When it comes to making movies that people will actually want to watch, getting a good video camera is only part of the battle. You also need to know how to use your camera. For video you can be proud of, follow these ten simple rules.
Although MiniDV remains the most popular choice among Mac users, it's not your only option. Base your decision on how much money you're willing to spend, whether you want to edit your video, and how picky you are about video quality.
Some would say that we need another camcorder format like we need a hole in the head, but that hasn't stopped the manufacturers from doing it anyway.
The V570 delivers high image quality and provides a wide zoom range in a compact package, but short battery life and a few quirks reduce its appeal.
Despite the Coolpix P2’s wireless connectivity and some advanced controls, this camera’s unexceptional image quality and limited battery life fail to justify its price.
Overall, the Fujifilm FinePix E900 is a good choice for people who want the simplicity of a point-and-shoot and the ability to take control when required. Its high-quality images and ease of use add to its value.
In the end, the Olympus FE-120 will appeal mostly to people who are happy with automatic modes. Experienced photographers would likely find the lack of manual controls frustrating.
With its fairly good image quality and compact design, the Casio Exilim EX-S600 is a fine choice for people on the go.
The Kodak EasyShare C663 is a reasonably good camera at a good price. Its image quality is good, and it offers most of the features that point-and-shoot users will need.
The Canon SD430 is attractively styled, and has good image quality and zoom range. But considering its poor battery life and noisy operation, its price isn’t entirely justified.
The S4 is an interesting camera, but its unusual design is only partly successful. Certain features make the S4 larger and bulkier than most point-and-shoot competitors, and most casual shooters will likely prefer a smaller camera.
The FZ30K’s SLR styling is well suited to photographers eager for manual controls, and its images look great when taken in good light, but noise is a problem at higher ISOs.
The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is a competitively priced camera with a long zoom lens, and numerous scene modes that will appeal to many photographers.
While its 12X zoom lens is impressive and the camera is easy to handle, the Konica-Minolta Dimage Z6’s unimpressive image quality and missing features make it a poor choice for photo enthusiasts.
The easy-to-use FinePix S5200 offers a slew of advanced features for a low price. It takes great pictures, and its snappy start-up and shooting times ensure that you’ll almost always get the shot you want.
Articles by Richard Baguley