A dedicated device will have vastly better image quality than your phone, and the zoom lens will make it a lot easier to zoom in on what you actually want to record. But what really makes it better than your phone and worth carrying around is its form factor. Unlike a difficult-to-grip phone or a large DSLR, a video camera is actually designed for extended shooting from a variety of angles. If you’re planning on recording something for an extended period of time, like a sporting event or a vacation video—or anything at an odd angle that would otherwise require you to squat or stretch to see the screen, like a baby’s first steps—a video camera with a rotating screen, superior zoom capabilities, quick autofocus, and a high-quality microphone will be a godsend. More on this later.
Mohamed, I recommend looking at YouTube channels like Frugal Filmmaker and Indy Mogul for cheap and do-it-yourself lighting ideas. You will need to give a little thought to your set up (Google “three point lighting”) but you don’t have to spend a lot of money.
The EOS Rebel T7 (known as the EOS 2000D outside the US) is Canon’s cheap and cheerful entry-level DSLR. While not featuring quite the same impressive spec as pricier models up the Canon range, you still get a pretty solid set of features for the beginner including Wi-Fi and NFC technology built-in. This means you can transfer images to your smartphone for super-quick sharing. Images from the 24.1MP sensor are more and adequate, but not quite a match for those from the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D. The 9-point autofocus system, as well as the Live View AF system is disappointing, while there’s no touchscreen either.
For example, a wider aperture is used for lower light and a lower aperture for more light. If a subject is in motion, then a high shutter speed may be needed. A tripod can also be helpful in that it enables a slower shutter speed to be used.
Its a real shame that Canon are not fitting their prosumer sensors to their mid range camcorders anymore (the £300 price point), and that they dont have smartphone control (yes, i know its advertised as it does, but the app does NOT work with Android 4.3 or higher – making it useless)
Video cameras were invented early in the 20th century for television use, and by the end of the century, people could buy digital video cameras, which can almost immediately display the image. Video recorders that could record the image on magnetic tape were created in the middle 20th century.
For pro sports, you’ll see bigger cameras on the sidelines. They don’t pack as much resolution as SLRs used to cover weddings and events, but they fire off images at much higher burst rates—usually about 10fps with continuous tracking and exposure. Sony has an intriguing alternative out there in the mirrorless space, the a9. Lighter and less expensive than competing SLRs, it locks and fires at an incredible 20fps and records video in 4K.
The Sony a7RII is a giant of a camera – in a really small package. This mirrorless camera’s 42 megapixel full frame sensor is one of the best on the market and has become a staple in the arsenals of many an adventure and travel photographer. Don’t believe us? Check out the work of professional surf photographer Chris Burkard who does 70% of his work with this little dynamo. Beginners will love that this camera takes pin-sharp pictures and fits in the palm of your hand. This camera is as good as any DSLR — and way smaller.
Sensor: Full-frame CMOS | Megapixels: 36.3MP | Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type | Screen type: 3.2-inch, 1,229,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Expert
What’s bothering me a lot is that my iPhone 6 seems to record at 1080p, and these movies play fine on my Popcorn Hour C200. Seems a shame to have a brand new camera, and then have it record at a lower setting (720p) than a phone to make things work… Or am I comparing apples to oranges? Is the 720p quality of this camera comparable to 1080p of the iPhone 6. I really hope you can ease my mind here.
Great review and info, thank you. I wondered when you said that the V750K “outperformed all the cameras we tested (or any camera up to twice its price)” does that include the Canon Vixia HF G20? I have seen it online for around $700 that puts right near the V750K price range. Also, does the V750K or the Canon R500 have threads to take additional lenders? (I was looking at adding a wide angle and lens hood).
A good stabilization system is crucial unless you plan on shooting from a tripod constantly. It’ll help smooth out hand shake both when you’re standing still, and when you’re in motion—and it becomes even more important when you zoom in, which accentuates even the tiniest of tremors. You need a camera capable of producing footage that looks fluid (but not unnaturally smooth) while you’re zoomed from halfway across a basketball court or when you’re running alongside your kid’s first foray into riding a bicycle.
