The introduction of films enabled the existing designs for plate cameras to be made much smaller and for the base-plate to be hinged so that it could be folded up compressing the bellows. These designs were very compact and small models were dubbed vest pocket cameras. Folding rollfilm cameras were preceded by folding plate cameras, more compact than other designs.
Many industrial applications require a wide field of view. Traditionally maintaining consistent light over large 2D areas is quite difficult. With a line scan camera all that is necessary is to provide even illumination across the “line” currently being viewed by the camera. This makes possible sharp pictures of objects that pass the camera at high speed.
When DSLRs had around 6 MP people would argue which one captures more details but I have not seen anyone argue about it anymore. Of course, with a film camera, it depends on the film used and the resolution is actually not a uniform grid, so highlights get more resolution and shadows less.
There are some rough edges, though. The daylight video had flatter colors and less detail compared to the Panasonic. When in low light, the gap between the two widened: the Canon’s footage was downright dull, with significant noise and obscured details. The Canon does have a low-light scene mode that improves sharpness somewhat at the cost of a slow shutter speed. This leads to blurry motion: pan the camera, and the entire scene becomes a smeared mess. While worse than the Panasonic, the Canon did outperformed the Sony HDR-CX330, which had even more visible and distracting noise, as well as an inferior stabilization system that lead to footage that looked less natural.
The Leica CL might be forgiven some of its oddities and omissions at a lower price. But if you’ve been waiting for a Leica mirrorless that looks like a traditional Leica and consider its quirks part of the experience, then go forth and spend.
The very large sensor these backs use leads to enormous image sizes. For example, Phase One’s P45 39 MP image back creates a single TIFF image of size up to 224.6 MB, and even greater pixel counts are available. Medium format digitals such as this are geared more towards studio and portrait photography than their smaller DSLR counterparts; the ISO speed in particular tends to have a maximum of 400, versus 6400 for some DSLR cameras. (Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S have ISO 12800 plus Hi-3 ISO 102400 with the Canon EOS-1Dx’s ISO of 204800)
Although the idea for a digital camera originated in 1961, the technology to create one didn’t exist. The first digital camera was invented in 1975 by Steven Sasson, an engineer at Eastman Kodak. It primarily used a charged-coupled device, a type of image sensor, but originally used a camera tube for image capture. That functionality was later digitized by Kodak. The first digital cameras were used by the military and for scientific purposes. Medical businesses and News reporting companies began to use digital cameras a few years later.
The first permanent photograph of a camera image was made in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris. Niépce had been experimenting with ways to fix the images of a camera obscura since 1816. The photograph Niépce succeeded in creating shows the view from his window. It was made using an 8-hour exposure on pewter coated with bitumen. Niépce called his process “heliography”. Niépce corresponded with the inventor Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, and the pair entered into a partnership to improve the heliographic process. Niépce had experimented further with other chemicals, to improve contrast in his heliographs. Daguerre contributed an improved camera obscura design, but the partnership ended when Niépce died in 1833. Daguerre succeeded in developing a high-contrast and extremely sharp image by exposing on a plate coated with silver iodide, and exposing this plate again to mercury vapor. By 1837, he was able to fix the images with a common salt solution. He called this process Daguerreotype, and tried unsuccessfully for a couple years to commercialize it. Eventually, with help of the scientist and politician François Arago, the French government acquired Daguerre’s process for public release. In exchange, pensions were provided to Daguerre as well as Niépce’s son, Isidore.
The crop factor is relative to the 35mm film format. If a smaller sensor is used, as in most digicams, the field of view is cropped by the sensor to smaller than the 35mm full-frame format’s field of view. This narrowing of the field of view may be described as crop factor, a factor by which a longer focal length lens would be needed to get the same field of view on a 35mm film camera. Full-frame digital SLRs utilize a sensor of the same size as a frame of 35mm film.
