Camcorder, Action Cam, Camera Or Smartphone

4 ways to film

While the camcorder has long been the only one to allow filming, other devices now include a video function. But cameras, action-cam and smartphones do not offer the same opportunities.

The camcorder

Designed specifically for the video, the camera is particularly simple to use, with quick access to different record modes and ergonomics to allow a good grip (but be careful if you are left-handed). Those who seek to improve the final quality can add accessories such as a torch or an external mic. Some camcorders incorporate even a picoprojecteur to

project the images just shot against a wall. The camcorder remains a great camera to film his vacation or the great moments of life, even if it is a compact and versatile little. It allows you to take pictures, but the quality is often disappointing.

The action cam

Also known as on-board mini-camera or simply gopro in reference to the american brand, who invented the concept and which still dominates the market. The action-cams are designed to film his exploits or find original angles of shooting through the fastening systems, most often as an option. In addition, their sealing allows shooting underwater (the use of a subwoofer is usually necessary). The action-cams allow to create interesting effects, such as slow motion or the timelapses (time-lapse sequences). But be careful because most of these devices have no screen, making the complicated framing though can usually be remedied by connecting them to a smartphone. They include either of zooms and some don’t even have a stabilizer. As for the quality of the images, it can be disappointing, especially in low light.

The camera

They are amateur or professional videographers use more and more their camera, mainly of reflex or hybrids, to film. Thanks to the quality of their optics and their larger sensors and therefore brighter than those of most camcorders, the quality of the images is the appointment, even in low light conditions. Being able to change optical also increases the possibilities (like creating a blur of background, for example). In addition, some fatal flaws are being belong to the past. For example, the camera makers offer more in addition to auto focus continuous capable of ensuring the development even during filming. They also work on the fluidity of their zooms so as to limit the movements of stutters in the case of magnification. Only cameras worries: Their shape that makes difficult the grip to film and the cost of boxes and objectives. Another constraint: For questions of tax, the cameras sold in europe do not record more than 30 minutes of video.

The smartphone or tablet

If the smartphone is becoming increasingly used to film, it is not only for its convenience (we still got it in your pocket), says Whereversmartphone, but also because it allows very simply send its images to friends or share them on social networks, regardless of the place where you are. In addition, the use is playful. The latest phones allow you to add effects to create slow motion, to assemble its images, etc. Even if the quality continues to improve, it is however not that of real devices dedicated to video, including when the brightness is low. Their manual settings are also fewer and the grip at the end of arm complicated for excellent stability. A still more glaring flaw with a tablet.