When choosing a Panasonic professional camcorder, it puts you in something of a quandary as there are so many to select from. The different varieties of cameras make it very difficult to make a decision when you are shopping.
Optical Zoom vs Digital Zoom
However, all these video camera units have similar features, the first being the zoom feature. During the era of analogue cameras, the only option available was optical zoom, but today there is digital zoom, which gives better results. Optical zoom works by changing the position of the lens, drawing it out for a closer shot, so it is important
that you know how the optical zoom feature works.
The new models of camcorders are able to use a Firewire (IEEE 1394). This allows you to transfer digital video from the camera to your computer, enabling you to edit it. There is another range of cameras that allows you to transfer to your computer, for use on social networks, video and still footage. As you make your decision to buy a camera, you should consider the make and model since this is an important feature. Some manufacturers are associated with better quality cameras, while others just make basic cameras.
Panasonic: A Brand to Trust
Brands that you are familiar with should be your first option. If you would like to change brands then you should find a brand that has a good reputation in manufacturing high quality cameras. You should also look for a camera that has all the features that you need. You should consider whether you want the zoom function, a large screen, or any other feature, before you buy.
Getting a professional model is very important if you want to take video and still footage of top-notch quality. Using a professional camera will allow you the best video and still shots. If you are looking for a camera that will be used for home video and pictures, then you can get one which is cheaper and of lower specifications.
Given their lightweight, you can take camcorders anywhere with you. However, many people find it hard to work the controls, and only get it right with time. It is important to be able to find the zoom control so you can do so without taking your eye off the scene. Panasonic camcorders have both the analogue and digital zoom features, and it would be a good idea to get acquainted to them.
As mentioned earlier, the optical zoom works by extending the lens bringing in the picture to a closer focus.
However, the digital zoom works by magnifying the picture that is already filmed. Digital zoom presents some challenges since the footage that you get will be pixilated, and this reduces as you zoom in more on the scene. It is therefore advised that you use the optical zoom whenever possible, and use the digital zoom sparsely, only when you feel that it will play a role in the final story behind the video. The best cameras to select are those which have a zoom feature of at least 10X zoom.