Photos and images are nice and artistic, but the moving pictures are still best when it comes to reminiscing the greatest moments in our lives. Besides, videos capture not only our eyes, but also our ears because of the actual sounds we can hear from them. With today’s popular social video sites like Facebook and Youtube, a video camera is a cool tool to capture videos you want to share to your friends online or just to keep something for yourself. If you want to go beyond taking pictures with digital cameras or DSLR cameras, and instead capture live videos, here are several tips and things you need to remember to help you narrow your preferences when buying a video camera in the Philippines.
Video cameras span the collection from PHP 6490 for some low-end model to PHP 55000 or even more for much sophisticated products. On this range, the PHP 25,000 mark is normally a dividing line among the high-end and rest of the market. You could still have a quality video camera for much less than PHP 25,000. However, most of the highly developed technologies can be introduced on higher price ends.
Think carefully on how you intend on using your video camera. Do you want to have it with you on all times to make a recording of the spontaneous moment, or is it generally for special gatherings? Do you want to have it underwater?
The lenses operated in video cameras that are cheap have considerably been substandard to the ones with full featured video cameras. Actually, one way to tell apart between a pocket video camera and a full-featured model has been the optical zoom specs. If the video camera doesn’t provide image stabilization, or an optical zoom lens, it is probably a pocket version. These video cameras tend to resist in low-light environments as well.
The kind of media your video camera uses impacts the weight, battery life, size, performance as well as the whole user experience.
Both normal definition and HD (High-definition) video cameras can record flash memory cards, built-in flash memory and to hard disk drives. Older formats such as mini DVDs and tapes have been all but phased-out. A flash memory-built video camera will be lighter on weight as well as smaller in size than a hard drive-built video camera, but would not provide as much storage space.
Once you have assessed your means, picked the resolution along with the media format, you have to focus on a few additional core specifications.
Optical Zoom: When you like to be up close to your subject, you will need a video camera with a high powered zoom lens. The power of the lens is given as the factor of “x” – thus a 10x lens will amplify the subject by the factor of 10. A few zoom lenses could go to 46x and beyond.
Photo Features: If you like to leave the video camera behind, you could find cameras with very tough photo capabilities such as a flash, scene modes, exposure controls and burst shooting.
Image Stabilization: To keep away from blurred video because of shaking hands, lots of video camera provides image stabilization. It is an essential specification for long zoom video cameras.
Audio Recording: If you want to record your home movies by means of surround sound, there are higher-end video cameras which can record on Dolby Digital 5.1.
Remember that video cameras are only tools to record moments. Hence, the most important element of video making still lies on the ones who are making those moments. So make and keep the best moments in life!