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Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review 2018

May 18, 2018 by  
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**New for 2018** The FDR-AX700 is Sony’s upgrade to the popular FDR-AX100 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The biggest upgrades are the new 273 point phase detection AF for fast and accurate video focusing, Dual Card Slots, Higher resolution LCD touchscreen, new 120p mode for HD, S-Log2 and S-Log3, and new HDR recording mode. This model shoots at 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) which is at 8 megapixels resolution verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD. In addition to shooting at 4 times the resolution of HD, this model has a huge 1-inch back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor (14.2M pixels). This is far larger than most camcorder imagers, and will give better low light performance and increased dynamic range. Shooting at this resolution will future proof your videos, as the industry moves toward 4K resolution in TVs. Footage in 4K can also be used for Full HD video production, as you can crop or zoom in on your footage and still maintain Full HD quality. For best image quality, Sony has equipped the FDR-AX700 with a Carl Zeiss 12x Optical Zoom Lens. It has an excellent 2.35 million dot OLED EVF Viewfinder as well. EVF Viewfinder. External Microphone and Headphone jacks. Night Vision Infrared. Built-in WiFi and NFC. This is a premium quality camcorder in all regards. …More…

Best Rated 4K Ultra HD Camcorders (2017-2018) * Comparison & Reviews

April 14, 2018 by  
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Best Rated 4K Ultra HD Camcorders 2017-2018 – This is a roundup of the latest 4K camcorders. A 4K camcorder has four times the resolution of Full HD. Even if you only need 1080p full HD, you can take the 4K footage and convert it to full HD, and it will look much better than […]

Best Rated Professional (Pro) Camcorders – Comparison & Reviews | 2017-2018

April 10, 2018 by  
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Best-Rated Professional (Pro) Camcorders (2017-2018) – This is a roundup of the best-rated professional camcorders. Professional (Pro) camcorders are larger than consumer camcorders, have larger imagers, superior image processors, and larger brighter lenses. They provide superior video which is a favorite of indy and professional videographers. Professional camcorders also have advanced features such as 24p, […]

Best Rated Low Light HD & 4K Camcorders (2017-2018) * Comparison & Reviews

April 5, 2018 by  
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Best Low Light HD Camcorders (2017-2018) – This is a roundup of camcorders that are best suited for low light conditions. Poor performance in low light is the number one complaint when using a camcorder. There are several factors that help in low light conditions. One is the size and type of imager (the chip(s) […]

Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review

March 20, 2018 by  
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Panasonic’s HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD consumer camcorder. 4K has 4 times the resolution , of Full HD and is about the same resolution as the 4K projector in your local movie theater. With the industry transitioning to 4K TVs, this camcorder will future proof your videos to look spectacular on these TVs. If you shoot video in 4K and then convert it to HD, the video will still appear much sharper than a regular HD camcorder would. The HC-WXF991K can record in either 4K or HD. The camcorder records video to SDXC U3 Memory cards, with 4K recording at a high 72mbps bit rate. For best image quality the camcorder includes a fast Leica F1.8-F3.6 lens that was designed for the HC-WXF991K to help in low light situations. For night recording, you can use the Night Vision feature. Panasonic has added a Second Twin Camera, for picture in a picture effect. The HC-WXF991K has a twin camera, so you can record a picture in a picture. Included are advanced features such as the new Hybrid optical/digital image stabilization with HYBRID O.I.S. which uses five-axis correction to suppress blurring, 20x optical zoom (Intelligent Zoom function can go up to 25x in 4K and 40x in HD), accessory shoe, and an external microphone jack and headphone jack. EVF Viewfinder. At full 4K Ultra HD resolution the camcorder records to MPEG-4 H.264 at a high 72mbps bit rate. High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature. Night Vision. Full HD slow motion feature. …More…

Smart-Review | HD & 4K Camcorder Buying Guide (2017-2018)

March 15, 2018 by  
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2017-2018 Camcorder Buying Guide – Buying a camcorder can be confusing. With so many choices and features you need to understand what is important and what is not. This camcorder buying guide will help you sort out the facts on camcorders and what models best fit your needs. It will also explain the technical jargon […]

Sony Camcorder 2017-2018 Model Lineup * Comparison and Reviews

March 10, 2018 by  
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Sony Handycam Models Lineup & Comparison 2017/2018 – This is a roundup of Sony Handycam camcorder models for 2017-2018. Sony consumer camcorders have some of the largest Imaging sensors available on camcorders today. These larger Exmor backlit imagers are more light sensitive than previous imagers. Sony has introduced a breakthrough technology, called Balanced Optical SteadyShot™, […]

Canon HD & 4K Camcorder 2017-2018 Model Lineup * Comparison & Reviews

February 15, 2018 by  
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Canon Vixia Camcorder Models Lineup 2017-2018 – This is a roundup of Canon Vixia camcorder models for 2017-2018. Canon has incorporated a 60p mode to most of its new camcorders. The 60p mode gives you 60 fps (frames per second) for your HD video, making the video much smoother than lower frame rates. This is […]

Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review 2017-2018

February 14, 2018 by  
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The FDR-AX53 is Sony’s newest compact 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES in Las Vegas (see video below). This model shoots at 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) which is at 8 megapixels resolution verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD. In addition to shooting at 4 times the resolution of HD, this model has Sony’s best Balanced Optical Steadyshot (BOSS) image stabilization. This camcorder, although a consumer model has many high end features, such as a premium Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar® T lens f2.0-3.8 (20x optical and 30x extended zoom). Shooting at this resolution will future proof your videos, as the industry moves toward 4K resolution in TVs. Footage in 4K can also be used for Full HD video production, as you can crop or zoom in on your footage and still maintain Full HD quality. Manual Control (Iris, Shutter, Exposure, and White Balance. External Microphone and Headphone Jacks, Night Vision Infrared. EVF Viewfinder. Future proof your videos by going with 4K Ultra HD resolution. The FDR-AX53 has won our BEST of 2017 award for camcorders under $1000. …More…

JVC Quad-Proof Camcorder Model Lineup | Comparison & Reviews | 2017-2018

February 10, 2018 by  
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JVC 2017-2018 Quad-Proof Everio Camcorder Models Lineup – This is a roundup of JVC camcorders that are labelled as “Quad-Proof”. These are unique camcorders, as they are designed to withstand the rigors of the outdoors. They must meet 4 qualifications. This includes Waterproof down to 16.4 feet (and it floats), Shockproof from falls up to […]

Panasonic HD & 4K Camcorder Model Lineup (2017-2018) * Comparison and Reviews

February 7, 2018 by  
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Panasonic 2017-2018 HD & 4K Camcorder Models Lineup & Comparison – This is a roundup of Panasonic camcorder models for 2017-2018. Panasonic has trimmed the number of models available this year from last year. Panasonic has introduced several 4K Ultra HD camcorders, including the Panasonic HC-WXF991K model. 4K camcorders have 4x higher resolution than full […]

Getting the best sound from your camcorder | External Microphones & Sound Recorders

January 14, 2018 by  
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Most people use camcorders out of the box with its internal built-in microphone. Microphones that come installed on your camcorder vary in quality and most will give you stereo sound. These built-in microphones have their limitations (like picking up sounds from the camcorder, or noises that come from holding the camcorder). External microphones can isolate […]

Sony Pro HXR-NX80 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | NXCAM Review 2018

January 14, 2018 by  
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**New for 2018** The HXR-NX80 is Sony’s upgrade to the popular NXCAM Series 4K Pro camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The biggest upgrades are the new 273 point phase detection AF for fast and accurate video focusing, Dual Card Slots, Higher resolution LCD touchscreen, new 120p mode for HD, S-Log2 and S-Log3, and new HDR recording mode. This model now shoots at 4K Ultra HD(3840×2160) which is at 8 megapixels resolution verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD. In addition to shooting at 4 times the resolution of HD, this model has a huge 1-inch back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor (14.2M pixels). This is far larger than most camcorder imagers, and will give better low light performance and increased dynamic range. Shooting at this resolution will future proof your videos, as the industry moves toward 4K resolution in TVs. Footage in 4K can also be used for Full HD video production, as you can crop or zoom in on your footage and still maintain Full HD quality. For best image quality, Sony has equipped the HXR-NX80 with a Carl Zeiss 12x Optical Zoom Lens. It has an excellent 2.35 million dot OLED EVF Viewfinder as well. EVF Viewfinder. XLR Audio Inputs. External Microphone and Headphone jacks. Night Vision Infrared. Built-in WiFi and NFC. This is a premium quality camcorder in all regards. …More…

Canon Professional XF400 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Reviews | Dual Pixel CMOS AF

January 13, 2018 by  
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*New for 2017-2018. The Canon Professional XF400 is Canon’s Pro 4K Ultra HD Camcorder. 4K Ultra HD has 4x the resolution of full HD, the same resolution used on 4K TVs and Movie Theater 4K projectors. The XF400 upgrades the popular XF Pro Series with many new features. The Canon Pro XF400 has a new much larger (1-inch) 4K UHD CMOS Imager with Wide Dynamic Range Gamma and improved low light performance. Compact in size. Records video in 4K Ultra HD at up to 60fps, and Full HD at up to 120fps. Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots) The 15x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and low light performance even at full zoom. The Professional XF400 features the new 5-Axis image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Another big first is the inclusion of the excellent Dual Pixel AF a high-speed, high-precision autofocus technology to a consumer camcorder. The new Dual Digic DV6 Processors are what powers these new advanced features, including 4K @60fps, and 1080p @120fps. The Large 3.5-inch high resolution touchscreen is the highest resolution screen on a camcorder that we have reviewed. For Sound, the Pro XF400 has Dual XLR inputs, and external microphone and headphone jacks for recording and monitoring audio. …More…

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