Please, can you recommend what I should be looking for re: sound (shotgun / boom / lavalier / wireless / or?) and also the BEST presets (auto / manual) for the Canon Vixia? I am also trying to figure out where’s best to store media for recording and editing purposes as I have several options with the camera having wi-fi. I am also thinking I need Adobe Elements or Pro (just hate the idea of a monthly fee) but would appreciate your input(s)
Those Sonys you listed Vin p may weight less (and I’m sure they do just looking at them; smaller size) and other specs you listed but they don’t beat the Nikon 3300 in price. Just checked B & H Photo and the Nikon is listed at $369 and the Sony a6000 is listed at $548 and the a6300 is over $1000. A bit pricey IMO for someone just starting out. I have both a Nikon and a Sony mirrorless I know so either company makes a quality product.
Not sure I know what you mean by “mains power”; I know the V750K can record tons of video with a 64gb card, but I want to know if I can connect to AC power so it will be continuous, with no pause for changing batteries.
The V770K also includes a Wi-Fi interface, which allows it to connect to a cell phone or tablet as well as a standard Wi-Fi network. The free app for iOS and Android can remotely control the camera with a live preview. From here you can zoom in and out and stop/start recordings, but the more complex manual controls are not available. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, the V770K appears as a DLNA device, so any compatible computer (Windows or Mac) or device, like a Roku, can play back video from the memory card. Wi-Fi can’t be used to transfer the original recordings to a PC or Mac. It can, however, be used to livestream video to Ustream, a neat feature for things like family events that someone can’t get to.
Am looking for guidance on 300-400$ camcorders from Sony, JVC and Panasonic. I am unable to find bitrates for the 3 I have in mind. Sony HDR PJ440, Panasonic HC W570K and JVC GZ-R10. It’s mostly for shooting kids, family moments etc. I like the toughness of the new JVC but can’t see if it as other (core camera) features that set it apart from it’s peers. The previous JVC models didn’t compare well with the Sony’s and Panasonics; the new JVC R10 seems quite advanced from previous JVC’s so if anyone has feedback about the latest from Sony, Canon, JVC and Panasonic; would highly appreciate your feedback.
Older digital camcorders record video onto tape digitally, microdrives, hard drives, and small DVD-RAM or DVD-Rs. Newer machines since 2006 record video onto flash memory devices and internal solid-state drives in MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format. Because these codecs use inter-frame compression, frame-specific editing requires frame regeneration, additional processing and may lose picture information. Codecs storing each frame individually, easing frame-specific scene editing, are common in professional use.
Oh yeah, compared to that, either the Panasonic main pick, or the Canon R500/R600 should provide major improvements to resolution. Any modern camera should be able to record 1080p video, where your old Canon was limited to just 1020*680 or there abouts, which is a much smaller video. That should create a video that’s much easier to read.
For the Canon at least, we’ve already started to see its name pop up on Black Friday deals, so if you’re up for delaying by a couple of weeks, you can get a bit of savings on that. Haven’t seen the Panasonic show yet, though.
Rugged compact cameras typically include protection against submersion, hot and cold conditions, shock and pressure. Terms used to describe such properties include waterproof, freezeproof, heatproof, shockproof and crushproof, respectively. Nearly all major camera manufacturers have at least one product in this category. Some are waterproof to a considerable depth up to 82 feet (27 m); others only 10 feet (3m), but only a few will float. Ruggeds often lack some of the features of ordinary compact camera, but they have video capability and the majority can record sound. Most have image stabilization and built-in flash. Touchscreen LCD and GPS do not work under water.
The effective aperture is expressed by an f-number or f-stop (derived from focal ratio), which is proportional to the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of the aperture. Longer focal length lenses will pass less light through the same aperture diameter due to the greater distance the light has to travel; shorter focal length lenses will transmit more light through the same diameter of aperture.
Coming to the comparison between camcorders and digital cameras, one thing is for sure. No one can comment on the usability or effectiveness of one over the other. Both have their own pros and cons and it depends on the user’s preference as to which one he chooses. Now I think those people who are wandering between digital camcorder and camera can make their decisions easily. Here are the top 10 best camcorders for you as a reference.
