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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...

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...

Canon HF-G25 with screen flipped

What shutter speed to film swimming?

Answer: You are correct that if you increase the shutter speed, the video image can look choppy; this is because the camcorder takes a faster look at each image and therefore there is less motion blur recorded. As such, when the images are played back...

Wedding image (courtesy www.freeimages.co.uk)

Filming weddings & stage shows

Answer: In weddings and stage shows, you’ve picked the two most technically challenging situations that a video camera can ever face. With extreme contrasts of dark and light – not to mention often wildly varying colour balance for the stage shows – these are very...