Saving your precious memories of previous events is so important. You
may have photographs of those events, but, you want something that can give a better understanding of the mood and aura of the occasion.
Using video cameras or a digital camcorder is another solution. Video cameras can of course be used for shooting various events such as birthday parties, holiday gatherings, baby steps, travel at tourist destinations, and even school plays.
Also they can be used for recording events that are happening in your field of
expertise or even your message to your sites visitors.
A video camera is preferred over an analog camcorder because of the various benefits that it offers including the following:
- It records high quality videos with superior color combinations and audio. It records about three times more data than an analog camcorder.
- It is less affected by external signals such as noise and timing errors, thus producing videos of exceptional quality.
- There is no loss of data when you transfer a digital video from the camcorder to the computer and then copy it to different sources such as
your computer, a compact disc or even to the internet.
Selecting Your Video Camera:
Choose a video camera that suits your requirements. If you are a beginner at video shooting, you should purchase a simple camcorder that can be used at home and normal outings. You need not waste money in buying a professional camcorder having complex controls, most of which will never be used by you.
Consider these specifications as necessary when choosing a digital camcorder:
- Brand: Choose a brand that you trust – Sony, Canon, JVC or
Panasonic. You can also ask your friends about the brands of digital
camcorders they have and get their input.
- IEEE 1394 Standard: This cable, also known as Firewire or iLink, will enable you to transfer the video from the camcorder to a hard disk without any deterioration in quality.
- Mic: Sound quality is usually a problem with the small
camcorders. Using a proper microphone is highly recommended. Make sure your
new camcorder is equipped with a input marked with “Mic”.
- Format: Select a miniDV or the newer hard disk models.
- Optical zoom: An optical zoom of greater than 10X should be preferred.
- CCD: A 1/6 inch or larger CCD will capture the scene properly. Your camcorder should have at least 340,000 pixel video resolution.
Higher resolution gives better quality video. 3 CCD camcorders are the best
but the price is also higher.
The nice to haves:
- Image stabilizer: Small form factor of digital camcorders makes
them easy to shake. That would mean blurring of the video if it were not for
the optical image stabilizer.
- LCD monitor: LCD monitors can be used as viewfinders. LCD screens that can be rotated by 360 degrees will enable you to
see what your are shooting.
- Illumination rating: It should have an illumination rating of 7 lux or lower.
- Photo mode: A separate slot for memory card will enable you to take photographs when desired.
- Focus controls: An automatic focus is necessary – especially if you are a beginner. However, as you learn the art of video shooting, your camcorder should also have a manual focus which will allow you to play with camcorder and focus it on the object you wish to.
In addition to the above specifications, you should look for other things like audio control, exposure controls, video editing software, remote control, etc. The most important aspect of a digital camcorder is the price. Before you purchase a
video camera, compare different camcorders available. The cost of the video
camera that you select should be comparable to other camcorders with similar features.