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Camcorder Buying Guide – Key Features

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Key Features It stands to reason that every quality improvement involved in the construction of a camcorder will impact on its price. Listed below are some of the main features that factor into both price and quality. Resolution A higher resolution means there are more pixels capturing information, which means higher quality images. The CCD or CMOS image processor or chip (see below) converts a visual image into an electric signal which the processor converts to digital information. Generally, the larger the CCD or CMOS, the greater the price and resolution of the image – although the power of the…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Recording Media

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Recording Media One significant way to categorize camcorders is by the way they capture images. Not long ago, video was available in “analogue” or “linear” format only. You captured images on tape, and then in the process of editing, copied selected scenes on to more tape. Image resolution went down with each generation – one reason why many old home videos seem to suffer in quality when viewed today. Digital has changed it all. Today almost all formats are digital, meaning even the most basic camcorder delivers good quality. From MiniDV tape to DVD to tapeless Hard Disk Drive, the…

Camcorder Buying Guide – Introduction to Video Cameras

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Introduction The Home video camcorder has come a long way in a short time. From the large and often unwieldy VHS camcorders that were popular into the 1990’s, video has experienced a revolution. Digitization and miniaturization are just two of radical changes that have made video cameras more affordable, easier to use – and much higher in quality. No matter what level of videographer you are, or plan to become, this is an excellent time to step into the medium – or step up to a higher level. From lens to battery pack, CCD to LCD, and MiniDV to 24p,…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Photography Style

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Your Photography Style… What kind of subjects do you shoot most often? Now that you understand the main components that make up a great digital camera, determining your photographic style will also help you narrow down which features you need. Sports Fan Whether you follow the Maple Leafs or your child’s baseball team, shooting fast moving players can cause a lot of blur if you don’t have the right camera. To capture the play in just the right moment, consider the camera’s shutter speed, zoom capabilities, continuous drive, and sports mode. The faster the shutter speed, the easier it is…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Extra Features

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Extra Features… More things to consider Movie Mode Most digital cameras have a movie function built into the camera. A common video size is 640×480 at 30 frames per second, lower resolution than DVD quality. However, this handy feature allows you to take impromptu video of family and friends and distribute them on a website or through email. Many of these cameras have a microphone that allows you to record sound as well. Continuous Drive With fast moving objects, it is sometimes ideal to take multiple frames in rapid succession to capture the exact moment desired.  The continuous drive of…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – Features – What to Look for

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Features… What should you look for? Every few months or so, a new camera is introduced to the market that makes your buying decision even harder!  With so many models to choose from, it’s hard to know the essential features to look for. So be prepared to experience camera envy after you’ve purchased your camera. Hopefully with smart buying choices, you will buy a camera for its true features instead of the bells and whistles that you will have no use for in the future. What you actually need versus what you think you need Let’s take a moment to…

Digital Camera Buying Guide – What is a Digital Camera?

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Introduction… What defines a digital camera? With the growing technology of the digital camera industry, it’s difficult to keep up with the latest camera models. With eye-dazzling designs, clever marketing, and millions (okay maybe not millions) of features, who can decide on a digital camera without wanting the next one that comes out just a month later? Everyone wants a digital camera for all the right reasons.  No more purchasing film, processing and prints and no more waiting to see your results; instant previewing of images, easy sharing ability with friends and family, sleek designs – and instant cool. For…

DSLR Buying Guide – Types of Photographers

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Types of Photographers… What kind of photographer are you? Although you may be a combination the types described below, we have a provided a general guideline to follow depending on what types of photography you predominately shoot. With all the accessories available for digital photography, it is easy to customize your system so it is the most suitable for your individual tastes and needs. Family Photographer Entry-level photographers who are familiar with the manual functions of an advanced compact camera may wish to enter the world of DSLRs. There may be a price jump to consider, although today there are…

DSLR Buying Guide – DSLR Accessories

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Accessories… What other accessories compliment DSLRs? Batteries Every digital SLR needs power to keep shooting. Most camera bodies come with a standard lithium ion battery that is rechargeable. Many photographers purchase a second or even third battery in order to ensure there’s always a good supply of power handy. With one battery in the camera, one in the charger, and a fully charged one in your pocket, you should be able to shoot without worry. Those who travel for their photography can purchase an extra charger so batteries can remain charged throughout the trip. While carrying extra batteries allows you…

DSLR Buying Guide – DSLR Image Format

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Image Format … What’s the difference between JPEG and RAW? Most point and shoot cameras capture your image as a JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), a very common image format. JPEGs are easy to edit and store since they are compressed. However, when you move into more professional photography, the need for unaltered images is significant. Serious photographers consider any loss of image quality or information completely unacceptable. Most DSLRs still capture photographs in JPEG and RAW formats. JPEG Most photographers have managed JPEGs  before as they’re the most efficient image file format. Because it is a compressed or “lossy” file…

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