Lenses and Lens Operation

The lens of your camcorder will probably have more of an impact on picture quality, and your control of it, than any other single feature.

Lens Terminology and Functions

Camcorder lenses come in various focal lengths: wide angle, normal, and telephoto. These terms refer to how close the lenses make objects appear in the frame. Wide-angle lenses include a wider field of view than normal lenses and make objects seem far away. Telephoto lenses give a narrower picture and make objects seem close.

FOCAL LENGTH: Range of distances over which a lens can be focused to achieve a sharp picture.

Removable vs. Built-in Lenses

Most consumer and some prosumer camcorders have built-in, nonremovable lenses. Almost all professional ...

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