Sony released the first consumer camcorder in 1983, the Betamovie BMC-100P. It used a Betamax cassette and rested on the operator’s shoulder, due to a design not permitting a single-handed grip. That year, JVC released the first VHS-C camcorder. Kodak announced a new camcorder format in 1984, the 8 mm video format. Sony introduced its compact 8 mm Video8 format in 1985. That year, Panasonic, RCA and Hitachi began producing camcorders using a full-size VHS cassette with a three-hour capacity. These shoulder-mount camcorders were used by videophiles, industrial videographers and college TV studios. Full-size Super-VHS (S-VHS) camcorders were released in 1987, providing an inexpensive way to collect news segments or other videographies. Sony upgraded Video8, releasing the Hi8 in competition with S-VHS.
Inexpensive pocket video cameras use flash memory cards, while some more expensive camcorders use solid-state drives or SSD; similar flash technology is used on semi-pro and high-end professional video cameras for ultrafast transfer of high-definition television (HDTV) content.
Better video quality: Footage from your phone can look great on a small screen. But be aware that the same footage might look degraded on a bigger screen. That’s where an HD video camera comes in. They’re designed to shoot larger, high-quality video for bigger screens.
Consider all the ways you use your camera or camcorder. Whether you plan to travel in remote areas, set up in unique locations, or find beauty in your own backyard, you need camera accessories that will help you capture the best possible pictures. Choose from lenses, tripods, chargers, camera bags and more to enhance your photography. A camera bag can help you protect your investment and look stylish at the same time. A memory card with plenty of storage can help you to organize the images you want to keep. Select a package deal from Best Buy to get a memory card, camera bag or additional lens bundled with your camera.
Thanks again, the 30 min. is the problem with a compact camera and I can’t take pics while filming. The only compact camera that does that is the Olympus MR25. Or, do you know about any compact camera that can film and shoot pics in high resolution with flash? (sorry for my bad English)
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.
Flexibility. You probably already have an idea of what you want to shoot but keep in mind that your photographic interests may expand once you see what your new camera can do. So don’t limit yourself. Look for features that will allow your camera to be used in the widest array of situations possible. You’ll want to be sure that you’re investing in a body that supports all the lenses you think you might want to use, has good low light capabilities, and allows for things like manual shooting and off-camera flash. Because you just never know where your photography might take you.
Wi-Fi capabilities: Camcorders that have Wi-Fi capabilities allow you to connect the camera to your tablet or smartphone. Wi-Fi also allows you to use your smartphone as a remote for action shots or for shooting wildlife.
Affordable SLRs top out at 1080p, but a few high-end models have added 4K capture. We expect to see it appear more often in the future. Right now you’re going to spend at least $1,000 to get an SLR with 4K video support.
Thanks for the quick reply!! I think i’m gonna go the vidcam route. Let my wife man the DSLR, I’ll do the video. My guess is that the difficulty of using the DLSR (ergo as well as accessing the functions during filming) would end up making the DSLR videos worse in terms of cinematics, even though the images might be higher quality…i.e., i’ll get high quality video that’s not shot very well…and i’m guessing that the delta between image quality isn’t great, particularly when viewed from my amateur eyes. ?
You may scratch your head when you see pocket cameras with fixed lenses selling for anywhere from $400 to $1,000. After all, you can get an interchangeable lens model for the same price. But these slim, premium shooters target a very specific market—photographers who already own a mirrorless camera or SLR and a bunch of lenses, but want something small as an alternative option.
Video-capture capability is not confined to camcorders. Cellphones, digital single-lens reflex and compact digicams, laptops and personal media players offer video-capture capability, but most multipurpose devices offer less video-capture functionality than an equivalent camcorder. Most lack manual adjustments, audio input, autofocus and zoom. Few capture in standard TV-video formats (480p60, 720p60, 1080i30), recording in either non-TV resolutions (320×240, 640×480) or slower frame rates (15 or 30 fps).
Consider the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX IF-ED Lens (https://www.borrowlenses.com/product/Nikon_17-55mm_f2.8_AF-S_ED_DX). It has a fast maximum aperture and a nice middle-area zoom range for crop sensor format.
