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Compared to a few years ago, the range of video cameras available to buy has shrunk to all but nothing. With the popularity of cell phones, the manufacturers have cut their selections down, focusing on a few models aimed at those who want more than a cell phone can offer.
I just bought a Canon HF R62. My primary use will be to video dance contests. I may transfer some of the video files to DVD to share with the contestants. I am not sure which format and frame rate to choose. My gut says MP4 at 24mbps. But I am a rookie so I would appreciate your advice. I see the camera will let me simultaneously record a MP4 at 4mbps which is supposedly good for web files, so I may choose that option. Thanks for any and all help.
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 incorporate a retractable lens assembly that provides optical zoom. In most models, an auto actuating lens cover protects the lens from elements. Most ruggedized or water-resistant models do not retract, and most with superzoom capability do not retract fully.
Most first-time DSLR users aren’t going to purchase a whole bevy of lenses, but there are a few to consider to supplement the kit lens that ships with the camera. The first is a telezoom to complement the standard 18-55mm lens. There is usually a matching zoom, starting at 55mm and ranging up to 200mm or 300mm, that will help you get tighter shots of distant action. Plan on budgeting $200-300 for this lens.
There are usually a couple of ways you can do it! Most cameras let you plug them directly into your computer using the USB port on both the camera and the computer. Otherwise, you simply remove the SD card, and put it into a card reader (either an external one, or the one built into the side of many MacBooks).
The smaller the f/number, the larger the effective aperture. The present system of f/numbers to give the effective aperture of a lens was standardized by an international convention in 1963 and is referred to as the British Standard (BS-1013).[57] Other aperture measurement scales had been used through the early 20th century, including the European Scale, Intermediate settings, and the 1881 Uniform System proposed by the Royal Photographic Society, which are all now largely obsolete.[58]:30 T-stops have been used for color motion picture lenses, to account for differences in light transmission through compound lenses, are calculated as T-number = f/number x √transmittance.[58]:615
One of the greatest joys of photography is being there at the right moment to capture the perfect shot before it’s gone forever. A point and shoot camera gives you the speed and simplicity to make sure you don’t miss that one-in-a-million photo. And today’s point and shoot cameras are made with some of the best features of the digital camera world for an image quality that just a few years ago was only available to those with a DSLR. And that’s what attracts so many people to a point and shoot: their small size and lighter weight mean you can take them anywhere so you’re always ready for that unexpected photo op. With the wide selection of digital cameras at Best Buy, you’re sure to find a point and shoot with exactly the set of features that match the way you use your camera.
Since I was one of the whiners about how outdated the old review was, I’m happy to get to be the first to say thank-you for this review. I’ve been struggling to decide what to do to video my son’s soccer and football games (trying to get offers from college now seems to entail a lot of sending highlight videos to target schools). That means low light, long zooms, but NOT long duration. Was looking at your super zoom point and shoot suggestion as well as buying a used, older prosumer 3CCD, 12X zoom MiniDV (which should have great focus and light sensitivity, but significantly lower resolution as HD 3CCDs are still pretty spendy). The low price of the Canon seems to make it a no-brainer.
At this moment I am filming and photographing with an Olympus SH-25MR. I bought it only because it can film and take pictures simultaneously. The quality is not very good but it’s the only photo camera that is able to do that.
“Ahah!” I hear you cry. “If my cell phone isn’t good enough, why not use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to shoot video?” DSLR and mirrorless cameras are excellent devices for taking photos and video. If you want to do both, then they are a great hybrid option. However, they can involve serious compromises when it comes to audio and video. In particular, dedicated video cameras offer major advantages for sound, focusing, zoom, and clip length.
The camera phone, like many complex systems, is the result of converging and enabling technologies. There are dozens of relevant patents dating back as far as 1956.[citation needed] Compared to digital cameras, a consumer-viable camera in a mobile phone would require far less power and a higher level of camera electronics integration to permit the miniaturization.
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Most camera phones are simpler than separate digital cameras. Their usual fixed-focus lenses and smaller sensors limit their performance in poor lighting. Lacking a physical shutter, some have a long shutter lag. Photoflash is typically provided by an LED source which illuminates less intensely over a much longer exposure time than a bright and near-instantaneous flash strobe. Optical zoom[2] and tripod screws are rare and none has a hot shoe for attaching an external flash. Some also lack a USB connection or a removable memory card. Most have Bluetooth and WiFi, and can make geotagged photographs. Some of the more expensive camera phones have only a few of these technical disadvantages, but with bigger image sensors (a few are up to 1″), their capabilities approach those of low-end point-and-shoot cameras. In the smartphone era, the steady sales increase of camera phones caused point-and-shoot camera sales to peak about 2010 and decline thereafter. Most model lines improve their cameras every year or two.
Interesting article. Have you compared any of these (esp. low end models like the HF R500) with an iPhone 6. Trying to decide if it’s still worth having a dedicated video camera with the video advancements available in the latest iPhone. Picked up the HF R500 on Black Friday and leaning towards returning it….
White balance On digital cameras, electronic compensation for the color temperature associated with a given set of lighting conditions, ensuring that white light is registered as such on the imaging chip and therefore that the colors in the frame will appear natural. On mechanical, film-based cameras, this function is served by the operator’s choice of film stock or with color correction filters. In addition to using white balance to register natural coloration of the image, photographers may employ white balance to aesthetic end, for example, white balancing to a blue object in order to obtain a warm color temperature.
Stick this camcorder in auto mode, and it will choose the best settings for capturing video well in many situations, including low-light shooting and fast-moving action. It’s also smaller and lighter than the Panasonic—a considerable plus for something that you will be carrying around all day.
The history of the digital camera began with Eugene F. Lally of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who was thinking about how to use a mosaic photosensor to capture digital images. His 1961 idea was to take pictures of the planets and stars while travelling through space to give information about the astronauts’ position. As with Texas Instruments employee Willis Adcock’s filmless camera (US patent 4,057,830) in 1972, the technology had yet to catch up with the concept.
So the next time a friend asks me which is the best digital camera for his or her trip, concert, Instagram, or food blog, I’ll simply send along a link to this article. Note that while it’s easy to pay more than a thousand bucks for a digital camera (in fact, it’s easy to pay two or three grand or more), for our purposes, we’re trying to keep this in the affordable-digital-camera range, so I’ve set $1,000 as the ceiling. If you’re looking for a camera that costs much more than that, you should probably talk to one of your professional-photographer colleagues.
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There’s more to quality than just the dimensions of the video! The Panasonic has a larger sensor than your iPhone, which should (theoretically) allow for better video recording quality regardless of 1080p or 720p for features like low light performance and dynamic range. However, and pretty obviously, you’ll see the difference when you blow them up big.
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.
Most 21st century video cameras are digital cameras which convert the signal directly to a digital output; such cameras are often small, even smaller than CCTV security cameras, and are often used as webcams or optimized for still-camera use. The majority are incorporated directly into computer or communications hardware, particularly mobile phones, though analog video equipment remains in use.