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Nowadays video cameras are a key element when it comes to recording high quality and sharp images in a portable and compact format. This has kept them in the market despite the technological advances in smartphones. The question is which of all the models and brands is the best?

We give you more than just the technical details of each model. We want you to have all the information you need to make the best buying decision. From the most innovative models and the features you should compare, to the most common questions among buyers.




Summary

  • A video camera is a portable device that records images and sounds in a sequence.
  • One of its main advantages is its portability due to its small size, which can be easily stowed in a handbag, briefcase or purse to be carried from one place to another.
  • Most camcorders feature high-resolution recording and zoom for capturing images from a distance.
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A video camera is a portable device that records images and sounds in a sequence.
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What are video cameras?

A video camera is a portable device for recording images and sounds on the same medium. Footage recorded from a video camera can be transferred to a computer for further editing or projected directly onto a monitor for playback.

Video cameras make it possible to conveniently record everyday activities thanks to their compact and portable design that allows them to be used in different environments. Thanks to technological progress, video cameras deliver high quality recordings that capture details under different lighting conditions.

What are the advantages of a video camera?

Improvements in manufacturing materials allow them to be compact and rugged, making portability one of the main elements when choosing a camcorder. The easy-to-carry design and lightweight material composition provides a better user experience when recording.

Although there have been significant advances in the design and manufacture of camcorders, the rise of smartphones with high-resolution cameras has led to a decline in sales of traditional camcorders.

However, this has not stopped fans of capturing high-fidelity video from purchasing camcorders for recording in wet and/or dusty outdoor environments, as - unlike smartphones - they were designed for this.

Advantages
  • Ideal for travel: Compact and lightweight
  • Allow for wired or wireless video viewing on monitors
  • Recordings can be quickly transferred to a computer and shared over the web
Disadvantages
  • Loss of colour quality in models with low and mid-range CCD censors
  • Quickly becoming obsolete due to technological advances in components such as sensors and shutters

Video camera: analogue or digital - what should you pay attention to?

Video cameras can be divided into two categories: analogue or digital. It is important to consider these aspects when purchasing one so that you know which one best suits your needs and the results you expect.

Analogue Digital
Connection type: Coaxial cable Connection type: Coaxial cable and wireless connections
Standard resolution limited to NTSC/PAL of 720 x 480 pixels Resolution from 1.3 megapixels
Requires reels for use Offer more detail and make it much better for facial recognition

These are just some of the features you might consider when buying a camcorder, however, there are more features to consider, such as: battery type, size, weight, resolution, zoom. These attributes depend on your tastes and needs.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rank different camcorder models

When choosing which product to purchase, it is important to consider features and functionalities that suit your needs and not choose solely on the aesthetic design of the product.

Resolution

A video camera is measured primarily by its recording quality, with high resolution being vital when capturing images and sound. Generally most camcorders on the market have Full HD resolution.

However, recent advances in image resolution have enabled the integration of 4K recording -superior to Full HD-. It is important to consider what type of use you will be using it for, whether it is for recording in outdoor environments with varying light and movement or indoors with ideal recording conditions.

In addition, you should consider the ambient noise in which you will be recording, as it is important to know the type of microphone built into a camcorder to get the most out of your recordings.

Most camcorders feature high-resolution recording and zoom in to capture images from a distance.
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Size and Weight

The size and weight of a camcorder is one of the most noticeable features when buying a camcorder.

While the weight of a camcorder may not be high, there are ultra-lightweight camcorders, intended for sports use and the incorporation of accessories and additional elements to improve the recording quality.

It is important to take into account the weight of the video camera when using accessories such as supports, as in some cases, the supports designed for specific functions such as stability or balance, therefore, it is not recommended to use a standard support to record sports or movements with vibrations and/or possible impacts.

Battery life

The type of battery, and therefore its life, is an important element when choosing a camcorder, as this feature can make a difference depending on the use you want to make of it.

If you are looking for a camcorder that you can use anytime, anywhere, it is recommended to choose a camcorder with a lithium battery, as they provide longer recording time, however, their price is higher.

If your intended use is in a stable environment and with more stable lighting conditions, you can purchase a camera with an alkaline battery that can be easily recharged for a lower price.

Recordings can be quickly transferred to a computer and shared online.
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