanced functions over more common cameras.
Nikon’s D3400 builds on the brilliant D3300, which was until recently our top pick. Sharing pretty much the same design and specification as its predecessor, the D3400 adds Nikon’s SnapBridge bluetooth connectivity to transfer images directly to your smart device to make it that much easier to share images. The 24.2MP sensor resolves bags of detail, while the D3400 is also a very easy camera to live with. Its clever Guide Mode is a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features. There’s no touchscreen though, but otherwise this is our favorite entry-level DSLR right now.
The Canon also scores with a much better, telescopic lens (technically rated 5.8–17.4 mm, which is equivalent to 35–105mm)—better quality and telescopic to boot—that can take everything from infinity-distance landscapes to close-up macro shots of spiders and flies. But I have to upload my photos to a computer to get a sense of how good or bad they are because the Canon only has a tiny 6cm (2.5-inch) LCD screen. The LG is over twice as good on the diagonal screen dimension, with a 14cm (5.5 inch) “monitor.” Where Canon estimates that the Ixus screen has 230,000 pixels, the LG boasts quad HD (2560×1440 pixels), or roughly sixteen times more. I might not be able to take better photos with the LG, but at least I can instantly assess and appreciate them on a screen as good as an HD TV (albeit still pocket-sized).
Sensor Size Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) mm Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) mm Full-Frame (35.9 x 23.9mm) APS-C (15.7 x 23.7mm) mm Full-Frame (35.9 x 24mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm) mm APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm) APS-C (22.5 x 15mm) APS-C (23.2 x 15.4mm) mm APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm) mm
That is the besteker camera camcorders, which has decent quality video and shoots in full 1080p HD. Comes in 24.0 Megapixels,3.0 TFT LCD touch panel,16X Zoom camera for under $200. Also, any ideas on how I can make my video quality look better or if you have a place you go for tutorials on the subject, highly appreciated to anybody’s professional review,I am all ears.
In January 2008, Silicon Image announced a new technology for sending video from mobile devices to a television in digital form. MHL sends pictures as a video stream, up to 1080p resolution, and is compatible with HDMI.
Most phones are perfectly competent at this. I would just make sure it is stabilized in some way (a product that may interest you is the DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones – https://www.borrowlenses.com/product/dji/DJI-Osmo-Mobile?INTPR=BLOG-BL-COMMENTS-YOUTUBE). Sound is also a concern, so you may want to consider a simple microphone if you’re not just setting your videos to music.
Thanks man. I’ve checked the manual but everything is not explained in it in detail specially the many icons that are on the touch-screen. I wish there was a forum or something where I could get more help from ppl who have this device ?
Thank you so much for this thorough review. One question, given that it’s been years since I last bought a camcorder: How do you transfer your footage on the SD card to a Mac to burn onto a DVD? Is there any difference between the three models you reviewed?