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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Small-Format Cameras

Hand-held small-format or ‘consumer’ video camcorders have now become a regular part of everyday life. Their ingenious design and ever-increasing facilities offer us a wide range of picture-making opportunities – from home video recording to educational and training programs. Although the single CCD used in small-format cameras limits picture definition and color fidelity, picture quality has now improved so much, that the clips of eyewitness ‘amateur video’ often included in newscasts, can compare remarkably well with shots from regular three-CCD ENG broadcast cameras.

The video light

The small video light attached to the top of the camera is invaluable when you cannot arrange suitable lighting. While working in poor light, ...

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