Cameras for Shooting HD Photos and HD Videos
Q: I intended to purchase an high definition digital model. I have decided that and I think that a point and shoot mode will be more appropriate for me than a mode of the SLR type. I got an HDTV, so I like to view my HD photos that I’ll be capturing on this TV. I also want to be able to record short HD modes sometimes. – M.O.
A: At the moment, if you are considering a point and shoot model, determine whether the still images of high quality which can be shown on your HDTV and the capacity to record short HD movies.
To obtain images with the sharpness and clarity on your HDTV, a model with the high resolution is recommended. The minimum resolution number should be 10 megapixels (MP) at minimum. In addition, the 16:9 shooting ratio needs to be included with the camera to help you obtain nice results which can be well displayed on your HDTV. Luckily, you will be satisfied with most newer point and shoot cameras now. There are a lot models for less than $300 that you can select to meet the above requirements.
Keep in mind that in a certain number of digital models, the 16:9 ratios are offered with limited resolution levels. For instance, if you see that the resolution of a camera is 10 MP at maximum, the 16:9 ratio is only offered with the 2 megapixel or 3 megapixel resolution. To ensure that the image quality is high enough for a good display on a HDTV of a large size, the images shot at the 16:9 ratio must be of high resolution. You should thoroughly check the maximum resolution of a camera when you shoot at the 16:9 ratio in the specifications list. This list is often located in the box or the manufacturer’s website of the camera. (Don’t forget that based on the quality and sized of your TV or monitor screen, your images still can be nicely shown, even when the resolution of the images is lower.
It is slightly tougher to seek for a point and shoot camera which has the capacity to record HD movies although now you can see more such camera in the market compared to one year previously. If the capacity to shoot HD movies is available is a digital mode, it will be nice to find that it is possible to capture short image, perhaps about 30 seconds.
Therefore, if you value the importance of HD movies more than with the still images of high quality, a camcorder will be nicer than a digital model. Or you may select dual cameras or digital SLR camera in the offering of high-end HD video capabilities.
Lastly, the largest capacity of a memory card is highly recommended for a model to capture about HD images and HD movies. It will require a very large space of memory card especially for recording HD movies.
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