Digital cameras come in a wide range of sizes, prices and capabilities. In addition to general purpose digital cameras, specialized cameras including multispectral imaging equipment and astrographs are used for scientific, military, medical and other special purposes.
Unfortunately, none of those met our criteria for inclusion in this review. But in that price range, we did like the Canon R600, and it offers “1080/60p recording in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps)”
4K is the new kid on the camcorder block, which quadruples the resolution of HD video to produce a much higher resolution image at 4096 or 3840 pixels wide and 2160 tall. There are a few consumer models available that can shoot 4K video, like the $2,000 Sony FDR-AX100 and the $1,700 Panasonic DMC-GH4K mirrorless camera. However, we didn’t include these in our roundup for two simple reasons: they’re extremely expensive, and they aren’t practical for consumers. Shooting, editing and viewing 4K video requires a complete revamp of how you capture, edit and view video, including buying a faster computer to edit on and buying another TV or monitor to watch it with. That just isn’t practical for most home video makers at the moment, so we think that, until 4K becomes more mainstream, you should stick with HD models.
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.
Type: Action camera | Sensor: 1/2.3-inch type CMOS | Resolution: 12MP | Lens: wide-angle f/2.8 lens | Screen type: 2-inch touchscreen | Viewfinder: N/A | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner/intermediate
Sony has now introduced four versions of the camera (because Sony likes to make things complicated). There’s the Sony RX100, RX100 II, RX100 III, RX100 IV. Any of them are great, but roughly speaking get the RX100 (original) if you want to save money, and the RX100 III if you want to spend more. The RX100 IV is only worth it if you need 4K video or 1,000fps high speed capture.
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.
Those who like to tweak and twiddle settings: if you put the camera into manual mode, you can control features like focus, white balance, shutter speed, iris (aperture), and brightness using either the touch screen or the manual control dial on the front of the camera body. You definitely don’t need to use these, and you can leave your video camera on automatic if you want to keep it easy, but for those who want to learn more about manual controls, the option is there.
Other formats that are used in cameras (but not for pictures) are the Design Rule for Camera Format (DCF), an ISO specification, used in almost all camera since 1998, which defines an internal file structure and naming. Also used is the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), which dictates what order images are to be printed in and how many copies. The DCF 1998 defines a logical file system with 8.3 filenames and makes the usage of either FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 or exFAT mandatory for its physical layer in order to maximize platform interoperability.
Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a tiny vlogging powerhouse. Weighing in at just 10.5 ounces this camera is able to shoot 4K video at 30, 25, and 24 fps and at fps rates of up to 1,000. And it is small enough to fit in your pocket. This camera is a good option for vloggers who do a lot of their shooting away from the comfort of their own home and want a camera that is easy to take along for the ride.
hi l have a panasonic HDC-SD80 at moment which ive loved but is now playing up. I mainly record my sons. one plays football while the other surfs, therefore l require something that is good with fast movements and long zoom at least 40 plus. I find that while the one l have did the job it failed to recognize my sons facial expressions while riding surf or playing footy which l would love to have with this new one, can you suggest which one would suit my needs best thanks, regards Julie
It’s no secret that smartphones have seriously hurt the demand for entry-level point-and-shoot cameras. You can buy any number of sub-$100 no-name cameras at online retailers, but none are worth your money if already own a decent smartphone. But if you move up to the $100 to $200 bracket, you have some solid options from Canon and Nikon.
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.
A video camera is a camera used for electronic motion picture acquisition (as opposed to a movie camera, which records images on film), initially developed for the television industry but now common in other applications as well.
For a long time the premium models sported 1/1.7-inch class sensors, which offered modest advantages over the more common 1/2.3-inch type found in entry-level cameras and premium smartphones. Sony changed that in 2013 with its revolutionary RX100, which brought the 1-inch sensor class into the spotlight.
Resolution: A camcorder’s resolution indicates the number of pixels that are in the footage. The higher the resolution, the more clear or detailed the footage will be. Some digital camcorders offer 4K resolution, which is 4 times the resolution offered by Full HD.
All of the video cameras produced excellent quality video in bright light, recording full HD at 1080p. They capture 60 frames of video a second, which translates into smoother motion and cleaner looking footage. The Panasonic was by far the best looking of the lot, with deeper, more saturated colors and better detail than the competition. This was the case across the board in most of our tests: the video from the Panasonic looked more realistic, had more accurate color, and smoother motion.
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.
I too have been an avid Fitbit user. I’ve owned the Flex, Force, and Surge, but needed to return all of them, for various reasons. i want to get the Charge HR next, but there are known compatibility issues with devices running Android Lollipop, listed on Fitbit’s website. I just can’t bring myself to continue being loyal to Fitbit, if their devices continue to be troublesome…
For the formatting, my general understanding is that MP4 files tend to have a larger file size, but are usually much easier to edit/upload/share. AVCHD might be better quality, and should have smaller files, but will be much harder to edit or adjust.
While we performed our testing on last year’s V750K, the V770K is identical barring the smallest changes (like a new HDR mode, some wireless stuff, and a different HDMI port), and should provide an identical experience.
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.
Camcorders combine a camera and a VCR or other recording device in one unit; these are mobile, and were widely used for television production, home movies, electronic news gathering (ENG) (including citizen journalism), and similar applications. Since the transition to digital video cameras, most cameras have in-built recording media and as such are also camcorders. Action camera’s often have 360° recording capabilities.
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.
Before the 21st century, video editing required two recorders and a desktop video workstation to control them. A typical home personal computer can hold several hours of standard-definition video, and is fast enough to edit footage without additional upgrades. Most consumer camcorders are sold with basic video editing software, so users can create their own DVDs or share edited footage online.
Using a focal-plane shutter, exposing the whole film plane can take much longer than the exposure time. The exposure time does not depend on the time taken to make the exposure over all, only on the difference between the time a specific point on the film is uncovered and then covered up again. For example, an exposure of 1/1000 second may be achieved by the shutter curtains moving across the film plane in 1/50th of a second but with the two curtains only separated by 1/20th of the frame width. In fact in practice the curtains do not run at a constant speed as they would in an ideal design, obtaining an even exposure time depends mainly on being able to make the two curtains accelerate in a similar manner.
Finally, we built a simple rig to hold all three camcorders at once and went on a walking tour of Harvard University for direct, head-to-head testing. We did this because it is kind of educational and to see how well the camcorders coped with video taken in my shaky hands. The sample videos below are from this walking tour. The image stabilization system on a good video camera should be able to compensate for this motion, creating video that looks steady when your hands aren’t.
Video quality in bright light is one of the easiest tests for a camcorder to pass—when it’s sunny out, capturing detail sharply is a no brainer. But specifically, the Panasonic had deep, saturated colors and sharp detail, so that when you’re recording a birthday party, every color on the piñata will pop and every piece of crêpe paper can be made out.
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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.
With all that in mind, here are some cameras that work really well for beginners. These are all reasonably priced crop sensor cameras that offer lots of options for lenses and can grow with you as a photographer.
Cameras with integrated Wi-Fi or specific Wi-Fi adapters mostly allow camera control, especially shutter release, exposure control and more (tethering) from computer or smartphone apps additionally to the transfer of media data.
How frequently is “Amazon price” updated? Your site says that Panasonic HC-V750K costs 598$, whereas it is 690$ right now. Similarly, your site says 200$ for HF R500, and right now on Amazon it is 248$.
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner