Yup. Someone finally did it. With the announcement of the AG-AF100, Panasonic is putting a DSLR-sized sensor into a dedicated, professional video camera. Micro Four Thirds is going primetime. What does this mean for you? If you’re a filmmaker or video artist wanting shallow depth of field characteristics, multiple lens choices, and pro-grade audio and video I/O, this just might be the camera you’ve been waiting for.
I don't know about you, but when I think of Hewlett-Packard, it'sprinters and ink that generally come to mind first. But HP is into other things too.The company recently unveiled a line of digital camcorders that are aimed at YouTubers and other social mediaphiles. In pocket-friendly and traditional form-factors, with competitive pricing, these video cameras are poised to jump into the social networking frenzy for their piece of the scene.
Though inexpensive flash memory camcorders have been snapped up by consumers in droves in recent years, even casual users recognize their severe limitations. Typically, these devices offer a lackluster lens, provide only digital zoom, and perform poorly in dim light or an unsteady hand. Manual controls, touch screens, and GPS simply aren't included in the equipment. All this helps explain why cameras that record to tape or hard disks continue to be preferred by home video enthusiasts.
You're in the market for a camcorder, but you aren't sure what format to choose from, or which features will be important to you. It's tough to encapsulate the top questions our customers ask when shopping for camcorders, and it is impossible to throw it all together in one article. This primer is for the person looking to either upgrade or purchase a new video camera. We hope it will prepare you with the technical jargon and make your final choice much easier.
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