Finding the Right Professional Video Camera (Camcorder)
If you're serious about recording high-quality videos, or if you work in the business, you should consider a professional video camera; the only question is which one. You can make the most of your purchase by choosing a professional camcorder that offers an ideal balance between features and price.
Ideal Storage Size
Some professional video cameras come with built-in storage capable of supporting up to 32GB, which can store somewhere between an hour to three hours of video, depending on how you record. Most modern ones are equipped with slots that support different types of memory cards, including SDXC and microSD. Choose storage capacity based on your shooting frequency and the quality of video you aim to take.
Pick a camcorder based on your needs, starting with the resolution. Do you plan to shoot full HD videos, such as 1920 x 1080 pixels, or are you considering 4K Camcorders? Almost every modern camcorder records in high definition. However, for 4K, which is 3840 x 2160 pixels or higher, you'll need a professional HD video camera that offers this option. In addition, some camcorders come with Wi-Fi support, which makes it easier for you to connect to networks or devices. You can upload your video files directly onto a network, or wirelessly transfer files to other mobile devices. Other features to consider include:
- Type of display
- 3D support
- Image stabilization technology
- Type of zoom: optical or digital
Lighting and Audio Quality
If you plan to shoot at night or when visibility is low, you'll need a professional camcorder that's capable of capturing high-quality video and pictures even in low light. Check the lens diameter, sensor size, and sensitivity. The larger the value, the better it is. You'll also get sharper results by choosing a professional HD camera with lower apertures.
Audio quality is an equally important feature, and you should note that not all camcorders record sound. You'll find professional video cameras with built-in microphones, and some with jacks that support external mics.
If you don't already have one, a professional video tripod system is a must-have accessory. It provides a reliable anchor for indoor and outdoor shooting, so you don't have to worry about jerking motions. Camcorder cases are also a good idea, as they'll protect your equipment when you travel, and provide an easy way to keep your gear organized and at hand.
B&H Photo and Video offers a wide selection of camcorders and pro video cameras, including Canon and Sony professional video cameras.