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The ethics of filming I

Posted by Yra
In videocam
22Jan 15

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.


In News, videocam
15Jan 15

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.

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Sony’s Most Compact

Posted by Bryan
In News, videocam
1Jan 15

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, that’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.

More information: CNET | Image source: CNET


Samsung SC-HMX20C

Posted by Yra
In videocam
25Dec 14

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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.

Image from samsung.com


Cam Care III

Posted by Bryan
In Maintenance, videocam
11Dec 14

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 


Avoid Hybrid Cameras

Posted by Bryan
In videocam
12Nov 14

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



Kodak Zx1One of the small generation of video recorders from Kodak, it is small and suited for use in all weather. Shaped like a mobile phone, it uses SD/SDHC memory cards for data storage which can go up to 10 hours of 720p HD video. It can record video in bright light as well as low light though some improvement may be needed in the audio recording due to dismal performance. Some reviews also found the low light video recording abilities a bit too exaggerated. The device is well suited for teens and their irresponsible ways, being weatherproof and small enough to fit in most pockets, they can withstand quite a lot of abuse. They can use 2 standard high-capacity double AA alkaline cells but for constant use, a good pair of rechargables(or more, ) would do better for those whole days of fun out on in the sun. Full Story »


On Microphones

Posted by Bryan
In videocam
15Oct 14

video1.jpgIf you have plans of recording a high-quality audio sound, you shouldn’t rely on the available built in camcorder microphone. Since it comes with the package, the quality of the microphone is ordinary. Technical persons advises to use an external microphone for your video camera, which will help in picking up sounds more clearly and accurately. At least, microphones are not that expensive. On the other hand, buying an external microphone for your video camera is somehow a difficult proposal. These days, we are faced with lots of choices, various colors, high-end models, and deciding on what particular specifications takes pressure.


WIDE ANGLE AND TELEPHOTO

Posted by editor
In Formats, VideoBlogs, videocam
1Oct 14

All video cameras have lens controls built into them. You can choose between two setting, wide angle and telephoto. Many amateur videographers commit the mistake of alternating the two setting between frames. The lens control is not there for creating effect. It is simply a feature to ensure the sharp recording of your images.
The wide-angle setting is ideally used for close shooting. It basically captures images with deeper depth of field. On the other hand, telephoto is usually applied to distance shooting. To get better focus on a distant subject, it is best to use telephoto. However it tends to create a more flat image as the depth of field is shallow.


Pixels

Posted by Bryan
In videocam
20Aug 14

video3.jpgMany consumers usually ask this question when buying or searching for a video camera. The higher the pixel, as they say the better. Picture Element or Pixels are made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny dots of light that is arranged in grid. The greater the number the pixel, the images are more clearer and vivid. Of course, the file is much heavier too. With a more advanced pixel, you’ll be able to capture also the realistic colors, may it be a night or moving shot. However, when picking a camera, constantly inquire the number of effective pixels that the camera can grasp instead of the overall number of pixels.


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