All the camcorders recorded acceptable sound, but the best by far was the V770K’s predecessor, the functionally identical V750K. With excellent stereo separation and a good balance between the subject and the ambient noise, it gave the strongest feeling of being in the middle of the action. It also has the neat trick of zooming the microphone as you zoom the lens, focusing in on the subject and lowering the surrounding sound. It works well and can make someone’s voice more audible in a crowd, separating it from the background noise. Panasonic labels this as a “5.1ch” microphone, and the camcorder can capture dolby digital 5.1-channel sound and the more standard 2-channel stereo sound.
VHS-C (1982): Originally designed for portable VCRs, this standard was later adapted for compact consumer camcorders; identical in quality to VHS; cassettes play in VHS VCRs with an adapter. Still available in the low-end consumer market. Relatively short running time compared to other formats.
Yeah I liked that list a lot! I have been using Sony Alpha A7R II for my vlogs for the last couple of years and I’m so pleased the quality is great and I love it. This is the one I have https://www.amazon.com/Sony-ILCE7RM2-Mirrorless-Digital-Carrying/dp/B06XCH8NJS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498154656&sr=8-1-spons&t%61g=gottam-20&keywords=Sony+Alpha+A7R+II&psc=1&%nbsp;
The lens of a camera captures the light from the subject and brings it to a focus on the sensor. The design and manufacture of the lens is critical to the quality of the photograph being taken. The technological revolution in camera design in the 19th century revolutionized optical glass manufacture and lens design with great benefits for modern lens manufacture in a wide range of optical instruments from reading glasses to microscopes. Pioneers included Zeiss and Leitz.
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US Patent 4,131,919: Electronic still camera by Gareth A. Lloyd, Steven J. Sasson, Eastman Kodak Company, December 26, 1978. The very first CCD-based digital camera, patented by Kodak back in the 1970s.
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.
In photography, the single-lens reflex camera (SLR) is provided with a mirror to redirect light from the picture taking lens to the viewfinder prior to releasing the shutter for composing and focusing an image. When the shutter is released, the mirror swings up and away allowing the exposure of the photographic medium and instantly returns after the exposure. No SLR camera before 1954 had this feature, although the mirror on some early SLR cameras was entirely operated by the force exerted on the shutter release and only returned when the finger pressure was released. The Asahiflex II, released by Japanese company Asahi (Pentax) in 1954, was the world’s first SLR camera with an instant return mirror.
Image capture is only part of the image forming process. Regardless of material, some process must be employed to render the latent image captured by the camera into a viewable image. With slide film, the developed film is just mounted for projection. Print film requires the developed film negative to be printed onto photographic paper or transparency. Prior to the advent of laser jet and inkjet printers, celluloid photographic negative images had to be mounted in an enlarger which projected the image onto a sheet of light-sensitive paper for a certain length of time (usually measured in seconds or fractions of a second). This sheet then was soaked in a chemical bath of developer (to bring out the image) followed immediately by a stop bath (to neutralize the progression of development and prevent the image from changing further once exposed to normal light). After this, the paper was hung until dry enough to safely handle. This post-production process allowed the photographer to further manipulate the final image beyond what had already been captured on the negative, adjusting the length of time the image was projected by the enlarger and the duration of both chemical baths to change the image’s intensity, darkness, clarity, etc. This process is still employed by both amateur and professional photographers, but the advent of digital imagery means that the vast majority of modern photographic work is captured digitally and rendered via printing processes that are no longer dependent on chemical reactions to light. Such digital images may be uploaded to an image server (e.g., a photo-sharing website), viewed on a television, or transferred to a computer or digital photo frame. Every type can then be produced as a hard copy on regular paper or photographic paper via a printer.
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.
Due to the optical properties of photographic lenses, only objects within a limited range of distances from the camera will be reproduced clearly. The process of adjusting this range is known as changing the camera’s focus. There are various ways of focusing a camera accurately. The simplest cameras have fixed focus and use a small aperture and wide-angle lens to ensure that everything within a certain range of distance from the lens, usually around 3 metres (10 ft) to infinity, is in reasonable focus. Fixed focus cameras are usually inexpensive types, such as single-use cameras. The camera can also have a limited focusing range or scale-focus that is indicated on the camera body. The user will guess or calculate the distance to the subject and adjust the focus accordingly. On some cameras this is indicated by symbols (head-and-shoulders; two people standing upright; one tree; mountains).
Shutter speed Adjustment of the speed (often expressed either as fractions of seconds or as an angle, with mechanical shutters) of the shutter to control the amount of time during which the imaging medium is exposed to light for each exposure. Shutter speed may be used to control the amount of light striking the image plane; ‘faster’ shutter speeds (that is, those of shorter duration) decrease both the amount of light and the amount of image blurring from motion of the subject or camera. The slower shutter speeds allow for long exposure shots that are done used to photograph images in very low light including the images of the night sky.
