Even though you may think high definition video is
just for your television, it isn’t. You can get
that very same quality on your home movies as well.
You can turn your home movies and precious memories
into works of art with HD.
Amateur home video producers alike will truly love
the high quality of HD. With HDV (high definition
video), you can record superb high definition video
onto a digital video tape.
Benefits of HDV
You don’t really need to understand how HDV works
to truly appreciate the benefits. All you need to
do is spend a few minutes watching a video recorded
on a Sony HDV video camera and you’ll see everything
you need to know.
If you already know about HDV, there are many more
reasons as to why you should pick HDV video cameras:
1. The amazing picture quality of HD is no
longer limited to Hollywood and professionals. You
too can now use HDV technology to capture the
important memories of your life with life like color,
vivid contrast, and amazing HD video.
2. HDV recording offers low noise, high
accuracy, rich, and very vivid color.
3. The sound tracks for HDV use MPEG 1
audio layer 2 digital encoding to give your videos
the sound quality of CDs at a much lower bitrate.
4. HDV uses the same tapes that are already
popular for DV recording, with the recording time
being the same as well.
5. HDV also uses MPEG 2 compression, which
is used in digital broadcasts and also DVDs.
6. HDV uses a higher compression rate than
DV, making it more reliable and less subjectible to
Technology behind HDV
The HDV format handles the same bitrate as the DV
format, although HDV records a high definition
signal. This will allow you to record HD video on
the same tapes used for DV recordings. A signal with
HDV has 4.5 times as much data as a DV signal used
with NTSC. HDV also includes CD quality sound,
MPEG 2 compression, real time encoding, and so much
When compared to other HD formats, HDV is one of
the best, if not the best. Sony has always been
known for quality, which makes HDV no exception to
the rule. This format has been years in the making,
which helps to make it what it is today.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect type of
video camera, rest assured that HDV is it. If
you buy a Sony HDV type camera, you’ll know that
your precious memories will be perfect HD quality -
each and every time.
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Home video enthusiasts all across North America are
impressed with the vast range of recording features
offered by the Sony HDR-HC3 handycam video camera.
With both HD and SD modes of recording, you can make
the move to high definition without retaining
compatibility with standard definition equipment.
The HC3 video camera sets the new standard in resolution
quality with its clear vid image sensor, which
captures precise detail and superior color. The dual
record mode will allow you to capture 2.3 megapixel
stills while shooting high definition video.
The smooth slow recording captures fast movement
with precise detail for playing back in slow motion.
Now, you can record what you want however you want
to record it. The HC3 from Sony is everything you could
expect and more.
2.1 megapixel clear vid CMOS sensor
The clear vid CMOS sensor provides a level of stunning
detail and clarity with amazing video and still
image performance. Unlike the traditional CCD
imagers, CMOS sensors require much less power, which
provides better performance for your battery.
While you record in HD, you also have the ability
to capture a 2.3 megapixel still image directly to
the memory stick duo media.
HDV/DV format recording
The HDR-HC3 is capable of recording and playing back
both HD and SD video recorded on the standard
Mini DV tape.
Real time HD codec engine
Sony developed a real time MPEG encoding and decoding
system with a reduced energy consumption along with
a compact size to fit inside of a personal video
camera. The codec engine provides MPEG 2 compression,
with the recording and playback of clear HD images
at the same bit rate of DV.
10X optical/80X digital zoom
The optical zoom provided by the HDR-HC3 will bring
the action up close from far away. The digital
zoom interpolation will make the digital zooming
clearer, with less distortion.
The 2.7″ wide (16:9) LCD screen will provide an
excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The 211K pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees
for multiple viewing angles, while providing a
sharp, detailed image for monitoring or playback.
The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode
and composing shots easier than ever before.
With amazing features and video quality, the Sony
HDR-HC3 high defintion video camera is truly one
of the best Sony offers. If you’ve been looking
for the perfect HD camera, the HDR-HC3 offers you
more features than you can shake a stick at.
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The Sony HDR-FX1 is the world’s first consumer 1080i
high definition video camera. A revolution of form
and function, the HDR-FX1 will allow you to play
and record interlaced high definition video at
resolutions of up to 1440 X 1080 for professional
quality video with plenty of vivid colors and amazing
The HDR-FX1 also features the real time HD codec
engine, which offers you professional level MPEG 2
video compression, and a 14 bit HD digital extended
processor for increasing the speed of the processor.
The camera images are captured on three chip advanced
HAD CCD system that provides an increased detail along
with improved video performance without the color
blending that is found with other cameras.