The frames are later played back in a ciné projector at a specific speed, called the “frame rate” (number of frames per second). While viewing, a person’s eyes and brain merge the separate pictures to create the illusion of motion. The first ciné camera was built around 1888 and by 1890 several types were being manufactured. The standard film size for ciné cameras was quickly established as 35mm film and this remained in use until transition to digital cinematography. Other professional standard formats include 70 mm film and 16mm film whilst amateurs film makers used 9.5 mm film, 8mm film or Standard 8 and Super 8 before the move into digital format.
Do you have any thoughts on the $100-$150 Chinese knock-offs? They even come with an external mic that some reviews say is surprisingly good. I would like to film more than a week, but I don’t know yet if this is something I will keep doing or if I will discover it’s too much hassle, so I don’t want to spend too much on a camera, but my phone is just an LG Stylo 2 ($240 new), so I don’t think the video or sound quality will be good enough from that.
I lost my camera also yesterday. I was trying to avoid an update because I was busy at the moment. I realized later my camera icon was missing. I have tried unrestricting it, looked for hidden icons and reset the homepage but nothing worked.
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.
Really sorry to hear you had such a bad time with the Panasonic. Out of curiosity, when you say “white balance issues” what do you mean? Typically, that term means that the camera is guessing what the light source is in a scene incorrectly, and so the whole video comes out with a weird orange or blue color cast. But you also mentioned that the white was blown out, which to me sounds more like a metering problem—where white areas of frame are overexposed. Still an issue, but a very different root cause!
Camcorders often cover weddings, birthdays, graduations, children’s growth and other personal events. The rise of the consumer camcorder during the mid- to late 1980s led to the creation of TV shows such as America’s Funniest Home Videos, which showcases homemade video footage.
Video recording is now a standard feature in DSLRs. Look for one that continues to autofocus while recording. You should also check its autofocus speed when taking photos using live view, as that can often be very slow. Canon has made strides in improving focus speed when recording video with models that feature its Dual Pixel AF system, and Sony cameras focus just as quickly when recording video as they do when shooting stills. A microphone input jack is important if you plan on using the video function often—an external mic will capture much better sound than the camera’s built-in microphone.
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Camcorders, which combine a camera and a VCR or other recording device in one unit; these are mobile, and are widely used for television production, home movies, electronic news gathering (ENG) (including citizen journalism), and similar applications. Some digital ones are
We were able to cut the Canon R62, RF52, R60 and R50 based on them being all but identical to the R500 except costing more for having built-in storage, and in the case of the the latter two, Wi-Fi.When you can pick up a 32GB SD card for under $20, the $100 extra cost just doesn’t make sense: it is cheaper to buy the no-memory model and a handful of SD cards. This same logic also eliminated models like the now-discontinued $850 Sony HDR-PJ430V and HDR-CX290, and the HDR-PJ380, all of which had cheaper variants without built-in memory.
Also, we didn’t discuss sound, which is a big one, too – but start with the above. I don’t want to overwhelm you. If you want to jump into sound advice, check out: https://www.borrowlenses.com/blog/setting-up-microphones-for-professional-interviews-and-events/
You’ll get the back-and-forth effect with entry-level mirrorless models that rely entirely on contrast for focus. But it’s not as noticeable as you get with SLRs, and by the time you’ve moved up to a midrange price point—which is actually in line with the price of entry-level SLR models—you start to see on-sensor phase detection.
The Flip Video was a series of tapeless camcorders introduced by Pure Digital Technologies in 2006. Slightly larger than a smartphone, the Flip Video was a basic camcorder with record, zoom, playback and browse buttons and a USB jack for uploading video. The original models recorded at a 640×480-pixel resolution; later models featured HD recording at 1280×720 pixels. The Mino was a smaller Flip Video, with the same features as the standard model. The Mino was the smallest of all camcorders, slightly wider than a MiniDV cassette and smaller than most smartphones on the market. In fact the Mino was small enough to fit inside the shell of a VHS cassette. Later HD models featured larger screens. In 2011, the Flip Video (more recently manufactured by Cisco) was discontinued.