Thank you! That is exactly what i wanted to know, but couldn’t find. With the Panasonic, is the video high enough res that it will look ok if projected? Really i just put videos together for fun, but I do love trying new technology and having it look good! I looked at some of the higher end cameras, but didn’t know if this hobby is worth it to spend that much money on one. : )
At the opposite end of the spectrum to some of the full-frame DSLRs here, the D3400 is cheap as chips, has one of the sharpest APS-C sensors there is and a neat retracting kit lens. It’s proof that you don’t have to pay a fortune to get a great camera, and we say its sheer value for money makes it just as impressive as much more advanced (and much more expensive) alternatives. It has a great 24MP sensor and although the controls are designed to be simple for novices, in the right hands the little D3400 is a match for cameras costing far more. A great DSLR for the first-time user.
Great quality captures, how far out is that building ? that seems further than what I’d be aiming at. My suspicion still remains if the camera will focus fast enough on the descending ball vs stationary buildings, scenery… thanks for the pics! The 850 is this years model of the 750 ?
Camera lenses are made in a wide range of focal lengths. They range from extreme wide angle, and standard, medium telephoto. Each lens is best suited to a certain type of photography. The extreme wide angle may be preferred for architecture because it has the capacity to capture a wide view of a building. The normal lens, because it often has a wide aperture, is often used for street and documentary photography. The telephoto lens is useful for sports and wildlife but it is more susceptible to camera shake.
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hello, where can one rent cameras from? Im only working with my iphone right now (dont judge) lol, and am looking into getting a solid beginners camera. I like to shoot outdoors stuff. Right now I am in Hawaii so, beaches and mountains. Eventually I would like to shoot the nite sky as well as people. Can you help me out. There is so much information with so many words that I have not a clue what they mean. I would greatly appreciate it…
Cameras with digital image sensors that are smaller than the typical 35mm film size have a smaller field or angle of view when used with a lens of the same focal length. This is because angle of view is a function of both focal length and the sensor or film size used.
Of the three models that we spent hands on time with, it was the Sony HDR-CX330 that came last. It produced decent quality video and was smaller and lighter than the Canon and Panasonic models, but the joystick control was awkward to use, the video stabilization was not as effective, and the audio quality wasn’t as good as the other models.
What can $40 get you these days? A good bottle of wine, a great entrée, movie tickets for three, and most of a tank of gas, right? Add to that list a digital camera, and one that’s surprisingly not bad, really. The Aberg Best ABcam 218 is super simple, without optical-zoom capability, no appreciable control over its focus or light sensitivity settings, and with middling battery life. But its 21-megapixel resolution and rock-bottom price tag still make this a good camera for anyone on a tight budget, or for those who know they’ll rarely use a digital camera anyway, but like the idea of having one on hand. Its simple design and operation makes this unit a good choice for seniors not well acquainted with camera technology, or for kids who don’t need lots of bells and whistles.
White balance On digital cameras, electronic compensation for the color temperature associated with a given set of lighting conditions, ensuring that white light is registered as such on the imaging chip and therefore that the colors in the frame will appear natural. On mechanical, film-based cameras, this function is served by the operator’s choice of film stock or with color correction filters. In addition to using white balance to register natural coloration of the image, photographers may employ white balance to aesthetic end, for example, white balancing to a blue object in order to obtain a warm color temperature.
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. ?
Camcorders are often classified by their storage device; VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Video8 are examples of late 20th century videotape-based camcorders which record video in analog form. Digital video camcorder formats include Digital8, MiniDV, DVD, hard disk drive, direct to disk recording and solid-state, semiconductor flash memory. While all these formats record video in digital form, Digital8, MiniDV, DVD and hard-disk drives have no longer been manufactured in consumer camcorders since 2006.
2) Get a good camcorder like the Panasonic HC-V770 HD and then separate equipment for audio. This option can be way more expensive (which i wouldnt be able to do now) but gives me the possibility to have better equipment for a long time. On the other hand this would not be so portable or zero portable.
In 2011, Sony launched its HDR-PJ range of HD camcorders: the HDR-PJ10, 30 and 50. Known as Handycams, they were the first camcorders to incorporate a small image projector on the side of the unit. This feature allows a group of viewers to watch video without a television, a full-size projector or a computer. These camcorders were a huge success and Sony subsequently released further models in this range. Sony’s current 2014 line up comprises the HDR-PJ240, HDR-PJ330 (entry level models), HDR-PJ530 (mid-range model) and the HDR-PJ810 (top of the range). Specifications vary by model.
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.
Regarding audio setup, I’ve Zoom H4N, Shure SM7B, EV RE-20, Heil PR-40, so shall I use something else? or connect one of this microphone to preamp? or video would be better if I am using shotgun microphone or clip/neck microphone?
It’s just been replaced by the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D (above), but that does mean that the EOS Rebel T6 (known as the EOS 1300D outside the US) should now be even cheaper. In many ways the specification is very similar to the newer camera, with the key difference being the Rebel T6 features a 18MP sensor, which compared to rivals, is starting to show its age against rivals with higher pixel counts. Canon’s just announced its replacement, the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D, so you might be able to track this down at an even more tempting price before it disappears for good.
