I’m gonna end up buying a video camera tomorrow (to cut a long story short, it’s the only thing I think I’ll ever get as a present off my otherwise cheap-skate dad). Thing is, neither he nor I know anything about camera’s.
So naturally I came to the only place in town that ever has any answers.
Remember that I have no clue about the technical aspects of VideoCam performance. So basically,
a) What’s the difference between a digital video camera and non-digital?
b) What the heck is Hi-8? Does it make performance better (i.e. better picture quality on playback)?
c) Can I playback footage from my camera onto my TV screen on ALL types of video camera’s (a friend of mine just has to plug in a wire to the back socket of his TV and he gets the footage from his camera played back instantly - is this true of all camera types?)?
If not then which types of camera(s) can do this?
d) What produces better picture quality?
e) What in your opinion is a rip-off (i.e. promises to be as good as gold because of XYZ… but you find that XYZ is not as good as it is made out to be)?
f) Any extra tips (i.e. what to get/look for and what to avoid) would basically be helpful
Now obviously you’re thinking, “well duh… depends on what you want Xavier you dummy”
Thing is, I’m not hot on camera tech (as I’ve mentioned before). I basically want something that is value for money (not necessarily cheap but not too pricey), has a screen on the side of it that can give me instantaneous playback (does anyone know the name of that?). It HAS to give pretty decent picture quality, so I am interested in any info you can give me on that. Please explain in simple terms for my benefit.
I would like to be able to use the tapes directly from my camera to my VCR, though this isn’t a necessity. It must be able to play directly on my TV however. The look doesn’t really matter much, so long as it produces decent picture and sound at a reasonable price. That’s my list.
So please any advice and info you could give me would be helpful.
Also please explain to me in as simple terms as you can.
I already checked out this site, but the info on it proved too technical.