hi..am looking for a handycam to shoot my kids, the important thing would be that the handycam should be good in low-light, has fast auto-focus + slow motion recording (though am not sure if I really need slow-motion option or not) + long zoom (would be helpful to shoot them from a distance).
The earliest video cameras were those of John Logie Baird, based on the mechanical Nipkow disk and used in experimental broadcasts through the 1918s-1930s. All-electronic designs based on the video camera tube, such as Vladimir Zworykin’s Iconoscope and Philo Farnsworth’s image dissector, supplanted the Baird system by the 1930s. These remained in wide use until the 1980s, when cameras based on solid-state image sensors such as CCDs (and later CMOS active pixel sensors) eliminated common problems with tube technologies such as image burn-in and made digital video workflow practical. The transition to digital TV gave a boost to digital video cameras and by the 2010s, most video cameras were digital.
I stumbled across your site when researching camcorders, and I’m just checking in to see if you expect to post an update in the next few weeks. We need to make this purchase for a work project, so I expect we won’t delay too much longer. Thanks.
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.
One last question and I am sorry if it is silly to be asked but because I’ve been goggling since your last reply and found many models and my current budget is 1000 usd, so does there are a lot of differences between the Canon T5i and Canon 70 D!? or it does not deserve the price differences for my purpose?
If you’ve outgrown your point-and-shoot camera or are no longer satisfied with the snaps you get from your smartphone, and feel like you’re ready to take your photography to the next level, then an entry-level DSLR is the most obvious choice.
I just bought a Canon HF R62. My primary use will be to video dance contests. I may transfer some of the video files to DVD to share with the contestants. I am not sure which format and frame rate to choose. My gut says MP4 at 24mbps. But I am a rookie so I would appreciate your advice. I see the camera will let me simultaneously record a MP4 at 4mbps which is supposedly good for web files, so I may choose that option. Thanks for any and all help.
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.
In 2000, Sharp introduced the world’s first digital camera phone, the J-SH04 J-Phone, in Japan. By the mid-2000s, higher-end cell phones had an integrated digital camera. By the beginning of the 2010s, almost all smartphones had an integrated digital camera.
For casual photos, it does not matter much, but for sports or where you want to capture “THAT MOMENT” like an eagle catching fish or something, which happens at a particular moment, DSLR technique is helpful.
Many early professional SLR cameras, such as the Kodak DCS series, were developed from 35 mm film cameras. The technology of the time, however, meant that rather than being digital “backs” the bodies of these cameras were mounted on large, bulky digital units, often bigger than the camera portion itself. These were factory built cameras, however, not aftermarket conversions.
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.
I’ve made contact with VLC and OPlayer, both my favourite video apps. I’ve uploaded some AVCHD sample files to both of them, see if they can make it work. And I’ve uploaded some sample MP4 files to the moderators of the Popcorn Hour Forum, to see if they can figure something out. So I’m kind of fighting a war on both sides.
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.
In the industrial and high-end professional photography market, some camera systems use modular (removable) image sensors. For example, some medium format SLR cameras, such as the Mamiya 645D series, allow installation of either a digital camera back or a traditional photographic film back.
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.
In near total darkness, the Panasonic automatically turns on a small LED light next to the lens. It is pretty weak and produces rather unflattering video that looks like a horror movie gone wrong, so it is best not used unless you have no other choice. At least you can disable it through the on-screen menu. The Panasonic is also the only model to offer a mount for attaching a separate light source—but this doesn’t power the light, which will need its own battery or plug.
2) This depends a bit on what your personal setup is. 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.
We found that the battery life of the V750K was adequate, with the included 1940 mAh battery lasting for about 1 hour and 55 minutes of continuous shooting—and since the V770K has the same battery and power setup, its performance should be the same. That compares well with the other models we looked at, both of which lasted just over two hours on a full battery.
Thanks man. I’ve checked the manual but everything is not explained in it in detail specially the many icons that are on the touch-screen. I wish there was a forum or something where I could get more help from ppl who have this device ?
For decades, the DSLR (digital SLR) has been the top choice for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a DSLR offers three key ingredients: manual controls, excellent picture quality and interchangeable lenses.
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.
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.
