4 Must Have Features when Buying a Pro Video Camera

Determining the best features of a pro video camera is subjective. Besides the individual budget, there are several factors to consider. The filmmaker will need to decide what aspects and features are important and necessary to do the job and what works well for filming in a particular environment. The following are four features to consider when purchasing a professional camera.

1. CCD or CMOS Sensors
Video cameras either have a CCD or CMOS sensor. For casual videographers, the difference between the two types is minimal. The selection becomes important regarding the amount of light available in the environment being filmed. CMOS sensors do not work well in environments will very low light available but consume less energy than CCD sensors. Newer cameras have three sensors, one each for red, green and blue signals.

2. Recording Medium

Traditional professional camcorders use Mini DV tapes. Compared to other forms of tape, Mini DV users have never encountered problems with dropouts. However, there is still a possibility of the tape getting caught in the camera or tape player. Solid state media, such as memory cards, makes the reviewing and capturing process much easier and more energy efficient than tapes. Some cameras are also capable of converting to other formats such as .mov or .mp4 files.

3. Interchangeable Lens

Much like still cameras, video cameras benefit from allowing the use of interchangeable lenses. It broadens the scope and capability of the camera. It is also a cheaper option than purchasing additional video cameras.

4. Microphone Options

Much like entry level consumer cameras, professional video cameras have onboard microphones. For better quality audio, opt for digital XLR microphones or look for ports that allow external microphones to be attached.