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Standard Definition Video Recording Formats
First of all, it should be noted that, without exception, all modern digital video cameras use certain compression algorithms and compression of the original video, and the “recording format” just…

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Popular Digital Cameras
Which brand to choose Today, when the overall demand for digital cameras continues to grow, the shares of specific brands and models are evening out, so it’s becoming increasingly difficult…

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“The camera should be small and light.”
On the experience of using Canon C300 and C500 cameras when shooting documentaries At the end of 2013, documentary director Vitaly Mansky and I began working on a picture of…

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How to choose a 4K camcorder?

While there are many important components in the process of creating 4K video content – such as a 4K encoder and latest-generation streaming / recording tools – the first step will still be to choose a 4K camcorder (or camcorder!) To suit your requirements.

In this article we will look at the various types of 4K cameras currently on the market and try to figure out which camera will be your best choice in the video production process.

There are currently 6 of the most popular types of 4K camcorders: Continue reading

Review of the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera

The main features of the Canon EOS RP In 2018, a kind of revolution took place in the world of photographic equipment: all the leading manufacturers began to produce full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon entered this race with its debut developments: a Canon EOS R camera, a new RF mount and a number of new lenses. And now, after a little more than six months, the second model of the new series – Canon EOS RP – enters the market. In fact, this is a very similar device with somewhat truncated functionality. To be honest, nothing has changed dramatically for a novice photographer: yes, the resolution of the sensor is lower, the speed of burst shooting is lower, the battery discharges faster, but, in fact, there are no “painful” moments for the user. At the same time, the camera has become significantly lighter (485 grams versus 660) and smaller in size, which can be a plus for fans of long walks with the camera. Continue reading

What to buy in the camera first of all, what can be postponed for later?

Suppose the cost of the camera of your dreams turned out to be several thousand rubles less than you planned to spend. In this case, you are tempted to buy some additions and accessories for the camera, which later can diversify your life. First of all, I can advise two things:

Normal flash drive
A new camera is usually not equipped with a USB flash drive, or its volume is too small for everyday use. The choice of flash cards for cameras is huge, they differ in format, volume, speed and price. By format – everything is clear. If your camera works with SD (and its variants SDHC, SDXC), then you need to choose from them. Continue reading

Optical or electronic viewfinder?

The optical viewfinder is good because it transmits the picture “as is” – without any embellishment, delay, flicker, etc. Since it is just a system of mirrors and lenses, it does not consume electricity, thereby extending the camera’s battery life. On the other hand, the mirror viewfinder has its drawbacks. In most cameras, it has a coverage of not 100% of the frame, but a little less – 95-98%. Because of this, unnecessary objects at the edges of the frame may fall into the frame and you will have to additionally crop the picture, slightly losing its resolution. The mirror viewfinder reflects a minimum of “service” information – shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposure compensation. It is impossible to make him show, say, a live histogram, white balance or electronic level. Because of this, there is an increased likelihood of a defective image due to an incorrect exposure level, white balance, horizon obstruction. To finally assess the correctness of the settings and framing, you need to take a test shot, tear yourself away from the viewfinder, look at the screen and, in case of an error, make adjustments to the settings. This takes extra time, but with proper experience the number of such takes is minimized. Continue reading

Interchangeable optics or non-replaceable?

Enough words have already been said about matrices and carcasses, now it’s time to talk about an equally important thing – the lens.

The lens is the main element of the camera, no matter how strange it sounds. The image quality by 90% depends on the lens, so it’s worth choosing the device responsibly.

We have already decided that a large matrix is ​​good and a small matrix is ​​bad. Now let’s decide on replaceable and non-replaceable optics. Everything is not so clear here.

As you know, SLRs and system cameras (mirrorless) involve the use of interchangeable optics. But there is another class of cameras on the market – these are “premium compacts”. Unlike ordinary soap dishes, they have 1-inch matrices, that is, they are comparable in size to “cropped” cameras. But unlike SLR and system cameras, these compacts have non-replaceable lenses – quite high-quality, but non-replaceable. Continue reading

Pentax Optio 60
With the development of digital photographic equipment, two main trends are steadily observed - an abrupt increase in the resolution of CCDs and a gradual decrease in prices in each…


It is no exaggeration to say that with the phrase “action camera” most people associate a very specific device. “Camcorder for extreme sports? Is it like Gou Pro, or what?…


Interchangeable optics or non-replaceable?
Enough words have already been said about matrices and carcasses, now it's time to talk about an equally important thing - the lens. The lens is the main element of…


A brief history of the camcorder
According to a legend born in the bowels of Sony, the first amateur analog video camera was created in 1980. However, the real consumer war begins in 1985, when Sony…