The Cameras of Today

Remember the time where you had to use "film" to record family memories or to record a favorite pet? Perhaps an event Erupted like MT St Helens from the blue and you had to look for that unused film canister.

If you had the money you were lucky to to have the cameras that had a built in mike and if you were really rich, you had a camera that had stereo mikes.

They actually used mics and then transfered the sound through a special light and that light then would etch a wave pattern onto the film.

then came the Short lived Beta units, they were compact and one could use them for recording video and got some what better video then the old film cameras. But they had a weakness in Low light, still the consumers had to fork over a Hefty amount of cash.

Later came VHS these cameras were ok but still had issues with low light.
then came the digital tape. this began a revolution in Video making,

People could now spend 400 doalrs and gt a camera that could record video and then store it to a PC. which gave consumers the power to play.Later Adobe made some great software for editing like Premier 6.0 KATU Knows all to well the changes that have taken Place and there graphics editor really knows well the changes of todays camera as he started out in KLTV.

Now here we have this.
The evolution of the newer cameras out to day.
though still expensive at around nearly 2 grand this camera can do night vision, High speed bursts and really get in close to its subjects.
It has a built in HDD as well as a GPS , The HDD can store up to 7 hours of video. That is just past the 6 hours of a VHS recorded on SLP.
you can transfer the HD video to the PC and you can even take standard video with the unit.

You also can stabilize the image .

5 years ago one would have needed a camera with a floating lens, then have an add on Night Vision Lens , and an additional Zoom lens.
Then you had issues with needing all the batteries.

to days technology has resulted in people being able to make low budget movies or just have fun in making this kind of Video.
Imagine, 5.1 channel surround sound we as consumers are in a time where we have nearly professional cameras at our finger tips.

even the standard cameras can get better video in Low light. and you can even get a cheap 120 dollar digital still cam with the option of video with mono. a good video camera will run you 200-300 at least.

Welcome to the Digital Age my friends, soon cameras will be able to mount to a pair of glasses and they will record in 3d or perhaps use special tracking technology to create a hologram. You think that is far fetched? What did you first think when I mentioned a camera with night vision and GPS built in to it?
So sit back and enjoy the show.

Soon this camera will be even obsolete when the time comes.

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BJDorr says ... on Monday, Mar 8 at 9:00 AM

Your camera has great image quality. What make and model is your camera? Is it standard definition or high definition?

BJDorr says ... on Monday, Mar 8 at 9:08 AM

Oops. I saw "Handycam" in the opening. Can I safely assume this was a Sony camera used?

lee98632 says ... on Tuesday, Mar 9 at 10:45 PM

BJDorr, should you return the answer to this question is the Sony's HDR-XR 520V. it is a remarkable camera, and it does come with a 1099.99 price tag.Series highlights: 1920x1080 HD video recording, 12.1 MP still image capture, 240GB hard disk drive

lee98632 says ... on Tuesday, Mar 9 at 10:49 PM

Minimum Illumination : STD, 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); LOW LUX, 3 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed)

lee98632 says ... on Tuesday, Mar 9 at 10:52 PM

I am still learning to use its focus dial and manual settings takes some getting used to. Oh and this has "high speed burst" option it is good for 3 seconds though. it would be difficult to setup to capture Lightning lol.

lee98632 says ... on Tuesday, Mar 9 at 10:54 PM

Recording and Playback Times : 240GB HDD: High Definition: FH = up to 1750 min., HQ = up to 3560 min. SP = up to 4330 min., LP = up to 5770 min. Standard Definition: HQ = up to 3560 min., SP = up to 5270 min., LP = up to 10100 min.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Mar 9 at 10:56 PM

how long is 10100 minutes? I don't think they make a battery that lasts that long and I would assume the quality would probably digress erg.

rodbo says ... on Saturday, Mar 13 at 7:09 AM

Lee98632, What editing equipment did you use to make your film...? Will your camera shoot stills..? I am trying to make a mix of video and stills film now and doing picture in picture (PIP)

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Mar 13 at 7:11 AM

Lee98632, you can answer the above questions, re: editing equipment at rodbo2005-delivery@yahoo .com Thanks

lee98632 says ... on Tuesday, Mar 23 at 11:30 PM

To edit the video I had used iMovie in OSX. iMovie allows direct import of the video. The slo-motion was done using the camera its self on high speed burst. I basically used iMovie to set the transistions and to piece the whole thing togeatther.

lee98632 says ... on Wednesday, Mar 24 at 1:39 PM

I don't E-Mail those I don't Know.

Mike says ... on Monday, Oct 14 at 2:05 AM

Lee, what are the stray quotation marks around "film" for? Would you consider taking a little bit of friendly advice and correcting that error by removing them?

Mike again says ... on Monday, Oct 14 at 2:19 AM

Oh, and another thing, Lee: Will you fix the place where you said that the beta video cameras got better "video" than the old film (regular 8mm and super-8, anyway) did? Film doesn't get "video," because it's film. However, *picture* quality, yes.

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