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Autofocus: 45-point AF, 45 cross-type | Screen type: 3-inch articulating touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Continuous shooting speed: 6fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner/enthusiast
The Panasonic 770 camera encodes video using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, and unfortunately, this codec is not suitable for editing in most non linear editors including Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere and Apple . This problem with the Panasonic codec is found throughout the Panasonic camcorder product line.
Camera phones can share pictures almost instantly and automatically via a sharing infrastructure integrated with the carrier network. Early developers including Philippe Kahn envisioned a technology that would enable service providers to “collect a fee every time anyone snaps a photo”. The resulting technologies, Multimedia Messaging Service and Sha-Mail, were developed parallel to and in competition to open Internet-based mobile communication provided by GPRS and later 3G networks.
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Using a focal-plane shutter, exposing the whole film plane can take much longer than the exposure time. The exposure time does not depend on the time taken to make the exposure over all, only on the difference between the time a specific point on the film is uncovered and then covered up again. For example, an exposure of 1/1000 second may be achieved by the shutter curtains moving across the film plane in 1/50th of a second but with the two curtains only separated by 1/20th of the frame width. In fact in practice the curtains do not run at a constant speed as they would in an ideal design, obtaining an even exposure time depends mainly on being able to make the two curtains accelerate in a similar manner.
Is there a way you could provide the sample videos shot above for download? (Just the Panasonic please). This way I could verify compatibility with my desired downstream workflow of the video format from the camera directly.
Stick the EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D outside the US) next to the T6i or the T7i and you’ll struggle to tell them apart. The EOS Rebel T5i is really intuitive to use, regardless of your ability, but the T5i’s sensor can trace its roots back to the T2i that was released in 2010 and it’s now outclassed in terms of noise suppression and dynamic range. The 9-point autofocus system is also dated and you don’t get Wi-Fi connectivity. The T5i’s slashed price does make it a tempting proposition though, but the T6i or T7i is a more future-proof choice.
We’ve been disappointed that features common in mirrorless models, including tilting touch-screen displays and wireless connectivity, have been very slow to make their way to SLRs. Likewise, while Canon has made significant improvements in video autofocus in its pricier SLRs, consumers are better off with a low-cost mirrorless model if they want fast, seamless autofocus when recording moving pictures.
Video cameras are used primarily in two modes. The first, characteristic of much early broadcasting, is live television, where the camera feeds real time images directly to a screen for immediate observation. A few cameras still serve live television production, but most live connections are for security, military/tactical, and industrial operations where surreptitious or remote viewing is required. In the second mode the images are recorded to a storage device for archiving or further processing; for many years, videotape was the primary format used for this purpose, but was gradually supplanted by optical disc, hard disk, and then flash memory. Recorded video is used in television production, and more often surveillance and monitoring tasks in which unattended recording of a situation is required for later analysis.
A movie camera or a video camera operates similarly to a still camera, except it records a series of static images in rapid succession, commonly at a rate of 24 frames per second. When the images are combined and displayed in order, the illusion of motion is achieved.
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Step back a decade and there was no comparison at all between the rough and clunky snapshot cameras on cellphones and even the most mediocre compact digital cameras. While the digitals were boasting ever-increasing numbers of megapixels, cellphones took crude snaps little better than the ones you could get from a basic webcam (1 megapixel or less was common). Now all that’s changed. The Canon Ixus/Powershot digital camera I use routinely is rated at 7.1 megapixels, which is perfectly fine for almost anything I ever want to do. My new LG smartphone comes in at 13 megapixels, which (theoretically, at least) sounds like it must be twice as good.
You also won’t see anything like a video camera’s zoom on an SLR. The kit lens of your camera is probably a 2 or 3 times zoom—and even most expensive telephoto lenses will cap out long before the 20-50x zoom that video cameras offer. Unless you’re right in the midst of the action, the zoom on a video camera will be much more useful than that on a DSLR.
We didn’t test the W570, so it’s difficult to say for sure. Based on the fact that it has a relatively small sensor (smaller than the R600), my guess would be that you’d see worse low light performance than the Canon R600, but stabilization on par with the higher end Panasonic V770. But, like I said, we didn’t test it, so hard to know with real certainty.
Most digital cameras have settings that let you take pictures at higher or lower resolutions. If you select high-resolution, the camera can store fewer images on its memory card—but they are much better quality. Opt for low-resolution and you will get more images, but the quality won’t be as good. Low-resolution images are stored with greater compression.