We’re starting to see longer zooms in this category, but with narrower aperture and lenses that top out at 10x coverage (25-250mm). A narrow aperture isn’t as good for low light as models with short zooms and big f-stops, but is a better choice for travel, when you want a pocket camera with an ample zoom range. The 1-inch sensor size typically nets solid image quality through ISO 3200, and even to ISO 6400 if you opt to shoot in Raw format, so use in dim light is still possible.
A DSLT uses a fixed translucent mirror instead of a moving reflex mirror as in DSLR. A translucent mirror or transmissive mirror or semi-transparent mirror is a mirror which reflects the light to two things at the same time. It reflects it along the path to a pentaprism/pentamirror which then goes to an optical view finder (OVF) as is done with a reflex mirror in DSLR cameras. The translucent mirror also sends light along a second path to the sensor. The total amount of light is not changed, just some of the light travels one path and some of it travels the other. The consequences are that DSLT cameras should shoot a half stop differently from DSL. One advantage of using a DSLT camera is the blind moments a DSLR user experiences while the reflecting mirror is moved to send the light to the sensor instead of the viewfinder do not exist for DSLT cameras. Because there is no time at which light is not traveling along both paths, DSLT cameras get the benefit of continuous auto-focus tracking. This is especially beneficial for burst mode shooting in low-light conditions and also for tracking when taking video.
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. 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.
I didn’t do a good job with my last question. I already own the computer, I’m actually looking for SOFTWARE recommendations that would be easy to use, etc. Most of the ones I’ve seen that are “free”, really aren’t. I don’t mind paying a little, but this is just a fun thing. I’m not looking to become a pro or do this for a living. ? Thanks again.
If you’re buying your first DSLR, it makes sense to buy it as a kit, which generally includes the camera body along with an 18-55mm lens. Often referred to as a ‘kit’ lens, this covers a pretty broad zoom range, perfect for everything from landscapes to portraits, but that’s just the start.
Short answer: you might. Two issues that might affect your results are the shutter speed of a video camera is generally in the 1/30 range — as you know too slow for birds in flight. The other is “scan lines” as video writes images on line at a time — interlacing. This can be combated somewhat by shooting progressive, I have found even that was difficult to generate decent stills. (Source: I was a newspaper photographer with the task of getting decent stills from the HD video we shot. Never did get them.)
Obviously, the more features you want, the more you’ll pay, but do you actually need them? Our top camera is one of the cheapest on the market, but still offers impressive performance and image quality, plus enough features to handle most assignments, especially if you’re still learning.
The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman, who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889. His first camera, which he called the “Kodak,” was first offered for sale in 1888. It was a very simple box camera with a fixed-focus lens and single shutter speed, which along with its relatively low price appealed to the average consumer. The Kodak came pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures and needed to be sent back to the factory for processing and reloading when the roll was finished. By the end of the 19th century Eastman had expanded his lineup to several models including both box and folding cameras.
For anyone who wants to capture better quality and more useful video of their family and friends, the way to go is the $600 Panasonic HC-V770K. Its 20x zoom, top-of-the-line stabilization, excellent sharpness, and deep, saturated colors put it not just miles beyond a smartphone, but also beyond other camcorders. Regardless if you’re recording in a dimly-lit auditorium, at a frantic birthday party, or across a sports field, the V770K will snag bright colors and steady footage, even in low lights. It also has extensive manual controls for if you want to take of the training wheels, and while bigger than some of the competition, is still small and light enough to use for an extended day of shooting.
Once you’ve collected your favorite images, you might want to retouch, manipulate or totally transform them with the latest photo editing software. Choose the right software, and you’ll be able to brighten colors, sharpen edges, organize your photos, and join online communities to get feedback from other photographers.
Tony’s link to our guide on SD cards is definitely the best place to start as to what card to buy! But as to how big? It depends a lot on how you set up your shooting, because the file quality can really change how much you can record. If you have a 64GB card, that can hold between 5 hours 20 minutes at the highest quality, all the way to 27 hours, 30 minutes at the lowest. According to the manual, the V770 defaults to AVCHD format at HG quality—which means a 64GB card will hold 11 hours of footage.
Other digital consumer camcorders record in DV or HDV format on tape, transferring content over FireWire or USB 2.0 to a computer where large files (for DV, 1GB for 4 to 4.6 minutes in PAL/NTSC resolutions) can be edited, converted and recorded back to tape. The transfer is done in real time, so the transfer of a 60-minute tape requires one hour to transfer and about 13GB of disk space for the raw footage (plus space for rendered files and other media).
Both the Panasonic and the Canon did well in this test, making the most of the available light in full auto mode without boosting the signal too much, with the Panasonic producing the cleanest footage overall. If a video camera amplifies the signal too much, the video becomes noisy and grainy. The Sony didn’t fare so well, producing video that was bright, but distinctly noisy, with a visible and off-putting grain in the footage. Enabling the low-light setting made the video brighter, but also made the noise much more visible.
And the long zoom also means that once they grow up, you can record their onstage or sporting debut from a distance away. So if you want to record all the major events of a childhood and want a device where you can see your child bright and clear, regardless if they’re across the room or the other end of a sporting field, a video camera is the way to go.
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.
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.