Consumers today have a full plate of options when it comes to consuming multimedia content. You can view a blockbuster movie at the local multiplex, on a large-screen TV, streaming on a computer or even on an iPod or cell phone. And the number of options for consuming content is only going to increase.
The Flip video camera, although released a few years ago, has since proven to be THE shoot-and-share camera for the masses, with its simple design and no-frills user experience. That tradition has carried through all of its models and now with its latest iteration, the Flip Video SlideHD.
Sony just announced its release of the first Handycam camcorder to accept interchangeable lenses. It also features a quad capsule spatial array stereo microphone that captures spectacular audio. I’m talking about the NEX-VG10.
Not only does it offer the flexibility of an interchangeable lens system, it's one of the sleekest-looking prosumer camcorders you've ever seen in a compact form factor.
Flash memory camcorders are the way to go these days. Flash memory is fast, rugged, portable and affordable. Canon just announced the VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder. This little HD beauty features 64GB of internal flash memory and an SD card slot lets you expand on that.
Long before I was a pro audio specialist, I was a hopeless video nerd. After my sophomore year of high school, the band I was in broke up when our drummer moved away to attend college out of state. Making music just wasn't the same without that specific drummer's rhythms, so I turned my creative ambitions to video production, and became obsessed with buying the RCA Pro Edit VHS camcorder.
Test charts are very similar to test patterns. Test patterns are complex images used to stress displays and reveal their weaknesses, and also to help calibrate them. Test charts are printed patterns used to reveal weaknesses in cameras, and also to help calibrate them. Here, we'll examine test charts used to test RED cameras and 3D cameras.
The shift from closed-circuit television (CCTV) security systems to network video solutions is nearly complete. Network video surveillance systems offer many benefits over traditional closed-circuit systems, and Axis Communications has been there since the beginning. Axis offers every type of network surveillance equipment imaginable, and B&H carries the full line, with prices much lower than the competition.
It’s gratifying to know that manufacturers continue to improve the quality of handheld camcorders. We’ll probably see 4K handheld camcorders on the market in just a few years. The Sony HXR-MC50U Ultra Compact Pro AVCHD Camcorder is a stepping stone toward that goal.
You don't expect motion detection in a battery, but the new Dionic HCX from Anton/Bauer is smart enough to know when to go into a deep sleep, and when moved, to wake up. After a two-week period without a load, the battery automatically goes to sleep, which enables extended storage with almost zero capacity loss. To awaken the battery for normal use, you need simply to move the battery, thus activating the motion-detection feature.
The television-broadcast world is nearing the end of its HDTV revolution. Almost every show on TV is now broadcast in HD. It’s time for consumer video gear to catch up. While most consumer-grade camcorders record in HD, many of the niche-type video recorders, such as those you can wear, are not yet capturing HD. But the Drift HD170 is.
It’s difficult to keep up with technology, and it’s also expensive if you insist on buying the latest gear. While it’s dizzying to keep up with advancements in technology, those same advancements keep making new gadgets more and more affordable. A case in point is this HD camcorder, which costs less than $300.
When I buy a brand-new camera, I tend to treat it like my baby. I’ll coddle it, wipe it down when a fleck of dust lands on it, and I’ll handle it as gently as I would a vial of nitroglycerin. After a few weeks, though, I’ll ease up a bit, but I’ll never feel completely comfortable diving into the dirt with my expensive gear while chasing the perfect shot.
James Cameron’s film, Avatar, has helped propel 3D technology into the mainstream. People flocked to theaters to see the 3D attraction and now they’re buying the Blu-ray edition in droves. I read today that US consumers have spent more than $55 million on 3D TVs and Blu-ray players in just a few months, but I'd bet the equipment that James Cameron used to produce Avatar cost even more. The average 3D enthusiast could never afford to use Cameron’s highly refined 3D camera equipment, but fortunately there’s a much more affordable alternative.
Today, for under $10,000, several excellent video camera kits exist which would have had me laughed from the room had I suggested them ten years ago. JVC is making a very compelling case for its brand newGY-HM790U media camcorder. This camera has every feature you need to capture high-quality footage, both in the studio or in the field.
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