How to Buy a Camera That Also Takes Video: 7 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Many digital cameras have video recording integrated into their features. It would be a mistake, however, to assume that all the features available on a camera for still photos are necessarily accessible with video recording. Things like resolution and editing options are often different than what is available for still photos in the same camera. Knowing what to look for when comparing cameras will ensure you're not disappointed with what a camera can or can't do when you get it home.


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    Consider your budget and the price range you are looking at for a new camera. Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras (those with removable lenses) can range from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand. A good point-and-shoot digital camera can range from $150 to $500.
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    Consider how important video is to you compared to still photos. If they are equally important to you, make sure you balance the camera's still photo capabilities with its video options. If still photos are not important, you might want to consider looking at a camcorder instead. Like digital cameras, the price of a camcorder can start at about $150, but will give you better video than a dual-purpose camera -- and is likely to have a still-photo option.
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    Look at the video resolution the camera offers. If you want high definition (HD) video, you should look at 720p minimum. Anything below 720p resolution is not HD. Videos at 1080p resolution are, of course, higher-quality than 720p, but unless you are playing your videos on a large HDTV screen, the difference may not be noticeable.
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    Compare the storage options the cameras offer. HD videos can fill up your storage very quickly and the higher the resolution the more space the videos need. If the camera doesn't have the storage you need, consider supplementing its storage with a memory card. An 8GB memory card usually costs less than $20.
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    Look at the video editing software the camera may offer. Some cameras not only offer editing abilities, but also have an option to upload videos directly to Facebook or YouTube. Even if you don't want to produce feature films using a camera's editing software, at minimum it's handy to be able to trim video before uploading it to your computer or posting it online.
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    Examine the specifications to see if it offers image stabilization. Unless you always use a tripod, image stabilization is vital to eliminate the trembling and shaking that you see when shooting video while the camera is in your hand.
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    Check to see if the camera offers optical zoom and if this can be used with the video as well as photos. Just as with still photos, optical zoom gives you better quality images than digital zoom because it's the lens that zooms in. Digital zoom essentially crops the image and then enlarges it while you are shooting.

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