Film SLRs have advantages and can be far more durable and resistant to extreme environments. They require much less care and batteries last for years. Some do not even need batteries to operate, although you loose metering and autofocus obviously. They are not prone to sensor-dust (or film-dust) because a new frame is used for each shot.
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For many years, exposure times were long enough that the photographer simply removed the lens cap, counted off the number of seconds (or minutes) estimated to be required by the lighting conditions, then replaced the cap. As more sensitive photographic materials became available, cameras began to incorporate mechanical shutter mechanisms that allowed very short and accurately timed exposures to be made.
Traditional SLRs struggle when it comes to video autofocus. Contrast-based methods require that the focus point move just beyond the point of crisp focus and come back to it in order to lock on, which can be distracting when refocusing to follow a moving subject. SLR makers have worked to improve this, utilizing lenses with Pulse or Stepping Motors, which are are quieter and smoother during focus, but they’re still not on the same level as most mirrorless cameras.
Most current consumer digital cameras use a Bayer filter mosaic in combination with an optical anti-aliasing filter to reduce the aliasing due to the reduced sampling of the different primary-color images. A demosaicing algorithm is used to interpolate color information to create a full array of RGB image data.
Bear in mind that my Canon is just a point-and-shoot compact, so this is not really a fair comparison between what you can achieve with a really good digital camera and a really good smartphone. My LG is right up at the better end of smartphone cameras, but the Ixus isn’t anywhere near as good as the best digital cameras. A professional DSLR would have a much bigger sensor than a smartphone—up to 3.6cm × 2.4cm—so it would be able to capture really fine detail in even the lowest of light levels. It would also have a bigger and better screen and better (interchangeable) lenses.
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.
Thanks so much for posting your two comments, I almost followed the recommendation here and bought the 770 and would have been sorely disappointed. I really like most of the reviews on The Wirecutter and The Sweethome but this article doesn’t meet their usual standards and doesn’t take into account how most people who would buy these products would actually use them. It would be great to see the authors go back and revise this in order to add a little more relevant data about file formats used.
In late 2008, a new type of camera emerged called mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC), which uses various sensors and offers lens interchangeability. These are simpler and more compact than DSLRs due to not having a lens reflex system. MILC camera models are available with various sensor sizes including: a small 1/2.3 inch sensor, as is commonly used in bridge cameras such as the original Pentax Q (more recent Pentax Q versions have a slightly larger 1/1.7 inch sensor); a 1-inch sensor; a Micro Four Thirds sensor; an APS-C sensor such as the Sony NEX series, Fujifilm X series, Pentax K-01, and Canon EOS M; and some, such as the Sony α7, use a full frame (35 mm) sensor and even Hasselblad X1D is the first medium format MILC. Some MILC cameras have a separate electronic viewfinder. In other cameras the back display is used as a viewfinder in same way as in compact cameras. A disadvantage of MILC compared to DSLR is battery life due to the energy consumption of the electronic viewfinder.
Another way to activate a laptop web camera is to start using it through an instant messenger service like Skype, Yahoo, MSN or Google Talk. These applications support video chat and should open up the webcam automatically once you start using them.
If you can track one down for cheaper, last year’s Panasonic HC-V750K is essentially identical to the V770K. Excluding some rather minor features you’re probably unlikely to rely on (a new HDR video mode, a switch from mini HDMI to micro HDMI), they’re pretty much the same camera. So if you can find last year’s model for a notably lower price somewhere, then it’s probably worth picking up.
We’ve never encountered the Besteker, and overall would suggest relying on a more widely known company. The Canon is only a smidge above $200, and is reliably good for its price. And Canon has a known background in excellent lenses and sensors, where Besteker does not.
That’s weird. I’ve got a pair of 770s. I bought one last year and another this year. So any firmware upgrades can be compared directly. I’ve got the Rode VideoMic Pro (set the mic to +20dB & the cam audio volume to -30dB) and a Shure PG58 dynamic cardioid (set the cam audio to -6dB) when I don’t use a in-line mixer. I use Adobe and for quicky stuff MS moviemaker, but the sound always comes in at normal levels with both mics. Maybe your input jack is fried. I had the latter issue with my Canon 5DII.