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They look cool and easy to carry, but is the new generation of portable video cameras better than their bulky, overweight predecessors? It depends on the make and model, of course. But consider the ergonomic implications of a small video cam and make sure you handle it before purchasing. Trying out the controls yourself is the best way to determine fit and comfort. If you are buying online, a trip down the showroom will be worth the effort, whether or not the return policy is sound. It saves you the disappointment of finding the placement of the buttons awkward for your fingers, or the grip inconvenient for your palm.
The Sony HDR-CX7 is a compact HD camcorder that records directly to Memory Stick Duo. It can record SD video and take good images with a 6.1 MP still camera. The HDR-CX7 has optical image stabilization, 10x optical zoom, and a 2.7″ touch panel LCD. You can play back your video on the PS3. With its Super NightShot mode, it can shoot in total darkness up to 10 feet. It is best for those who want to record high quality videos but need a light video camera without too many trimmings. The HDR-CX7 will set you back between $800-900 at most online retailers
If you buy a digital video camera, you need a tripod to go with it. There’s no other accessory, outside of a longer life battery, that will improve your video recording experience. The key here is to get the right tripod. It’s tempting to get the off-the-shelf options at the electronics store, but they always fall short. Look for a fluid-head. Make sure the tripod extends high enough to shoot effectively – 72-inches is a good starting point, because anything less often leaves you shooting the backs of people’s heads in a crowded area. eBay offers a great selection of fluid-head tripods at competitive prices. –Jake Ludington
You can now record covert surveillance in full color. It is using the latest video surveillance technology available for the tiniest cameras in the market today. Introducing, the SpyCam 2007. This camera utilizes a high tech CMOS image sensor. This in turn, can be matched with different lenses, with varied angle focuses and specs which will greatly depend on the user’s needs. It has a metal bracket mounting and you can focus it manually to give you the best viewing angle. It is compatible in different systems, PAL and NTSC. It can be used for video conference, video surveillance, video phone, doorbell, electronic mail, pc multimedia, even as toys, for security monitor and as a medical instrument. It can work in analog and digital video recorders.
It can record up to 8 hours of non stop video if you’re using a battery. It can run continuously if its using a power supply.
The camera can send video for 8 hours non-stop if powered by a 9-volt alkaline battery (Duracell/Energizer). No time duration limit when it is hooked up with the included AC-DC adapter.
Have camera, will shoot. There are very thin lines between what is acceptable to film and what is not. There are a number of things to consider.
First, whether the location is public or private. A public space like a park or a main thoroughfare is a free-for-all space. However, when shooting in private areas like residential areas and offices, there must be an understanding between you and the owners/administrators of the building of what the video will be used for.
Second, who are the subjects. Bystanders and passersby do not need to be asked for permission unless they are your primary subjects and you will follow them around. More caution is needed when filming children, as their parents may be more wary of their privacy.
Two new JVC camcorders that were supposed to appear in CES were leaked to the net yesterday: the GZ-MG880 and the GZ-MG840.
New features include direct uploading to YouTube (via a PC), increased recording capacity, and a range of body colors. The new camcorders have so far only been announced for the Japanese market, though the timing makes it likely that similar or identical models will reach the US soon.
The GZ-MG880 records to a 120GB internal hard drive, while the GZ-HD840 has a smaller 60GB capacity, but both are significantly increased over their previous models from early 2008. Both feature a 1.07-megapixel CCD and a 42x optical zoom, another boost in the specs over previous models. The new camcorders will also allow for video recording to MicroSD cards.
We’ll be watching CES for this one.
Sony has recently come up with its smallest high-definition video camera – the Handycam HDR-TG1. It is a high-end version of its NSC-GC1 Net-Sharing CAM released in 2007. The Handycam HRD-TG1 captures high-definition video in AVCHD format at 1920×1080 pixels. The video is stored into MemoryStick Pro Duo cards. It also includes a 4GB Pro Duo Mark2 card. The video camera is capable of recording Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. In addition, it has face detection that can find up to eight faces. Now, thatâ€™s a lot of features for a small camera. The camera costs a whopping $900. The pocket-sized Handycam HRD-TG1 will be released in May.
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Samsung’s newest HD camera is the SC-HMX20C, which records 1920 by 1080 pixels with its 6.4-megapixel CMOS chip. It features a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.7-inch touch screen LCD. The record button is large and the handgrip swivels for even the most awkward angles, making it user-friendly. The internal 8GB flash memory drive can record 90 minutes of video and is PictBridge compatible. An high capacity SD/MMC card slot and a USB 2.0 port are provided. There is a 300fps slow motion feature, which should come in handy when shooting those memorable moments. For still photos, it works as a 4 megapixel camera. The SC-HMX20 retails for about $850 online.
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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.
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The current range of digital video cameras with digital still camera functionality is inferior to almost all digital still cameras. The idea of a combined camera is better in concept than it is in practice. If taking digital stills is important, get a camera designed for taking digital stills. Focus on the core video features when buying a digital video camera and think of the digital still functions as a convenient bonus if they happen to work well. If you’re dead set on getting a camera with both features, get a digital still camera with video functions – the still cameras take better video than the video cameras. –Jake Ludington