Sony SmartShot QX series, announced and released in mid 2013. In January 2014 announced a firmware update for Cyber-shot SmartShot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. In September 2014, Sony announced the Cyber-shot SmartShot DSC-QX30 as well as the α SmartShot ILCE-QX1, the latter with E-mount instead of a built-in lens.
Canon introduced the EOS Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D outside the US) to compete with the influx of compact system cameras and it was the smallest DSLR available when it was introduced in March 2013. Now replaced by the EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D), its slightly bulkier proportions make it feel more like a slightly pared-down Rebel T7i / 800D than anything unique. It’s not a bad option for new users, but there are better-value alternatives available at the moment.
Most camera phones are simpler than separate digital cameras. Their usual fixed-focus lenses and smaller sensors limit their performance in poor lighting. Lacking a physical shutter, some have a long shutter lag. Photoflash is typically provided by an LED source which illuminates less intensely over a much longer exposure time than a bright and near-instantaneous flash strobe. Optical zoom and tripod screws are rare and none has a hot shoe for attaching an external flash. Some also lack a USB connection or a removable memory card. Most have Bluetooth and WiFi, and can make geotagged photographs. Some of the more expensive camera phones have only a few of these technical disadvantages, but with bigger image sensors (a few are up to 1″), their capabilities approach those of low-end point-and-shoot cameras. In the smartphone era, the steady sales increase of camera phones caused point-and-shoot camera sales to peak about 2010 and decline thereafter. Most model lines improve their cameras every year or two.
Some bridge cameras have a lens thread to attach accessories such as wide-angle or telephoto converters as well as filters such as UV or Circular Polarizing filter and lens hoods. The scene is composed by viewing the display or the electronic viewfinder (EVF). Most have a slightly longer shutter lag than a DSLR. Many of these cameras can store images in a raw format in addition to supporting JPEG. The majority have a built-in flash, but only a few have a hotshoe.
Echoing what Tony said below—what site were you redirected too and asked to sign up for? That’s definitely not something that we book with, and want to know so that we can see why it’s happening, and definitely prevent it in the future.
Some smartphones can provide an augmented reality overlay for 2D objects and to recognize multiple objects on the phone using a stripped down object recognition algorithm as well as using GPS and compass. A few can translate text from a foreign language.  Auto-geotagging can show where a picture is taken, promoting interactions and allowing a photo to be mapped with others for comparison.
All told, it’s the definition of a minor update, and one that’s so small that we feel comfortable saying that the cameras are pretty much identical. So much so, that the performance and handling from one model carries over to the other. So buy whichever one is more affordable.
In January 2008, Silicon Image announced a new technology for sending video from mobile devices to a television in digital form. MHL sends pictures as a video stream, up to 1080p resolution, and is compatible with HDMI.
I have a serious question. My daughter does gymnastics and I just started a Youtube Channel for her. Currently I am using a Nikon Coolpix L840 (borrowed). I want to buy a good camera, but this camera must autofocus quickly when im zooming in and out as when I record her she is mostly on floors far away. I also want it to have an external mic port. I was thinking of the Canon Rebel T6i , but I heard it is not a good option for the type of videos I am wanting to record if this is so what is the best option?
Mirrorless cameras have gotten better and better in terms of tracking autofocus in recent years. Top-tier models track subjects and fire off images as quickly as comparable SLRs. Depending on which system you have your eye on, and what type of shooting you do, you may find that lens selection to be perfectly adequate.
Digital cameras and camcorders take entirely different types of lenses. A camcorder lens will typically offer a far more robust zoom, giving you greater magnification. While there are a number of long zoom still cameras on the market, they still can’t touch the 30x or 60x lenses available on some camcorders.
I don’t know if we can help with the former, but with the latter, we really do like the Panasonic V750—that’s why we spend thousands of words talking about how good it is for most people, especially for those trying to video their kids from a good distance away.
These days, features like face detection and image stabilization have become almost standard in a point and shoot camera. But some of these little marvels are also packing features you’d expect to find only in a much larger and pricier digital camera. Panorama mode lets you stitch together several exposures to capture one wide scene. Burst mode takes lots of images one after the other to ensure you get at least one good shot when the action speeds up. You can stabilize your shot a bit more by using a camera tripod. And for those looking to capture video, many of today’s point and shoot cameras boast Full HD video capability.