What Is The Difference Between A Video Camera And A Camcorder

INTRODUCTION

In this article, we’ll be discussing what are the difference between a video camera and a camcorder. A camcorder is specifically designed for video shooting. Most camcorders have built-in zoom lenses and tilt-and-swivel screens. 


However, camcorders have become rare over time. Their functionality has been built into DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Even so, there are reasons camcorders still exist, and companies continue to produce new models every year.

Difference between video camera and camcorder

VIDEO QUALITY

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VIDEO CAMERA AND A CAMCORDER

Some digital cameras can shoot at a native 4K resolution. However, very few compact devices can match up to the higher video quality of mid-level camcorders. Camcorders capture videos at a higher bit rate than standard video cameras.

Some camcorders also let you adjust the field of view, shutter speed and white balance while capturing a video. For regular video cameras, however, 4K support is less widely available. 

LENS QUALITY

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VIDEO CAMERA AND A CAMCORDER
  • A camcorder lens provides a more powerful zoom than a digital camera. It allows for greater magnification.
  • There are several long-zoom cameras available. But the lens in these cameras cannot match the 30x or 60x lenses available on some camcorders.
  • Overall, a camcorder is more convenient for shooting videos than a camera, this is because some camera lenses won’t always work properly while filming a video. And if they do work, they may pick up the noise of the lens while filming and zooming.

AUDIO QUALITY

AUDIO QUALITY
  • Since camcorders are explicitly built for recording videos, they are also built to record sound. The internal microphones that camcorders use are superior to those found in video cameras.
  • Some camcorders come with more sophisticated audio recording options, like being able to zoom into the source of a sound automatically.
  • Video cameras, on the other hand, are built for shooting videos as well as stills. So the internal microphones may not always be good quality.

DESIGN

DESIGN
  • Camcorders are designed to be held for long periods, without any inconvenience.
  • They also offer better image stabilization. Camcorder LCDs can be rotated to give different angles.
  • They are also compatible with other video shooting equipment, like external microphones.
  • Unlike camcorders, video cameras can be difficult awkward to hold for long periods. And most video cameras do not come with rotating LCDs.

STORAGE

STORAGE

Regular video cameras record video to flash memory cards. Camcorders can record memory cards too, but they can also store video on internal hard drives.

Internal hard drives offer more recording time than the highest capacity flash memory card. The video can also be stored on DVD for easy playback on any DVD player.

RECORD TIME

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VIDEO CAMERA AND A CAMCORDER
  • Sometimes, camera manufacturers limit the video recording time of their cameras to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. This is done to avoid tariffs.
  • If a camera is able to record 30 minutes of video, it gets classified as a video camera. And video cameras are subject to higher import fees in some markets.
  • Camcorders have a clear advantage here and have no such time limits. You can shoot entire wedding receptions, live performances, or sports.

Cost

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VIDEO CAMERA AND A CAMCORDER

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras don’t come cheap. You will have to spend a minimum $400 for a video camera. In contrast, you can get a Canon, Panasonic, or Sony camcorder for less than $250.

Why do some people choose video cameras over camcorders?

  • Most camcorders have small sensors and fixed zoom lenses.
  • A small sensor means that the camcorder is not very suitable for shooting in low light conditions.
  • In this case, video cameras – which have bigger sensors – have a massive advantage over camcorders.
  • Also, bigger sensors have a shallower depth of field. At the same aperture, a lesser part of the shot is in focus.
  • This provides a more cinematic look. You can even change the focus from one part of the image to another while filming.

CONCLUSION

So which one is better? Camcorders or video cameras? The answer is – it depends. Do you generally shoot videos for long periods? Like an entire game or a wedding? Then camcorders will be ideal for you. They are easy to hold, have a longer recording time and also come with an expandable battery.

However, if you’re primarily a photographer and shoot videos only occasionally, you probably don’t need a camcorder. A video camera will be more suitable since it can also fulfill your photography demands.

Nicolas Gilli
 

Hi, I'm Nicholas Gilli, I'm a blogger who is very much interested in blogging about film-making gadgets. I have experience as a cinematographer in the film industry for more than 15 years. My blogs would comprise of articles about film making gadgets and guides on how to use them. Even if you are a beginner you will learn a lot about cinematography here. Happy reading.

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