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Sony PXW-X70

Best entry-level pro camcorder

In August last year, we wrote a guide to the best low-cost camcorder that could reasonably be classed as “professional”, notwithstanding that these days professionals do in fact shoot their masterpieces on anything from a GoPro or iPhone upwards. To a large extent that article...

Canon EOS 7D

Which camcorder for stage show?

First of all, yes, the HF-G25 is essentially the same as an XA10 minus the XLR audio inputs (not a problem if another camera will take the stage audio feed – ideally not the DSLR as they have awful audio circuitry and no balanced inputs)...

Canon Legria HF-G25

What shutter speed for filming rugby?

Answer: Despite what some may suggest, video should really always be shot at 1/50th shutter (1/60th in NTSC countries) because that gives you just the right amount of motion blur between frames for the video to look smooth when it’s played back. Whilst a slower...

Sony CX900 from side

Which of 3 cameras is best?

Answer: It’s not easy to give a straightforward answer to which is “best” but perhaps we can provide some pointers. First of all, none of them are bad camcorders! They all provide excellent pictures, can do decent sound and have a mix of auto and...

Sony NX3 camcorder from the front

How to film an interview in 22 easy steps!

The interview is one of the most used elements in video, from TV news to documentaries. It ought to be straightforward to film – but dig down and there’s a lot to think about. We hope this step-by-step guide might come in handy. For simplicity’s sake,...

Edius 7 render dialogue

What format for web video?

Answer:  You have indeed got things slightly confused, if you don’t mind us saying. So let’s just recap interlacing and progressive:- Interlacing is a way of dealing with video images that came about decades ago when TV was first designed. Imagine each frame of a...

Canon XA20

What camcorder for a drag racing team?

Answer: The main problem you have is that what you are filming is the most challenging environment for both a video camera and its operator. For the night-time events you have extremes of bright light (because of the floodlights near the starting line) and great...

Nikon D3200

Decent low light and audio in a cheap camcorder?

Answer There is no camcorder in your price range that will handle low light well. In fact I’d go so far as to say there is no camcorder under £2,500 that will handle low light at all well. DSLRs tend to be better in low...