Tripod Parts and Components Explained

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Tripod Parts

For anyone that like photography a tripod is a great help, no matter if they like to photograph landscapes, portraits, or any photographic genre.

The array and variety of them is awesome, and practically interested can find tripods that satisfy most of the needs of the interested persons. Designs and prices are so diverse that persons will have to take a considerable amount of time to notice what the characteristic of the individual items are.

To understand the different features of these articles is useful to have a look at its different parts. That was the source of the inspiration that resulted in the writing of this article. So let’s have a little deeper sight to which are the tripod parts that compound these items.

Tripod Heads

In some sense tripod heads are similar to other component of a camera, and for example different models show individual features that satisfy alternative needs. Many people buy a tripod, and then understand that wants to modify or directly replace the head of it, either because they want to upgrade the existent one, or simply they don’t like a particular characteristic. For this reason it is advisable that the buyer consider the details that for her or him , are important when using a tripod.

Center Column

The way in that the center column is set up is, or allowing to slide to manage the tripod height, or fixed to the main structure of it.

Also there are center columns especially designed to mount the camera even lower of the level of the chassis to facilitate the execution of macro shots or ground level pictures. The way in that many columns are kept in a fixed position is by using a friction collar that is applied for the lapse of time necessary to shot the photo or the scene of the movie.

Crank

The crank is a part that some tripods come with, and their purpose is to manipulate a lever in order to raise and lower the center column of the tripod. These kinds of parts are normally used on heavier tripods because they need some support to handle the column due to their excessive weight.

Upper Legs

Tripods legs come with upper and lower portions. The upper side of the legs is added where the legs are able to pivot outward and inward, and normally come with options that allow choosing different pivot angles.

The upper part of the leg is locked at the upper extreme of it to the head of the tripod itself. These upper legs are present in every single leg of the tripod, and can be handle independently. Depending on the model of tripod this upper parts of the legs can be also handle simultaneously, given the users the option to decide the mode that they can use according to the situation.

Handle

The Tripod has joints that allow the handle to pan, rotate and tilt the camera, helping the user to manipulate the machine without jostling the camera. There are many kinds of tripod handles, and it is important looking for the right model for our preferences and camera.

Leg Lock

Tripod Foot

Private YouTube Channel Starter Kit Findings

Youtube starter kit

Why to buy a YouTube Starter kit

If you research the chance of buying these kind of kits, you are going to learn hat the value of these bundles normally is quite evident. You are going to find that the cost of the kits is much lower than buying each product individually, especially if you are thinking to start your own Youtube channel which requires a more complete set of accessories to begin the task. Regardless of this fact, we thought that would be useful to review some products that we think are affordable and good quality for new YouTubers.

Before Buying it

When you take a look to the variety of items in each type of accessories, without a doubt you will be overwhelmed by the amount of items available. Because this fact we thought that for people interested in buying the necessary products to start a YouTube channel would be useful to access a compilation of items that will fulfill their expectations about these kinds of kits.

 What Do You Need in your YouTube Starter Kit?

Next we put together a short list of the necessary items to begin with your YouTube project.

A good Camera for a YouTube Starter Kit

Canon Vixia HF R800 Camcorder (Black) Review

The VIXIA HF R80 camcorder is an affordable and lightweight camcorder that allows you to record up to 6 hours,  which is great for people that is starting to put together a nice YouTube starter kit.

Beyond that this camera provides the flexibility of an extensive optical zoom that is is very handy for people who like to record videos about travel or outdoors subjects.

The item also comes with the versatile slow and fast recording that gives you an easy way to expand your abilities when producing your videos.

Good Value Microphone

Rode Microphone

Made in Australia the Video Mic GO is light weight and compact. Beyond that, this item produces a directional, clear, and crisp audio with simplicity of use as one of its main features. Other of its our favorites characteristics is the ability to focus in the sounds that are relevant for the task at hand, filtering the undesirable noises of the surroundings.

The construction material is thermoplastic which is used to form a single piece of hardware that helps the long life of the unit.

The settings are designed in a way that facilitates its operation without distracting the user of the most important aspects of their videoing activity.