The HDR-FX1 also offers an amazing amount of control
for the user, which includes manual zoom, focus, and
iris control. The picture profile will allow you to
create a number of preset video modes for a variety
of shooting. The composing shots are easier than
ever with the 3.5 inch LCD display and the extra
large electronic view finder.
Other features of this amazing camera include:
Manual zoom and focus rings
Dual independent zoom and focus rings provide precise
and detailed control over the amount of zoom and
overall focus of the image. Fast framing when
zooming in and finely detailed focus are easier
than ever with the natural feel the rings provide.
Super shot system
The Sony steady shot image stabilization system
will control a wide range of shake and even vibration
frequencies. This system achieves a very high level
of smoothness without degradation of video like
other types of stabilization systems.
Manual iris control
By turning the iris dial found on the side of the
camera, you can manually adjust the amount of light
that enters the camera. The iris is adjustable
from f1 to f11 in 24 easy steps.
This will allow you to set the manual adjustments
for a shoot into any one of the six available presets,
so you can call them up at any time at the touch
of a button. This is very handy when shooting
under the same conditions frequently, as the options
don’t need to be reset each time.
Offering you a slew of other features and benefits,
the Sony HDR-FX1 is truly one of the best high
definition video cameras you can buy. With an
affordable price, this is something everyone who
loves to take pictures and make videos shouldn’t
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Beginning with their adoption of cellular phones back
in 2002, Sony’s CMOS sensors for megapixel class
camera cell phones, and digital high definition video
cameras have become widely used in commercial products.
The greatest strength of the CMOS sensors is that
by including both digital and analog circuits on
the same chip, their readout speed can be made much
faster than the CCD. Sony is now developing high
speed CMOS sensors for digital cameras that will
provide continuous imaging from all pixels at an
amazing frame rate of 60 frames.
Here recently, the trend towards higher pixel counts
in consumer digital cameras have continued, and now
it’s possible to take high resolution still images
conveniently. Until now, Sony focused efforts in
the image sensor area on increasing the pixel count
and improving the characteristics of the pixels to
achieve high resolution imaging that everyone
loves about high definition video cameras.
Sony is also aiming for an image sensor that will
be able to capture and express surprise and emotion,
and is now putting efforts into a CMOS sensor that
can do just that.
Even through image quality will improve as you
increase the amount of information you capture, until
now, the still image quality of pictures has been
improved by spatial resolution increases. The
amount of information however, can be increased
not only by spatial resolution increases, but also
by increasing the amount of information in the
time direction as well.
If anything can be said about Sony technology, it
would be to never doubt it. Sony creates very amazing
products, and are among the leaders in camera
technology today. The CMOS sensor is just another
step for Sony in the world of high definition video
cameras, making it something you can’t go wrong with.
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The Sony BRC-H700 high definition video camera is
designed for a variety of remote acquisition
applications, especially in television production
for recording programs and for use as a weather
or even traffic camera.
The PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) camera can display images
onto a large screen in auditoriums, teaching
hospitals, sporting events, trade shows, and even
concerts. This unit is also ideal for distance
learning applications in which clear high definition
images need to be projected onto electronic white
boards during a presentation or other function.
The Sony BRC-H700 also features three 1/3 inch HD
CCDs with 1.07 megapixels, delivers accurate color
reproduction, and is ideal for taking pictures or
videos in low light environments.
The BRC-H700 has a wide pan range of 340 degrees
and a tilt range of 120 degrees. Both the pan
and tilt speeds are variable within the range of
.25 to 60 degrees a second, so the camera can
capture both fast and slow moving objects with
minimal rocking vibration. The camera also
includes a 12X optical auto focus zooming lens,
which allows for a zoom capability of up to 48X
when used in combination with the 4X digital
You can also control the BRC-H700 by external
devices which include the optional RM-BR300
remote control via Sony’s VISCA protocol. Local
controls such as PTZ settings and any of the 16
presets can easily be accessed.
The BRC-H700 has a card slot that accepts a
variety of optional interface cards, including
the HD-SDI, SD/SD, i.Link, and even connections
for use with computers.
Other features include an image flip function
for installation flexibility on ceilings or other
flat surfaces and up to 16 presets for operational
ease of use.
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There are momentous events that occur during our lives that later on, we will end up wishing we had on tape. Photographs are no longer the preferred method of storing memories, giving way to video cameras instead. As more technological advances are made, there are bigger and better video cameras on the market available for purchase. It is ultimately up to you to decide which video camera will best suit your needs.
A video camera can be a major purchase, and should be a well-informed and researched decision. There are a lot of resources available online or at your local bookstore that would be very helpful in your knowledge quest.
If you plan on recording for long periods of time, more than a couple of hours, you should try to opt for a video power that is an energy saver, or else you will spend your recording time changing out and recharging batteries. It is a good idea to have a couple of spare batteries anyway, just in case.
