I think the R500 and other camcorders are very differebnt beasts to the iPhone and other smartphones. If you’re just trying to capture things as they happen around you, then the iPhone is probably more than enough, and has the advantage in portability, and the fact that it’s in your pocket alread. A dedicated camcorder has major advantages for having a long zoom, stabilization, and longer recording times. But if you don’t need that, then a good smartphone can do much of the work instead.
A handful of iPhone users have discovered their Camera app icon has gone missing after updating iOS to the latest version. Why the Camera mysteriously disappears after updating iOS isn’t always clear, but it’s typically an easy fix using one of the methods outlined below.
A few SLRs on the market offer a third viewfinder option—an electronic viewfinder. Sony cameras that feature fixed, semi-transparent mirrors are sometimes referred to as SLTs. Rather than redirecting light to your eye, the semi-transparent mirror in these cameras redirects it to an autofocus sensor. If you aren’t set on an optical finder, these cameras are worth considering. But be aware that Sony has been investing more heavily in its mirrorless system as of late. If you’re buying an A-mount Sony SLR be sure that you’re happy with what’s available for it now, as we don’t expect to see a lot of future lens or accessory releases.
Many people consider Canon’s Powershot G7X to be the best camera for blogging due to its myriad of features, small size, and incredible video quality. While it lacks the low light capabilities of a DSLR, it’s 1″ sensor, which is larger than most cameras of this size, captures a lot of light and produces clear, rich images. The G7X is a perfect choice for just about everyone.
Mirrorless system cameras are very similar to DSLR cameras in that they use interchangeable lenses, have large sensors, and allow the photographer to use the camera in full manual, automatic, or semi-automatic modes. The main difference is the size. Mirrorless cameras are closer to the size of compact point-and-shoot cameras because they do not have the optical viewfinder that DSLRs have. Optical viewfinders use a system of mirrors that accurately show the scene about to be photographed. Mirrorless cameras forgo those for electronic viewfinders or LCD screens, which preview the scene about to be photographed. This makes them quieter, smaller, and lighter, which is ideal for more serious photographers who value discretion and portability, from wedding and theater photographers to travel photographers. Learn More About Mirrorless Cameras.
Cameras taking film significantly smaller than 35 mm were made. Subminiature cameras were first produced in the nineteenth century. The expensive 8×11 mm Minox, the only type of camera produced by the company from 1937 to 1976, became very widely known and was often used for espionage (the Minox company later also produced larger cameras). Later inexpensive subminiatures were made for general use, some using rewound 16 mm cine film. Image quality with these small film sizes was limited.
In 2010, in Ireland the annual “RTÉ 60 second short award” was won by 15-year-old Laura Gaynor, who made her winning cartoon,”Piece of Cake” on her Sony Ericsson C510 camera phone. In 2012, Director/writer Eddie Brown Jr, made the reality thriller Camera Phone which is one of the first commercial produced movies using camera phones as the story’s prospective. The film is a reenactment of an actual case and they changed the names to protect those involved. Some modern camera phones (in 2013-2014) have big sensors, thus allowing a street photographer or any other kind of photographer to take photos of similar quality to a semi-pro camera.
As for getting better audio options for another camera—definitely a solid choice. You could quite happily do that either with a video camera or a DSLR—and then upgrade and mix and match to fit your needs.
I got frustrated after trying to turn things off in the settings of the V770 without any results. I decided to reboot the Popcorn Hour. And all of a sudden it was able to play the 1080/50p and 1080/28p MP4’s! There is about a second of freezing before it plays, but after that it plays smoothly.
Final quality of an image depends on all optical transformations in the chain of producing the image. Carl Zeiss points out that the weakest link in an optical chain determines the final image quality. In case of a digital camera, a simplistic way of expressing it is that the lens determines the maximum sharpness of the image while the image sensor determines the maximum resolution. The illustration on the right can be said to compare a lens with very poor sharpness on a camera with high resolution, to a lens with good sharpness on a camera with lower resolution.
All three of the contenders are small, compact, comfortable for a long day’s recording, and easy to carry. The days of heavyweight camcorders that are awkward to handle are long gone: today’s models weigh less than a pound and will fit into a large pocket or bag. The physically identical predecessor to Panasonic HC-V770K is the largest we tested—but that’s still not what you’d call huge. At 2.6 by 2.9 by 5.5 inches (about the size of a flashlight) and 13.8 ounces with our battery and SD card, it’ll fit into your coat without any struggling.
For cine cameras, film 35 mm wide and perforated with sprocket holes was established as the standard format in the 1890s. It was used for nearly all film-based professional motion picture production. For amateur use, several smaller and therefore less expensive formats were introduced. 17.5 mm film, created by splitting 35 mm film, was one early amateur format, but 9.5 mm film, introduced in Europe in 1922, and 16 mm film, introduced in the US in 1923, soon became the standards for “home movies” in their respective hemispheres. In 1932, the even more economical 8 mm format was created by doubling the number of perforations in 16 mm film, then splitting it, usually after exposure and processing. The Super 8 format, still 8 mm wide but with smaller perforations to make room for substantially larger film frames, was introduced in 1965.
What would you recommend for kid portrait, kid action and low light pictures? I am an amateur mom who loves taking picture of my kids. I have currently now Canon Rebel xsi but it is terrible in low light. Wanting to upgrade a better one but not spending thousand.
Faster autofocus Unless you are shooting things that never move, autofocus is a big deal! Few things ruin a shot more than missed focus and fast autofocus helps minimize the chance of that happening. The better your autofocus (and the more adept you are at using it), the more “keepers” you will have. Learn more about how to control autofocus in All About Autofocus: Focus Area vs Focus Mode for Beginners.
That’s not great, but most of the camcorders in this price range have similar battery life. I asked CamcorderInfo.com’s Jeremy Stamas about the low-life battery trend in my email interviews for this piece, and here’s what he had to say:
Continuous shooting is measured in frames per second. At minimum, you should look for a camera that can shoot three frames per second, although sports and nature shooters will want to look for a camera that can shoot faster than five frames per second.
The X100F is a thing of beauty both to look and and to use, but it’s not for everyone. It’s a relatively large, retro-styled compact camera with a fixed focal length 35mm equivalent f/2.0 lens, and designed for photographers who hanker after the weighty feel and manual external controls of traditional 35mm film rangefinder cameras. It’s a relatively specialised camera and most owners are likely to have other cameras too. It may be a touch pricey, but there’s nothing quite like it – it’s an exquisite camera to look at and to shoot with.
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?
Yup, Tim is right. We can’t make assumptions about performance between models when major components (such as the sensor) differ. It is also worth remembering that all of the models we tested produced good quality video: we only saw major differences when looking at the more extreme uses (low light, etc).
For the formatting, my general understanding is that MP4 files tend to have a larger file size, but are usually much easier to edit/upload/share. AVCHD might be better quality, and should have smaller files, but will be much harder to edit or adjust.
Hello all, I am a amature photographer. I lashed out 2 years ago and purchased a Canon 6D with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM as a kit. Also purchased a 2nd Canon 6D with a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.