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:
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 D610 sits in the comfortable middle ground between the entry-level full frame DSLRs and super high end options like Canon’s 5D Mark III and Nikon’s D810 — and it even has some advantages (like faster burst rate) over some of its higher-priced siblings. Beginners will love that the D610 provides a way to get into full frame professional-level DSLR photography without spending a lot of money to do it. The D610 is the perfect camera for an enthusiastic beginner to buy with the hopes of growing into.
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.
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.
The resolution of a digital camera is often limited by the image sensor that turns light into discrete signals. The brighter the image at a given point on the sensor, the larger the value that is read for that pixel. Depending on the physical structure of the sensor, a color filter array may be used, which requires demosaicing to recreate a full-color image. The number of pixels in the sensor determines the camera’s “pixel count”. In a typical sensor, the pixel count is the product of the number of rows and the number of columns. For example, a 1,000 by 1,000 pixel sensor would have 1,000,000 pixels, or 1 megapixel.
Camcorders can be broken out into two main groups: action camcorders, and traditional or professional camcorders. To decide which is right for you, consider where you most want to shoot footage. If you’re constantly on the go or taking shots of your latest adventure vacation, you’ll want a wearable, waterproof and easy-to-use action cam. Choose one with remote control features if you’re really into action photography. However, if you tend to shoot footage of sporting events or school concerts, you’ll want to make sure you have the zoom capability found in traditional camcorders.
This isn’t quite the end of the process, however. When the film is full, you have to take it to a drugstore (chemist’s) to have it developed. Usually, this involves placing the film into a huge automated developing machine. The machine opens up the film container, pulls out the film, and dips it in various other chemicals to make your photos appear. This process turns the film into a series of “negative” pictures—ghostly reverse versions of what you actually saw. In a negative, the black areas look light and vice-versa and all the colors look weird too because the negative stores them as their opposites. Once the machine has made the negatives, it uses them to make prints (finished versions) of your photos.
Want speed and top-notch images, but don’t want to haul a heavy DSLR? You may also want to consider a mirrorless camera, like the aforementioned Sony Alpha 6000. It uses an APS-C sensor, just like an entry-level SLR, has a built-in EVF, and can shoot at 11 fames per second. It delivers image quality that’s better than some SLRs in a more compact package.
Nearly all camera phones use CMOS image sensors, due to largely reduced power consumption compared to CCD type cameras, which are also used, but in few camera phones. Some of camera phones even use more expensive Backside Illuminated CMOS which uses energy lesser than CMOS, although more expensive than CMOS and CCD.
I just emailed you, and because you are so thorough and reliable (really!) I thought I’d ask you why Sony HD R780 seems to have gone out of circulation. Is there any similar product that you’d recomend, t6ghat’s as good but not as expensive?
DV (1995): Initially developed by Sony, the DV standard became the most widespread standard-definition digital camcorder technology for the next decade. The DV format was the first to make capturing footage for video editing possible without special hardware, using the 4- or 6-pin Firewire sockets common on computers at the time.
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?
Aspiring adventure and travel photographers will love the X-T10’s array of features and tiny size. Released in 2015, this 16.3 megapixel mirrorless camera has a burst rate of 8 FPS and records video at 1080p. Like the Sony a58, this camera has a tilting screen, not a fully articulating one, which makes it a less than ideal option for those who want to do video — but if you are looking for a small camera that excels at photography, the X-T10 is an excellent choice.
When using lenses designed for full-frame (FX) cameras on DX cameras, the lenses are magnified by 1.5x, making them useful for shooting distant subjects and sports. On an FX-format camera with a DX lens mounted, the camera will automatically engage its built–in DX crop mode, thus recording an image only from the center section of the sensor.
This came out just a few months ago and has some pretty sweet features including wifi which means you can transfer photos from your camera wirelessly on the move. Nikon also have a pretty new camera around the $500 mark called the D3400, it’s a lovely little camera and can shoot at around 5 frames per second. If you want to have a flip screen, I’d look at either the Canon T6i or T6s. They’ve also got fantastic autofocus as well.
The size of the aperture and the brightness of the scene controls the amount of light that enters the camera during a period of time, and the shutter controls the length of time that the light hits the recording surface. Equivalent exposures can be made using a large aperture size with a fast shutter speed and a small aperture with a slow shutter.
A tapeless camcorder is a camcorder that does not use video tape for the digital recording of video productions as 20th century ones did. Tapeless camcorders record video as digital computer files onto data storage devices such as optical discs, hard disk drives and solid-state flash memory cards.
For our hands on testing in 2014, we were left with three contenders: the $310 Canon Vixia HF R500, the $600 Panasonic HC-V750K and the $290 Sony Handycam HDR-CX330. We borrowed or bought these models to put through a series of tests. Since then, both Canon and Panasonic have replaced these units with newer ones, but that are all but identical from what we can tell, except for maybe some minor new shooting settings and a new model number. The Canon Vixia HF R500 was replaced with the Canon VIXIA HF R600, the Panasonic HC-V770K followed the V750K. Both of these models have the same sensor and internals as their predecessors, so we’re comfortable basing their performance on older models.