Most video cameras now come equipped with a viewfinder, which is much handier for the user than looking thru a little round hole, or eyepiece, to see what they are recording. The downside to recording and using the viewfinder, however, is that it sometimes can be a bigger drain on your battery time than just using the eyepiece. Using a viewfinder makes it much easier to film hard to reach shots, while allowing you better control over what you are filming.
Before making a purchase, you should familiarize yourself with digital and optical zoom. With optical zoom, you tend to get a nice sharp, well focused image. Digital zoom doesn’t offer a sharp picture; it’s basically a magnifying effect. You will probably be much better satisfied with a video camera that has both digital and optical zoom. Focus more on the optical zoom if you want high quality videos.
Many of today’s video cameras offer a feature called image stabilization. This feature helps prevent the video from being shaky and jumping all over the screen when you watch it, therefore producing a higher quality video. Image stabilization helps to filter out the normal shaking of the camera.
Some video cameras can now pose as still picture cameras as well, thus eliminating the need to take two cameras to events. You can get live and still shots in one piece of equipment.
One neat feature of some video cameras is the ability to record to DVD, which recently, seems to be the most preferred type of media.
If you are a newbie when it comes to shooting film, you can also opt for a video camera that will basically do everything for you but hold the camera. They come now equipped with auto focus and light adjustments, so all you have to do is press a button and shoot.
There is such a wide range of video cameras on the market today; it can become confusing when trying to decide which one will best suit your needs. Doing your homework beforehand, can help save you a lot of time, and possibly help ensure you truly do make a wise investment.
Finding the right video camera requires a few simple steps. Start by researching the various products available in the marketplace.
If you’re unfamiliar with video cameras, doing your homework now can better ensure you’ll be satisfied with your final purchase. Many consumers are use to particular brand names, and the quality and features associated with each. If this is your first video camera, you may want to take the plunge and purchase a truly top-of-the-line model, or just get your big toe wet with a less expensive unit. The challenge is in selling yourself that the extra cost, whatever it may be, will be able to generate the results you need to make it all worthwhile.
This research process can be used when making any type of photo purchase. First set the price range. How much are you willing to spend? Determine if you’re looking for an amateur or a professional grade camera. Even if you’re an amateur, sometimes the pro shops can offer some surprisingly accessible products. Regardless, it’s helpful to go to a major photo and video supplier’s Web site to check out what’s available.
There’s one more step to be taken. Locate other folks who had already made purchases and shared their thoughts. User expectation is a big factor in a consumer’s experience. For instance, one person may make a negative comment about a feature. However, that feature is irrelevant to your need for that product. Read the good comments and the bad. Then shift through the details for what really matters to you.
Before, after or as you read consumer reviews, make a list of all the realistic scenarios as to how you plan to use the video camera. Will you use it in low light conditions? Do you care about audio? Does it need to be compact and portable? Will you need to carry it a distance? Will you be able to react to impromptu situations? Does it have a million accessories and how much do they cost? How long does the battery last? Is it complicated to download the contents? How much data can be held on the storage device? Will you need a tripod?
The next thing, to ask yourself is “What are you willing to sacrifice to get the majority of what you want in the price range you desire?” There is no single perfect camera (in an affordable price range of most consumers). Remember that old expression, “you can’t be all things to all people.” It’s called an average camera.
There’s a professional photographer who wanted to move into video. His choice for this first-time buy was a JVC video camera. It’s a lower end price range professional video camera ($2,000-ish). JVC has a reputation for making some great DVD/CD and stereo equipment leading one to believe that all their products should offer similar performance. The runner up was a highly rated, semi-amateur/professional Sony camera in a mid-range price ($1,200-$1,300). Then there was the highly-rated Panasonic for $900. It was reported that the results for this camera in low light conditions were poor and grainy. All things considered it was still a good camera. Like all video cameras, the built-in audio is considered sub-par. If you plan to digitally add sound that should not be an issue.
So ultimately what was the professional photographer’s choice? The photographer opted for the Sony.
Buying cheaper is not always the best option. Being happy with the equipment and using it rather than having it sit in the box makes all the difference.
This digital HD media camera is small, elegant, and
also lightweight. The Sanyo Xacti will beautifully
capture your memories in high definition. The
stylish vertical design offered by the camera will
make it easier for you to keep an arm steady while
2.2″ color OLED
The 2.2″ flip out organic light emmitting diode
screen will offer easier viewing of your recordings,
even in bright sunlight.
Video and pictures
The Xacti will simultaneously shoot 5.1 megapixel
still images and high definition video clips. The
HD1 can also record over 21 minutes of 720 pixel
HD video on a single 1 GB SD care, or well over 42
minutes on a 2 GB card.
