About Video Cameras: Popular Features and Options

It’s not easy to be black and white about video cameras because the market is teeming with options. There are cameras that cater to all kinds of needs and purposes. Some are meant simply for home video use. Then, there are those that are meant to be film replacements; you can even find cameras that you can attach to pens.

If you are looking into purchasing a video camera, these are the key features that you will encounter:


It’s important to know what you will use the video camera for primarily. If you intend to document things in secret, a lightweight pocket-sized one is your best bet. HD cameras meant for professional use are generally heavier and bulkier.


There are two main resolutions available: Standard Definition and High Definition. For personal use, Standard Definition is more recommended since it’s easier to edit and older television sets can accommodate it better. Professionals should opt for the HD video cameras.


Some will advise you to ignore this feature. But primarily, 3 CCD cameras are of broadcast quality. So, if your videos are for airing on television or projecting on a big screen, go for the higher mexapixel.

Audio Options

Most video cameras come with a built-in mic. Professionals will need to make sure that the video camera has a jack for using external audio hardware. Some high-end cameras have the capability of capturing 5.1 Surround sound.

LCD or Viewfinder

This is your lifeline to your shots. It’s best to have both options available. For shooting outdoors, you will normally be using the viewfinder, unless the LCD screen is big and powerful enough to be clear even in daylight.

Low Light 

Whether you’re going pro or not, this feature will always be useful. Low light compensates for the lack of illumination in your shot. For home video, it’s best to have this feature so you can comfortably shoot in your house. For professionals, this will lessen the need for setting up lights.