Diverse Lighting for a YouTube Starter Kit

Raleno Lightning

This piece of equipment is compounded by: Two E27 5500K 85W 110V CFL bulbs; two 20” x 28” softbox windows; 2 x 27” – 80” height-adjustable light stand; 1 x portable tote from Oxford cloth. The sellers also shows a free 365 days service counter and lifetime customer support, and normally reply in less than 24 hours.

Technologic features like the dual soft light, the embossed stone on the silver which helps to diffuse the bulb light and the high quality soft 5070 Nylon cloth for smooth light flow makes this unit especially worthy.

Talking about the output provided by its bulbs, this is alike 800W of a regular electric bulb, and make the item usable for the outstanding amount of 8000 hours.

Tripod

AmazonBasics Lightweight Tripod With Bag

This nice 50 inches tripod will help you to record professional grade pictures with the help of its adjustable height feature which makes easy to acquire great stability and achieve the desired angle for your perfect shot.

The great deal about the AmazonBasics Lightweight Camera Mount Tripod is that can be use by amateurs or professional photographers equally, and also the ability to adapt to a huge amounts of camcorders, video and photo cameras.

The tripod’s three-way head allows top notch versatility and allows the easy change of the orientation of the camera to apply different approaches when shooting the recordings.

The unit also comes with a quick-release mounting plate to remove the machine from the tripod, avoiding the annoying slow transitions between shots and quick mobility.

SD card and Batteries for your YouTube Starter Kit Camera

SanDisk SD Card and Nikon Battery

The last couple of hardware that are indispensable in these sorts of bundles are the SD card and the battery which are some kind of obvious items to get, but we also think that a good choice could mark a difference in the result of the duration  of the videos that are intended to be shot. There is little doubt that Nikon and SanDisk are companies that give you confidence and variety of alternatives products to satisfy your needs.

Video editing software

There are several software editors in the market but our opinion is that the most convenient for YouTube channels starters kits are MOVAVi and VSDC. The firs is a prestigious firm that has been working on these types of programs for a while,  and the second is a great program for beginners,  especially thought for persons that are not yet familiarized with these softwares.

Next we have choose some kits that can be useful for people that are looking for these kinds of kits:

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with Canon EF-S 18-55mm Image Stabilization II Lens, Sandisk 32GB SDHC Memory Cards, Accessory Bundle

This kit is a great example of the value that you get with these types of bundles. The items together are not expensive, if you consider the number of accessories that you acquire. With this kit you are going to get all what you need to start your YouTube adventure.

The camera that comes with it is reasonably light, and the quality of the photos is Canon standard, which means a lot.

Also for your peace of mind all the items that you see in the photos on Amazon are included in the package. The Vivitar lenses are of good level and the tripod, if well secured, achieves its goal.

All in all, if we consider the price of the package, it is a great unit to start in these kinds of disciplines. Generally the bundle is also good value for people that want to buy this camera, and is able to add a few bucks to get a nice amounts of add-ons.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS(Black)with 12x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi with Deluxe Starter Kit Including 32GB SDHC

For starters, let’s say that the highlight of this bundle is the compactness, which with the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS as a main item and the tabletop tripod make possible to carry it with a very little hassle. YouTubers use to go all over the place and for them this YouTube starter kit is singularly useful. Besides the camera have an affordable price and a simple usage, without to be complicated to handle especially for starters in the YouTube channels world.

As usual in these types of packages, the biggest lure is the Camera, and in this case we think that for beginners this product represents really good value, considering that with a little investment you get a lot of extras.

Movo Smartphone Video Rig Kit V7 with Grip Rig, Stereo Microphone, LED Light and Wireless Remote – YouTube, TIK Tok, Vlogging Equipment for iPhone/Android Smartphone Video Kit

This smartphone Video Kit is a good alternative for people that that don’t really need a camera. Beyond to be quite cost effective, the equipment will help to instantly enhance their smartphone videos. The bundle is useful for persons that are starting a YouTube channel, creating a documentary or just recording their vacations.

The light weight and small size is great for people that travel around often, and the hard case that is included is specifically for them.