MPEG 4 format
The HD1 utilizes the high quality MPEG 4 recording
format which will deliver amazing video clarity and
detail. With the files being conveniently small,
you have the ability to record long, high quality
When you close the LCD screen, the camera will go
into standby mode. Open it back up, and you are
ready to shoot in as little as 2 seconds! The
camera also records straight to SD flash memory
cards, so it will skip the long process of getting
the tape deck started.
The image stabilizer will accurately distinguish
between the unintentional camera shake and
deliberate camera movement from pans or tilts. It
will then compensate for the camera shaking to
give you more natural results when you shoot.
The highly effective and bright 10x optical zoom
lens witha maximum aperture of f/3.5 will allow you
to get up close to the action. Coupled with a 10X
digital zoom, it will give you up to 100X of zooming
You can create breathtaking pictures with the HD1
by selecting the best suited mode to the subject.
The scene selection mode will work for both still
images and video. The modes to choose from include
sports, portrait, landscape, fireworks, and even
You can share your pictures and video clips with
family and friends in a snap. Multiple connections
will allow for easy television playback, dubbing
to a VCR or DVD recorder, transfer to a PC for DVD
creation, editing, or just posting on the internet.
With everything the Sanya Xacti VPC HD1 has to
offer, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a HD
video camera. You can do many things with this
camera, other than taking pictures or making videos.
If you’ve never experienced a HD video camera, the
Sanya Xacti is certainly one of the first ones you
should check out.
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Sanyo has recently brought a new level of credability
to dual use, video and still image cameras with the
introduction of the new Xacti HD1. With measurements
of 3.1X4, 7X1.4 inches and 8.3 ounces, it is easily
the smallest camera to record 720p high definition
video. It will also capture 5.1 MP still images and
has a 10X optical zoom lens as well.
Just like other dual use cameras, it will record
both video and still images on a memory card, or
in this case an SD card instead of video tape.
According to Sanyo, a 1GB SD card can record up to
21 minutes of 720p 16:9 widescreen video. If you
prefer to record in standard definition, the HD1
can also record video at 640X480 pixel resolution
at either 30 or 60 frames per second. Everything
you record is with the popular MPEG 4 compression.
Just in case pocket sized HD recording isn’t enough
for you, Sanyo also put a 2.2 inch 210,000 pixel
OLED display in the HD1. The OLED is a display
technology that many thing will end up replacing
LCD very soon. The advantages offered include wider
viewing angles and faster response time.
As you probably already know, Sanyo isn’t new to
HD video cameras or digital cameras in general.
Sanyo has been around for years, proving that they
can compete with the bigger industry giants. The
small HD video cameras offered from Sanyo are
among the best as well.
If you’ve been looking for the best HD video cameras,
rest assured that anything you select from Sanyo
is going to be great. There are a few to choose
from, with the HD1 leading the pack. If you want
the best, the HD1 is everything you need – and
quite possibly a bit more.
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If you are new to HD video cameras, you’ve probably
found yourself wondering if you really need to have
one around. For a majority of people, a HD video
camera represents the best way to capture memories
and pictures with the best technology available today.
For producers or those looking to start their own
productions, HD video cameras may be easier to rent
than to buy. While most HD video cameras cost quite a
bit of money, they may be easier to rent than just to
go out and buy.
If you only plan to use your camera for a few days
or just a short period of time, then renting may be
your best option. Producers and professional
photographers looking to take things to the next
level, may choose rent a HD video camera to test the
waters before making the purchase. If you’ve never
experienced HD before, renting a camera may be the
best idea before you sink a ton of money into buying
one of your very own.
On the other hand, if you take a lot of pictures and
enjoy making videos, buying a camera may be the best
option for you. Even though they cost a lot of money,
these cameras are ideal for anyone who is seeking the
absolute best in technology. These cameras are
nothing like cameras of the past, as they can do so
much more – with a lot better quality.
For the average photographer, a HD video camera may
not be the best purchase. If you are on a budget or
don’t have a lot of money to spend, then this type of
camera is probably going to be out of your league. If
you have a lot of money on the other hand, this type
of camera is more than worth the purchase.
There are several companies that rent out HD cameras,
from many different manufacturers. Normally, those
that rent are looking to try the camera out, or just
needing it for a brief amount of time. Trying out
the camera is a good thing, although it normally leads
to buying it. It can be very difficult to try out
a camera that is this good then not buy it.
When the time comes to test out HD video cameras,
renting is sometimes the best way to go. If you’ve
used these types of cameras in the past, then you
may want to go ahead and buy one. There are several
to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong with
jumping on the band wagon and immersing yourself in
the amazing world of HD.
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