Buying Guide: Camcorders

EOS C700EF 4K Camera with mount

Buying a camcorder can be a daunting prospect, with so many different types of products available to buy in an ever-advancing industry, sometimes it’s tough to know where to start.

At DigiBroadcast you’ll find a whole host of film cameras that are the perfect fit for a variety of applications. Whether a budding beginner, a film enthusiast or an industry professional, you’re well catered for with our amazing range of digital camcorders.

To make things that little easier, our expert team here at DigiBroadcast have compiled a handy buying guide to help you find the ideal camcorder for you.

Types of Camcorder

So, what is the right camcorder for you? We’ve broken down five of our most popular categories to give you an overview of each style of digital camcorder:

HD Camcorders

Two Sony PMW-F5 35mm Full HD CamcordersA HD camcorder (short for high definition) is an ideal option for those wanting to capture those all-important little details.

Similar to the comparison between standard definition and high definition TVs, the difference in an HD video recorder versus SD camcorders is clear to see in terms of the video resolution. With many more screens and televisions widely available to support HD viewing, investing in an HD camcorder is highly recommended should you want to keep up with the times.

The likes of Canon and Panasonic offer some fantastic, high-quality cameras that record in full high definition, while here at DigiBroadcast you’ll also find some amazing complete packages crammed full of everything that you need to get you started.

Professional Camcorders

Sony PXW-Z450 4K cameraProfessional camcorders, such as the impressive Sony PXW-Z450 4K camera pictured, are a high-end recording device capable of producing stunning moving images of incredible clarity.

Typically used within the television industry and film studios, a professional camera is designed to be easily operated while simultaneously offering a huge range of creative uses that produce fantastic footage; this makes them a popular choice of camera for corporate films, events, wedding ceremonies and more.

Here at DigiBroadcast, you’ll discover a range of major manufacturers including Sony. We also stock a selection of products from the likes of Panasonic and Canon, all of which offer an impressive variety of professional camcorders to suit all budgets and levels of experience.

Cinematic Cameras

EOS C700EF 4K Camera with mountCinematic camcorders are premium pieces of equipment which are used in the filming of high definition footage, usually for large-scale broadcast projects.

Ordinarily, this makes them better suited to more experienced users who require a higher standard of video camera, often used in a professional capacity. Typically, they offer a dynamic range, wide colour gamut and shoot in HD, 2K and 4K for pristine image quality.

Canon’s EOS product line is packed full of fantastic models that cover all bases of cinematic filming. The impressive EOS C700EF 4K camera is one of the latest additions to the Canon cinema camera family, its flexibility makes it a great allrounder that has proven robust and extremely capable whatever the filming conditions.

Studio Cameras

Panasonic AK-HC3800GSJStudio cameras are specifically designed for experienced camera operators and used within a professional field.

They are generally floor mounted in order to achieve greater stability, and can be installed on a wheeled or hydraulic mechanism allowing for ease of movement around the studio. This is not to say that the cameras are cumbersome and awkward though, they are light and small enough to be removed from a pedestal or mount and operated from the shoulder.

At DigiBroadcast we supply a variety of top-of-the-range studio cameras to major names within the broadcast industry. Here you’ll find a variation of stunning HD and 4K cameras, including the  Panasonic AK-HC3800GSJ (pictured), a versatile and lightweight HD camera that comes equipped with the latest internal processing, camera control unit and more.

Broadcast Cameras

Blackmagic URSA Broadcast CameraBroadcast cameras comprise of a range of cameras that have the capacity and specifications to be used professionally, producing footage that is of broadcastable quality.

No matter your level of experience, whether a novice filmmaker or a seasoned professional with many productions to your name,if you want your project to be featured by a network you’re going to need to ensure your footage is of a quality that’s accepted industry-wide.

Thankfully, broadcast cameras come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re made to suit a variety of budgets too. Though you can pay hundreds of thousands of pounds for a broadcast camera, you’ll find some amazing entry-level models too, such as the Blackmagic Design URSA (pictured). Dubbed the world’s most affordable and flexible professional broadcast camera, the URSA is compact, user-friendly and produces stunning HD and Ultra HD footage.

So there you have it, our handy guide and an introduction to 5 of our most popular video camera categories. If there’s any other information you’d like to know or any products you’d like to learn more about, contact our expert team who’ll be happy to help!   

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