Video cameras have become very popular among consumers as they make it possible to immortalize the exact moments that were once important in your life and be able to see them again and again, whenever you feel like it.
Video cameras available on the market may be analog video cameras and digital video cameras. The analog video cameras used to be very trendy in the past decades but in time, the digital video camera has been invented and became people’s favorites.
The analog video cameras use formats such as Betamax, VHS, Video 8 mm, Hi8 and the professional Beta SP. The inconvenience with the analog video cameras is the fact that they lose their original resolution during the frame selection process, which also takes up a lot of time. So, low resolution is the analog video camera’s main drawback. However, an analog video camera will render a smoother look than its digital counterpart, so a number of people still prefer to use the analog video camera.
Both the digital and the analog video camera use the light-sensitive chip known as the CCD when determining the light in the scene that is filmed. The analog camera records analog info as the voltage changes. The digital camera stocks up the info digitally.
The digital video camera makes it possible for you to transfer the footages taken on your PC without degrading the quality and maintaining the same number of pixels.
Due to the technology with which the digital video camera is endowed you can easily edit, copy and paste the frames you love without losing the initial resolution of the pictures. The editing can be done using different software. A very well known software that edits footage is the MGI Video Wave, but there are several other software programs that you can use.
The digital video footage also allows you to add comments and titles by a few simple clicks of the mouse.
A quality video camera should have a high resolution so the more pixels per inch the better the recording. The majority cameras available on the market have a single CCD with about 680,000 pixels, featuring color filters for red, green and blue. However, a high tech video camera usually has a CCD for each of the above-mentioned color, providing the best possible image.
The format for the digital video cameras is usually the DV format or the Digital 8. Nevertheless, there is no notable difference between these two formats.
Another thing to consider when choosing a video camera is the type of lens. The lenses are essential for the quality of the image. The best ones are said to be the Carl Zeiss lenses.
If the camera has an integrated video light, it’s much better than those with infrared emitters when it comes to night movies. The infrared emitters distort the images taken in the dark and you will get greenish footage. Check out these features before deciding on a video camera.