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Choosing a Digital Camcorder
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GOPRO HERO 4 VIDEO CAMERAS OVERVIEW
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DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA PARAMETERS

Now let’s talk about some parameters of digital video cameras that can still be used as selection criteria.

Number of CCD

Perhaps this is the parameter, at a glance at which two or three years ago, the class of a video camera immediately became clear. Now, the mere fact of having three CCDs in an amateur camcorder says almost nothing. For cameras with three matrices, using a special prism, the image is divided into three primary colors, and each color is transmitted to its own CCD matrix. It is clear that in cameras with three CCDs in most cases an optical stabilizer is used. Only in recent years, Panasonic began to produce 3-CCD cameras with electronic stabilizer, then this “initiative” was picked up by Sony. Continue reading

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 characterizes the compression algorithms used. Let’s see what recording formats are found today in standard-resolution digital video cameras; we will talk about high-resolution video cameras separately, a little later.

DV is a video format with frame-by-frame compression (compression), that is, each frame of the video is compressed individually. At the same time, the compression ratio can be variable within the same frame — areas of the image that are difficult to compress are compressed with a lower compression ratio, and simple ones with a larger one. In this case, the total compression ratio for the entire frame remains constant (5: 1). The resulting stream for video is approximately 25 Mbps. The DV frame size is fixed and is (for the PAL standard) 720×576 pixels. This format is used in miniDV camcorders, and video recording, respectively, is performed on miniDV cassettes. Continue reading

Which camera to choose for a novice photographer in 2019?

Solving the problem of which camera to buy for a novice photographer in 2019 is not so simple. The reason for this is a lot of parameters that need to somehow be compared and choose the best option. We will try not to overload you with theory and tell you the correct methodology of action. But if you are too lazy to read even our guide, click on the link below and go directly to the models that we have selected for you.

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