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16.1MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Screen type: 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,370,000 dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8.6fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner/enthusiast
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.
On November 17, 2006, during a performance at the Laugh Factory comedy club, comedian Michael Richards was recorded responding to hecklers with racial slurs by a member of the audience using a camera phone. The video was widely circulated in television and internet news broadcasts.
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.
Other cameras use wireless connections, via Bluetooth or IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, such as the Kodak EasyShare One. Wi-Fi integrated Memory cards (SDHC, SDXC) can transmit stored images, video and other files to computers or smartphones. Mobile operating systems such as Android allow automatic upload and backup or sharing of images over Wi-Fi to photo sharing and cloud services.
SLR is an abbreviation for Single Lens Reflex. What this means is that composition of the scene, focusing, and actually recording the image are all done trough the same lens. The word reflex relates to the way a mirror is used to view the scene and focus it through the viewfinder or a focusing arrray and the way it is flipped up out of the way fractions of a second before the image is recorded. An SLR may use either film or a digital sensor as the recording medium.
There are also a number of add-on camera modules for smartphones called lens-style cameras (lens camera). They contain all components of a digital camera in a module, but lack a viewfinder, display and most of the controls. Instead they can be mounted to a smartphone and use its display and controls. Lens-style cameras include:
Yup, Tim is right. We can’t make assumptions about performance between models when major components (such as the sensor) differ. It is also worth remembering that all of the models we tested produced good quality video: we only saw major differences when looking at the more extreme uses (low light, etc).
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.
Cherish received a BFA in Cinematography from the Academy of Art University. She has gone on to work as a freelance 1st camera assistant under award-winning directors of photography and continues to crew on high production films and commercials.
Need some help to decide between an action camera, video camera, or other — I enjoy recording video of my son’s hockey games, and then producing an after season highlight video for the parents. I have been using 2 action cameras at each end of the rink, but I would like to move to a better ‘follow-the-puck’ model, as well as get the front of the goal instead of the back all the time. However, I want to actually watch as the game is live (meaning, I don’t want to have to worry about the camera or look through the view finder all the time). Any recommendations from the experts out there? Thanks in advance
Since I was one of the whiners about how outdated the old review was, I’m happy to get to be the first to say thank-you for this review. I’ve been struggling to decide what to do to video my son’s soccer and football games (trying to get offers from college now seems to entail a lot of sending highlight videos to target schools). That means low light, long zooms, but NOT long duration. Was looking at your super zoom point and shoot suggestion as well as buying a used, older prosumer 3CCD, 12X zoom MiniDV (which should have great focus and light sensitivity, but significantly lower resolution as HD 3CCDs are still pretty spendy). The low price of the Canon seems to make it a no-brainer.
If you want a camera that’s easy to use, tough enough to be tossed in your purse, backpack, or glove box, and that takes good pictures, too, then the Nikon CoolPix A900 Digital Camera is your go-to choice. I’ve owned three variations of this camera and each was my go-to for the casual photography that comes with nights out at bars or concerts, day hikes, trips to the zoo or beach, and so on. If I hadn’t dropped my first CoolPix camera in a stream in L.A.’s Griffith Park and dropped the second on Constitution Avenue in downtown D.C., I would likely still be using the first one I ever bought. It’s a testament to the quality of these cameras that I keep coming back to them, and a testament to my own bad luck when it comes to my accidental destruction of cameras. The compact, rectangular Nikon CoolPix A900 slips into a small bag or even into your pocket, yet the lens extends far enough out for an impressive 35x optical zoom. Paired with a 20-megapixel sensor, that zoom capability allows for great shots snapped from near or far.
Digital cameras utilize either proprietary or standard consumer batteries. As of March 2014, most cameras use proprietary lithium-ion batteries while some use standard AA batteries or primarily use a proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack but have an optional AA battery holder available.
DSLRs have another big advantage over point-and-shoots—speed. The time that it takes between hitting the shutter button and the camera capturing a picture, referred to as shutter lag, and the wait time between taking photos—recycle time—are often concerns with compact cameras. DSLRs generally focus very quickly and deliver shutter lag that is nearly immeasurable.
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.
There are also premium bridge models with larger 1-inch sensors and shorter zooms. They still have a considerable size advantage over SLRs with comparable zooms—just think about carryin an interchangebale lens camera and two or three lenses to cover a 24-200mm, 24-400mm, or 24-600mm coverage range. They tend to be more expensive than an SLR, and certainly more than bridge models with smaller sensors, but do better at higher ISO settings and sport lenses that gather more light. If you put a premium on a lightweight camera, and want the versatility that a long zoom design delivers, look at a bridge model with a 1-inch sensor. Just be prepared to pay a premium.
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.
Steven Sasson, an engineer at Eastman Kodak, invented and built the first self-contained electronic camera that used a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975. Early uses were mainly military and scientific; followed by medical and news applications.
Kit lens. One of the ways to cut down the cost of a DSLR setup is to look for a “kit” which will come with a lens and body. This can be a great way to save money when you’re first getting started. While many kit lenses (with some notable exceptions) are fairly low level, they are a cost-effective way for beginning photographers to get their gear at a good price — and if you decide to upgrade to better lenses you can always sell your kit lens down the road.