Once you cross the $1,000 price barrier, you’ve entered into a realm where you likely have a very good handle on whether you prefer an SLR or mirrorless camera. If you’re buying in this range, you need to take a serious look at the lenses and accessories available for each system, and weigh the pluses and minuses of different image sensor formats.
Those who like to tweak and twiddle settings: if you put the camera into manual mode, you can control features like focus, white balance, shutter speed, iris (aperture), and brightness using either the touch screen or the manual control dial on the front of the camera body. You definitely don’t need to use these, and you can leave your video camera on automatic if you want to keep it easy, but for those who want to learn more about manual controls, the option is there.
Daguerreotype cameras formed images on silvered copper plates. The earliest daguerreotype cameras required several minutes to half an hour to expose images on the plates. By 1840, exposure times were reduced to just a few seconds owing to improvements in the chemical preparation and development processes, and to advances in lens design. American daguerreotypists introduced manufactured plates in mass production, and plate sizes became internationally standardized: whole plate (6.5 x 8.5 inches), three-quarter plate (5.5 x 7 1/8 inches), half plate (4.5 x 5.5 inches), quarter plate (3.25 x 4.25 inches), sixth plate (2.75 x 3.25 inches), and ninth plate (2 x 2.5 inches). Plates were often cut to fit cases and jewelry with circular and oval shapes. Larger plates were produced, with sizes such as 9 x 13 inches (“double-whole” plate), or 13.5 x 16.5 inches (Southworth & Hawes’ plate).
Glass plates were later replaced by sheet film in a dark slide for sheet film; adaptor sleeves were made to allow sheet film to be used in plate holders. In addition to the ground glass, a simple optical viewfinder was often fitted. Cameras which take single exposures on sheet film and are functionally identical to plate cameras were used for static, high-image-quality work; much longer in 20th century, see Large-format camera, below.
HTC RE HTC also announced an external camera module for smartphones, which can capture 16 MP still shots and Full HD videos. The RE Module is also waterproof and dustproof, so it can be used in a variety of conditions.
Resolution: A camcorder’s resolution indicates the number of pixels that are in the footage. The higher the resolution, the more clear or detailed the footage will be. Some digital camcorders offer 4K resolution, which is 4 times the resolution offered by Full HD.
A video camera is a camera used for electronic motion picture acquisition (as opposed to a movie camera, which records images on film), initially developed for the television industry but now common in other applications as well.
The third method is called scanning because the sensor moves across the focal plane much like the sensor of an image scanner. The linear or tri-linear sensors in scanning cameras utilize only a single line of photosensors, or three lines for the three colors. Scanning may be accomplished by moving the sensor (for example, when using color co-site sampling) or by rotating the whole camera. A digital rotating line camera offers images of very high total resolution.
Pair that up with a lens like the 18-55mm kit lens and you’ll be up and shooting in no time.By the way let me know in the comments section below, which camera do you think is the best budget DSLR Camera and why? and I’ll take a look at your comment. If you’re looking for some a little newer, you could take a look at the T6 from Canon.
The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform? by Stuart Jeffries. The Guardian, 13 December 2013. Is the sheer quantity of photos we’re now taking spoiling their quality—and the quality of the moments we’re recording?
If anyone was also looking for the answer to my question I was able to visit a store with both the V750K or the Canon R500 and the V750K has lense threads (49 mm if I remember right) and the canon does not.
It’s all about level control: the level (volume) on your mic, as well as the recording volume on your camcorder. You could be overloading the input on the camera with a high level coming out of your Zoom. The camera probably also has an internal level control that possibly should be reduced to allow for optimal sound recording.
well….I had a Canon HF M506 (2 year old model). This week I’ve been playing with a HC V720, and apart from the Smartphone control (which is the reason I bought it), the quality is no where NEAR as good ass the canon, washed out colours, no where Near as good in low light or even general indoor light, with a huge amount of blurring, noise, and drop in frame rate. The only positive I could find was the much wider angle to my Canon.
Many camcorders and cameras have built-in features that are unique to the particular device. For instance, a camcorder may allow you adjust your shutter speed or field of view for shooting video. However, on a digital camera, your video option will be to simply point and shoot. Likewise, many digital cameras offer options that allow you to change the ISO (similar to changing film speeds in a traditional camera), aperture and other functions that are simply not available on their camcorder counterparts.
