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HD Video Cameras

Everything's better in high definition! From still photos to TV watching, HD makes it a better viewing experience. Whether you are using a full-size or a pocket camcorder you want the recording to be outstanding. You are capturing a moment in time, and when you play it back months or years later, you want to relive the day like it happened yesterday. Little things can make a big difference during taping, so look for features that will make your life easier and your movies bold.

Available Resolution

HD camcorders record at 1920 by 1080 pixel or 1280 by 720-pixel resolution. However, if you still want more, 4K resolution video is four times the resolution of standard HD. 4K records at 3840 by 2160 pixels, which is amazing all by itself, but you do need a 4K TV for viewing to get the full effect.

Stabilise for Better Recordings

A well-loved camcorder feature is the image stabiliser. It automatically reduces most of the shaking that happens while you hold the unit and record. Stabilisers are either electronic or optical. Both types are effective, but if you still see noticeable shaking in your video, consider mounting the camera on a tripod.

Full Auto

To make video cameras easier to use, most offer a full-auto switch. It makes it possible to ''point and shoot'' without thinking about it. The camcorder automatically adjusts the shutter speed, focus, aperture, and colour balance. To make adjustments for maximum sharpness, some models feature a manual-focus override.

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Zoom is usually a finger control; users press one way to zoom in and push the other way to zoom out. Optical zoom has ratios that typically range from 10:1 to 50:01 described as 10x or 50x optical zoom. Digital zoom extends the range of zoom to 400:1 or more, but you give up some picture quality when you get that close and personal with your subject.

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