Cam Care III

Posted by Bryan
In Maintenance, videocam
24Jul 15

Being careful in handling your video camera will mean lesser trips to the service center for repair or parts replacement.

  • Tripods should only be used when absolutely necessary because it is very likely that your video camera will be knocked over.
  • Avoid lending your camera because the borrower may not be as familiar as you are with your gadget and might accidentally damage it.
  • For analog camcorders, do not force in a tape or force it out if it gets stuck. In these situations, your video camera must be fixed by a trained professional.
  • If your video camera is broken or damaged, do not try to repair it yourself. Always entrust your gadgets to trained experts.

Image source: GraphicsFactory 


Hybrid Camcorders

Posted by Bryan
In Formats, Information
17Jul 15

There are several models of hybrid camcorders as they are called that have entered the market, having both solid state and DVD recorders built into them for recording media. Several use mini-DVD disks that are capable of storing 4 Gigabytes of information or in video terms around 30 minutes.

Disks on the other hand come in double sided that offers an hour of video allowing half our on each side. The memory slot allows the capture of stills without having to carry a separate camera which for general shots is quite decent at 5 megapixels. The DVD drive is quite sensitive to dust and must be loaded/unloaded with care to prevent the miniature dvd drive contained within.


In videocam
10Jul 15

If possible, take a demo unit of the digital video camera you plan to buy outside before making a purchase. Many of the LCD screens on camcorders don’t perform well in bright sunlight, making it next to impossible to see what you’re recording. There are little visors you can get to shade the LCD screen from the sun, but that’s also one more thing to carry. If you can find a camcorder with a great LCD screen, you’ll be better served.

If you find the LCD isn’t performing up to par in bright light, the Hoodman LCD sun shade is likely your best alternative. –Jake Ludington


Sony Handycam

Posted by Bryan
In Information
3Jul 15

Are you a camera person? Bought a handycam recently but do not know how to operate it? Follow the instructions in your manual. If not, grab your mouse and check the other user’s opinions or product specifications online:

Example: Sony Handycam 


Now, let’s find out what the Editor’s review (Lori Grunin) was about this product:

With its sub-$1,000 street price, HD video support, hard-disk-based recording, and Sony provenance, the Handycam HDR-SR5 certainly seems like a bargain. Mostly, however, the SR5 simply confirms my belief that decent HD video will still run you more than $1,000. (But spending another $300 or so to upgrade from the 40GB SR5 to the 100GB SR5C, doesn’t count.) Click here to continue….


The Sony HDCAM

Posted by Bryan
In Information
26Jun 15

Sony couples their HDCAM cameras together under the name CineAlta. They cover a broad range of prices and features, ranging from the XDCAM HD models and the F350 to the widely used and widely popular F950.

The XDCAM HD cameras record directly to Sony’s professional disc media, which is physically
similar to Blu-ray discs. These cameras can also record various quality levels of 1080i and 1080p, along with regular SD DVCAM. Unlike other HD cameras from Sony, the XDCAM HD supports i-Link for file access and DV output.

Near the high end of the Sony HD solutions is the F900. It captures both 1080p and 1080i at
various frame rates, including 25p and 50i. This is also the most expensive camera from Sony, as it costs around $80,000!


HDD VIDEO CAMERAS

Posted by editor
In Formats, videocam
19Jun 15

HDD Video Cameras are basically cameras with built-in memory. The models available in the market today have either 30 GB or 60 GB memory space. Because they do not use external memory devices, these video cameras are relatively smaller and arguably easier to handle. However, these plus points are with disadvantages too. Some might argue that grip is compromised because of the size. Controls are more difficult to manage since they are usually clumped together in a small place. The memory space is also threading the line. Having no device to accommodate extra memory, this camera is definitely not designed for serious videographers.


Solid state Camcorders

Posted by Bryan
In Formats, Information
12Jun 15

The latest of the new generation of camcorders now use solid state video storage mainly due to huge advances in the capacity of solid state memory. Allowing memory capacity in the gigabyte level it does make these previously bulky gadgets quite light and handy.

They can come in packages as small as cellular phones with equal capacity for still capture. Advances in CMOS technology also allows better picture quality with some even capable of shooting in low light conditions using infra-red illumination with a single LED. It does make everything look green though but it does allow good video even in pitch black conditions.


In Maintenance, videocam
5Jun 15

What could be more frustrating than just when you are about to capture an exciting moment, the batteries of your video camera die? To avoid this regrettable experience, following are tips to conserve your battery life.
Recharging your batteries when the warning symbol appears on your screen is the best time. Before or after that may affect battery life.
Your LCD monitor consumes the most battery energy. Try putting your monitor to sleep from time to time.
Playbacks also quickly drain batteries. If it is not necessary, it is best to keep playbacks to a minimum.
Batteries through time will have to be replaced. The older the battery is the shorter its life.


A Must: LCD Protection

Posted by Bryan
In Information
29May 15

video5.jpgThe wider the LCD screens the better. You can review instantly what you are filming or you’ve already filmed. Once more, the greater or more pixels that your video camera has, the better. Whenever you use the LCD screens for viewing, it also use up the battery very quickly. And at times, when it is in direct daylight, the UV rays can damage the screen. Gadgets enthusiast are always suggesting to buy any kind of LCD protector not only for video cameras but also with digital cameras or cellphone. This is a sure defense in maintaining your gadget to function well.


The Sony HDCAM

Posted by Bryan

Image source: www.pconline.com.cn
Sony has a consistent history of producing quality electronic products. One of those includes their line of Video Cameras. In this new line of video cam, Sony couples their HDCAM cameras together under the name CineAlta. They cover a broad range of prices and features, ranging from the XDCAM HD models and the F350 to the widely used and widely popular F950.

The XDCAM HD cameras record directly to Sony’s professional disc media, which is physically
similar to Blu-ray discs. These cameras can also record various quality levels of 1080i and 1080p, along with regular SD DVCAM. Unlike other HD cameras from Sony, the XDCAM HD supports i-Link for file access and DV output.

Near the high end of the Sony HD solutions is the F900. It captures both 1080p and 1080i at
various frame rates, including 25p and 50i. This is also the most expensive camera from Sony, as it costs around $80,000!


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