Unfortunately, we don’t have that available for sharing with our readers. Your best bet might be just to pick up the camcorder and try it for a few days, and then return it if it’s not compatible with how you want to shoot. Alternatively, if you can find a store near you that has it in stock, you might be able to convince them to let you record to your own memory card and take the footage home for editing.
Hi, Could you please recommend a camcorder to record gymnastics competitions? I normally “tape” my son from the bleachers using my NIkon D3100 camera and a tripod. Because the “target” is between 20 and 100 feet away depending on the location of the different events (rings, floor, pommel horse, p-bars & vault) I need to keep switching between my standard lens and a 70-300 mm. The quality I am getting is decent, but I think a camcorder should give me better results.
The main difference between the W850 and the V750 is the addition of the back-facing “selfie” camera on the W850. Otherwise, I think they are mostly identical. The X920 uses a different image capture system, with three separate sensors that capture red, green and blue. This generally means better quality and more color detail.
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.
Many cameras, especially high-end ones, support a raw image format. A raw image is the unprocessed set of pixel data directly from the camera’s sensor, often saved in a proprietary format. Adobe Systems has released the DNG format, a royalty-free raw image format used by at least 10 camera manufacturers.
While most digital cameras with interchangeable lenses feature a lens-mount of some kind, there are also a number of modular cameras, where the shutter and sensor are incorporated into the lens module.
With a body that’s comfortable enough to hold for hours and zoom, video quality, stabilization, and audio miles beyond a smartphone or DSLR, the Panasonic HC-V770K is the camera for those looking to step up their home video game.
I teach college accounting online and like to make videos for my students. I have an older model video camera but the resolution is not very good and students have asked me to get a better one that shows the whiteboard more clearly. I like this review and would like your opinion before I make a purchase. On teacher’s pay I can’t afford a high-end professional camcorder. Do you think this one would be a good choice for my needs? Or a lower priced unit that would give comparable results. Thanks for any guidance you can provide.
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.
This powerful little camera is made for more than just adventure. It’s small, rugged enough to go anywhere, and able to take 4K video. GoPros also come with special features like adjustable frames per second, slow motion capture, and the ability to change the frame width. These cameras are excellent for vloggers who are constantly on the go. If you are an adventure or travel vlogger who wants to take videos without worrying about busting your gear, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver is a great choice for you.
This isn’t something we directly looked at, so I can’t speak to with full certainty. I believe that you can monitor the output over HDMI while recording to SD card, but it won’t be a clean video feed out, it’ll probably show a duplicate of what’s on the touch screen of the Panasonic.
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.
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.
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.
Raw files initially had to be processed in specialized image editing programs, but over time many mainstream editing programs, such as Google’s Picasa, have added support for raw images. Rendering to standard images from raw sensor data allows more flexibility in making major adjustments without losing image quality or retaking the picture.
Special uses of video cameras include systems that capture images at the finish line to time races and sporting events. Some toll roads use video cameras to make pictures of the license plate of any car that fails to pay tolls. Computers then identify the drivers and mail enforcement letters to collect the missed tolls.
Panasonic launched DVCPRO HD in 2000, expanding the DV codec to support high definition (HD). The format was intended for professional camcorders, and used full-size DVCPRO cassettes. In 2003 Sony, JVC, Canon and Sharp introduced HDV as the first affordable HD video format, due to its use of inexpensive MiniDV cassettes.
Mirrorless cameras have become quite popular in recent years for casual hobbyists, advanced amateurs and others serious about photography who don’t require a professional digital camera. These cameras have many features in common with DSLR cameras, but are smaller, lighter, less bulky, and without the mirror. They can also be used with separate mirrorless lenses. Point and shoot cameras are all about ease of use. They’re more compact than the other two types, they’re lighter and easier to carry, and they’re more affordable. They have permanently attached lenses, so they don’t allow manual control of key settings like shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
That’s not to say that the Canon or Sony were bad, though. Both produced acceptable video that had smooth motion and good color, although the Sony did have a noticeable loss of detail some of our tests; subtle motion such as moving leaves and shimmering water wasn’t captured well, often turning into a blurry mess.
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)
Common values for field of view crop in DSLRs using active pixel sensors include 1.3x for some Canon (APS-H) sensors, 1.5x for Sony APS-C sensors used by Nikon, Pentax and Konica Minolta and for Fujifilm sensors, 1.6 (APS-C) for most Canon sensors, ~1.7x for Sigma’s Foveon sensors and 2x for Kodak and Panasonic 4/3-inch sensors currently used by Olympus and Panasonic. Crop factors for non-SLR consumer compact and bridge cameras are larger, frequently 4x or more.
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.
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