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CES 2014: Sony Unveils Consumer 4K Camcorder
CES 2014: Sony Unveils Consumer 4K Camcorder
Sony is betting big on 4K, the new technology that promises four times the resolution of full HD video. At the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony is unveiling its first consumer 4K camcorder, a Handycam selling for $1,999. The camera "puts 4K video acquisition right in the palm of your hand." Sony also introduced eight new camcorders, with prices starting at $229, with all models having built-in Wi-Fi to share video online. Read More

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Forget Using Smartphone Cams!
Forget Using Smartphone Cams!
Lately, users have shied away from using lower priced camcorders in favor of shooting video with their smartphones and this is a bit sad in my opinion. The quality of footage from a phone can never replicate that of even the least expensive of genuine camcorders due to a number of factors, not the least being the lens. The physical design is also a factor; camcorders are built the way they are for a reason, primarily the ergonomics with everything at your fingertips. And of course, the camcorder is always the right way up, shooting proper 16:9 high definition footage (PROPER high def) in landscape mode and not portrait as smartphones do. So which are the best low cost camcorders on the market? With a budget of $500, we wondered just what you could get... Read More
Product Review:
The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder
The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder
Every once in a while, a piece of equipment comes out from a vendor that grabs you by the throat and gives you a shake as it yells, "Look at me!". The new JVC GC-PX100 is such a beast. In terms of camcorders, the GC-PX100 is quite different; the shape is different, access to controls is different and even some functionality is different. Read More
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The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder
The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder
If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and probably a 400mm the optimal. Of course you need to allow factors such as low light and depth of field to get the best of them. Panasonic has obviously realized this in terms of the video world and released the HC-V520M, a single CMOS hi-def camcorder that will sit easily in the palm of your hand, but sports a genuine 50x optical zoom and an "intelligent" 80x Read More
Product Review:
The Canon HF G25 Camcorder
The Canon HF G25 Camcorder
And still they keep coming. Today we received a new Canon HF G25 for testing, and true to recent form for most of the latest camcorder releases, the features and functions are truly staggering. This camera is designed to be fully automatic or as manual as you like. Things such as Auto Gain can be adjusted as can focus preset and a manual focus assist. Zebra patterning is there as are white balance presets for daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten and by colour temperature. Read More
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The Sony PMW-200 Camcorder
The Sony PMW-200 Camcorder
The power of a motor vehicle is usually measured in kilowatts (although still more easily identified by most in the "old currency" of brake horse power). Sadly this is not always an accurate measure of grunt as other factors should also be brought into the equation such as power-to-weight ratios and so on. Similarly, most non-professionals (and advertising blurb and salespeople) tend to measure how good a camcorder is by its zoom factor, number of megapixels or even its internal storage capacity. While all of these are a small part in the total power factor they are by no means anywhere near the be-all and end-all. Read More

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