If you’re not familiar with the term, the mirror that mirrorless cameras lack is the one that directs light to an optical viewfinder from the lens. SLRs, of course, still offer that. Getting rid of the mirror box allows for a slimmer design with fewer moving parts, as well as more accurate autofocus. And, with the latest spate of models, autofocus is fast. So fast that you won’t miss shooting with an SLR.
dkerov, the V550 has a different image sensor than the V750, so I can’t draw any direct comparisons there. We did consider the V550, but we decided to test the V750 alongside the other two as it is generally a better camcorder (better manual controls, etc).
hi l have a panasonic HDC-SD80 at moment which ive loved but is now playing up. I mainly record my sons. one plays football while the other surfs, therefore l require something that is good with fast movements and long zoom at least 40 plus. I find that while the one l have did the job it failed to recognize my sons facial expressions while riding surf or playing footy which l would love to have with this new one, can you suggest which one would suit my needs best thanks, regards Julie
The Bayer filter pattern is a repeating 2×2 mosaic pattern of light filters, with green ones at opposite corners and red and blue in the other two positions. The high proportion of green takes advantage of properties of the human visual system, which determines brightness mostly from green and is far more sensitive to brightness than to hue or saturation. Sometimes a 4-color filter pattern is used, often involving two different hues of green. This provides potentially more accurate color, but requires a slightly more complicated interpolation process.
In consumer units these adjustments are often automatically controlled by the camcorder, but can be adjusted manually if desired. Professional-grade units offer user control of all major optical functions.
Condenser Mics are useful for voice overs and recording audio in controlled environments. If what you want is a microphone that you can sit on your desk and record yourself talking with, a condenser is a great choice. Beauty and gaming vloggers love these types of mics.
One of the drawbacks of this camcorder is that unlike Sony and Canon, you can’t get big cheap batteries that last 5-6 hours–if you need that. Panasonic does make good camcorders, but but they heavily code-lock the batteries (and rake in the money). Factor that in to the purchase price. I recommend the Vixia series HF G10, G20 or G30–they have the best balance of features, video quality and cheap, super-long lasting aftermarket batteries. Plus the Pro CMOS sensor gives better skin tones. The Panasonic has tiny edge in resolution, but I prefer the image of the Canon overall. If you really want the whole enchilada, go for the Sony ax100 which currently is the best of the bunch. It costs more, but the aftermarket batteries are cheap and the quality is amazing.
Thanks for the reply. it didn’t solve my problem in the way I had hoped! So I’ll try to rephrase my question in case that helps in getting me a clearer indication of what I might best do. Here goes: Are the alternative products you are looking at so clearly better in terms of price and product specs. that even someone in a hurry aught really to wait till you’ve finished your evaluation?
Sales of traditional digital cameras have declined due to the increasing use of smartphones for casual photography, which also enable easier manipulation and sharing of photos through the use of apps and web-based services. “Bridge cameras”, in contrast, have held their ground with functionality that most smartphone cameras lack, such as optical zoom and other advanced features. DSLRs have also lost ground to Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC)s offering the same sensor size in a smaller camera. A few expensive ones use a full-frame sensor as DSLR professional cameras.
The 360-degree camera can take picture or video 360 degrees using two lenses back-to-back and shooting at the same time. Some of the cameras are Ricoh Theta S, Nikon Keymission 360 and Samsung Gear 360. Nico360 was launched in 2016 and claimed as the world’s smallest 360-degree camera with size 46 x 46 x 28 mm (1.8 x 1.8 x 1.1 in) and price less than $200. With virtual reality mode built-in stitching, Wifi, and Bluetooth, live streaming can be done. Due to it also being water resistant, the Nico360 can be used as action camera.
There’s a good chance that you have a powerful vlogging tool on you right this very moment. While smartphones can’t touch the quality and versatility of an actual camera, they’re still pretty capable and assuming you own your phone already, they will cost you nothing.
You’re ready to go live and broadcast to your friends or family through your laptop’s inbuilt webcam . There’s just one thing getting in the way of your web chat – you can’t turn the camera on! Here’s how you can activate it. It should only take a few minutes.
How much longer do we have to wait before you have latest recommendations and deactivate the ‘wait’ status on this one. I was about to buy this, based on your excellent and very informative/readable/ review that also had room for other points of view.