A video camera is indispensable for capturing beautiful images of school events such as entrance ceremonies and sports days, records of children’s growth, and important family memories . Recently, more and more people are using digital single-lens reflex cameras, mirrorless cameras, smartphones, etc. to shoot video, but if you want to capture a momentary shooting opportunity without fail, you can still focus on video shooting. A handy-type video camera is advantageous. Here, we will pick up and introduce points for product selection and video camera recommended models for beginner dads and moms who are considering purchasing a video camera.
Five points for choosing a video camera
Point (1) Image quality
Until a few years ago, when it came to handheld camcorders, “full high-definition image quality” was the mainstream, but now the number of “4K image quality” types is increasing.
With 4K image quality, which is four times higher than HDTV, not only is it possible to preserve even the finest details in images, but it is also possible to preserve high-definition images when still images are cut from captured images.
However, it should be noted that 4K image quality video cameras are more expensive than full high definition image quality video cameras, and many models are large and have short battery life. Also, when editing 4K quality images on a personal computer, a certain level of specifications is required. It is also worth noting that the models that can be copied to Blu-ray media using a recorder are limited.
If you’re just thinking about good image quality, you’d want to choose a video camera that supports 4K image quality, but even full high-definition images are sufficiently high-quality. It would be an ant to choose.
Point (2) Zoom function
A convenient zoom function for taking a closer picture of a child. For a relatively small venue such as a kindergarten athletic meet, this is hardly a problem, but please note that the venue itself becomes large at the athletic meet held in the schoolyard of elementary and junior high schools, and you may have to shoot from a fairly distant place. is required.
There are two types of zoom functions in camcorders: optical zoom and digital zoom. Optical zoom uses an optical lens to magnify the image, so there is almost no image deterioration. On the other hand, digital zoom stretches and enlarges the image data, resulting in greater image degradation than optical zoom. If you want to take clear shots of distant subjects, you should choose a lens with a high optical zoom ratio.
Point (3) Image stabilization
In the case of telephoto shooting using the zoom function, even a slight camera shake will be recorded as a large shake. The camera shake correction function is useful in such cases. Especially in the case of sports festivals, since the video camera is aimed at children running around, it is more likely to be affected by camera shake than in other shooting scenes, and depending on the shooting location, a tripod or monopod cannot be used. Therefore, the camera shake correction function that firmly suppresses camera shake is very useful.
Even if you say the image stabilization function, there are models with a unique image stabilization mechanism that further enhances the image stabilization effect, and models with a function that automatically switches the image stabilization according to the scene. Their functions and effects differ considerably depending on the manufacturer. If possible, it’s best to try it out before purchasing.
Point (4) Wide-angle shooting
If you want to shoot videos of indoor events such as class visits and school performances, wide-angle shooting specs that can capture the entire situation are important. In general, video cameras are weaker in wide-angle shooting than digital cameras, and some models have restrictions on wide-angle shooting when the camera shake correction function is turned on. If you plan to use it in situations such as a small classroom, be sure to check it out.
Point (5) Body size
When choosing a camcorder to take with you on a trip, it is convenient to choose a model that is easy to handle, as small as possible, and lightweight. Also, when you go out with your child, you often have to hold the camera with the other hand when taking pictures because one hand is occupied by luggage. A model that is easy to operate even with one hand will be an important point so that you will not miss it in case of emergency.
Furthermore, recently, there are many products that are waterproof and dustproof. If you want to take it to a waterfront such as the sea or a river, or to a mountain where the weather changes easily, it is ant to choose such a product that is safe even if it gets wet.
Camcorder recommended model
1. Sony “FDR-AX45A” and “FDR-AX45”
Large image sensors and lenses are strong in dark places and wide angles! Standard model of Sony 4K video camera
“FDR-AX45A” and “FDR-AX45” are the standard models of Sony’s 4K video cameras. In order to record high-definition 4K image quality, it has a larger image sensor than the full HD image quality model, but the original “spatial optical image stabilization” that strongly corrects camera shake throughout the zoom range is still alive. . Due to the large image sensor and the large-diameter ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens that matches it, the body size is somewhat large and heavy, and the optical zoom is somewhat modest at 20x, but the maximum wide-angle side is 26.8mm. The back-illuminated image sensor is strong even in dark places, so it is a model that can be used not only outdoors but also in dimly lit indoors.