Chapter | Two



Buying a Camera





No matter what they tell you in the video store, you don’t need half of what they sell. Find out what essentials you need in your next camcorder.


Table 2.1 What do you need in your next camera?
Camcorder Feature What it Does What to Ask Your Store For:
Manual controls Allows you to override the auto settings. Complete manual override on aperture, shutter, focus and white balance.
Auto controls Allows you to shoot and have the camera sort out the image for you. It lets the right amount of light in, focuses and more. Every camera has auto settings. Auto is OK for shooting on-the-run but you need manual settings when you really want to control the image.
Optical zoom Optical is “real” zoom. ...

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