3 Limitations of a Micro Digital Camcorder

Although a micro digital camcorder is supposed to provide good quality at an approximately low cost, there are obvious limitations of this product. Here are the general disadvantages of a micro digital camcorder:

1. More Noise

Standard DSLR cameras have a bigger sensor than any micro digital camcorder. This leads to smaller pixels on the camcorder’s sensor and to a lower sensitivity to light. Thus, the micro digital camcorder will have more grain (also referred to as digital noise) while applying high ISOs.

2. Reduced Wide Angle Lenses

It is hard for manufacturers to come up with wide angle lenses for a micro camcorder due to the 2x crop factor. In this case, the 17 millimeters pancake lenses become the equivalent of 34 millimeters. DSLR cameras will not “crop” wide angles, therefore a 14 millimeter wide angle will remain no more, no less than a 14 millimeter field.

3. Less Mega Pixels

Adding numerous pixels inside a sensor the size of a micro camcorder’s sensor is possible, but images will be so badly degraded, they will not be usable at all. Some professional digital cameras have reached 24 mega pixels simply because their sensor allows that pixel density without distorting or changing the image into something unusable.