Also the set up is simple and fast, helping to avoid missing the perfect moment to capture the best shot.

The PR-1 smartphone rig add stability and versatile mounting options for the different accessories, and the LED light is a great help when you face low light conditions. The VXR50 Pro Stereo microphone with its stereo sound is also a highlight of the set.

YouTube Starter Kit Wrap Up

As we have seen the alternatives of these kinds of kits are numerous and can be found in many internet retailers. The price is greatly influenced by the quality of the camera, so the strategy that we advice is to choose a camera and then look for the kit in which is included and choose the best value package.

Nikon D3300 Specs

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Nikon D3100 Main Specs

D3300 Shutter Specs

  • Type: Electronically  vertical-travel focal-plane shutter controlled
  • Flash sync speed: X=1/200 sec
  • Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec

Viewfinder Specs

  • Frame coverage: 95% horizontal and 95% vertical approx.
  • Magnification: 0.85x  Approx.
  • Eyepoint: 18mm (-1.0m¯¹)
  • Diopter adjustment: -1.7 to + 0.5m¯¹
  • Reflex mirror: Quick return style
  • Lens aperture: Instant return type

Nikon D3300 Specs Table

Effective Pixels 24.2 million
ISO sensitivityISO 100 - 12,800
Monitor Size3.0 in. diagonal
Dimensions4.88 x 2.99 x 3.86 in.
Weight15.2 ounces.
Battery 1 Li-ion EN-EL14

Pixels

  • Image sensor:23.5 mm 15.6 mm
  • Effective pixels: 24.2 million
  • Total pixels:24.7 million
  • Dust limiting method: Image sensor cleaning
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Nikon D3300 Video Specs

Nikon D3100 Specs and Details

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Nikon D3100 Main Specs

D3100 Shutter Specs

  • Type: Electronically  vertical-travel focal-plane shutter controlled
  • Flash sync speed: X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  • Speed: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Viewfinder Specs

  • Frame coverage: 95% horizontal and 95% vertical approx.
  • Magnification: 0.8 x 50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1 approx.
  • Eyepoint: 18 mm. -1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens
  • Diopter adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
  • Reflex mirror: Quick return
  • Lens aperture: Instant return, electronically controlled

Nikon D3100 Specs Table

Video OutputNTSC, PAL
ISO sensitivityISO 100 to 3200
Metering methodMatrix
Dimensions4.9 x 3 x 3.8 in.
Weight13. lbs.
Battery 1 Li-ion EN-EL14

Pixels

  • Image sensor: 23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
  • Effective pixels: 14.2 million
  • Total pixels: 14.8 million
  • Dust limiting method: Image sensor cleaning, Airflow Control System, Dust Off reference data
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Nikon D3100 Video Specs

Nikon D3200 Specs and Details

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Nikon D3200 Main Specs

D3200 Shutter Specs

  • Type: Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with electronic controls
  • Flash sync speed: X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  • Speed: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Viewfinder Specs

  • Frame coverage: Nearly 95% vertical and 95% horizontal
  • Magnification: 0.8 x 50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1 approx.
  • Eyepoint: 18 mm. -1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens
  • Diopter adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
  • Reflex mirror: Quick return
  • Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen

Nikon D3200 Specs Table

USBHi-Speed USB
ISO sensitivity100 to 6400
Active D-Lightingoff,on
Dimensions4.9 x 3 x 3.8 in.
Weight1. lbs.
Battery 1 lithium included

Pixels

  • Image sensor: 23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
  • Effective pixels: 24.2 million
  • Total pixels: 24.7 million
  • Dust limiting method: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data
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Nikon D3200 Video Specs

Canon 70D Specs and Details

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Canon 70D Main Specs

 70D  Shutter Specs

  • Shutter life: 100000 cicles
  • Type: electronically-controlled focal plane
  • Speed: 30 to 1/8,000 second

Viewfinder Specs

  • Coverage: Nearly  98%  horizontally and vertically
  • Magnification: Nearly  0.95x / 27.9° (50mm lens at ∞, -1m-1 dpt)
  • Dioptric Adjustment Correction:: Adjustable from approx. -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (dpt)
  • Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)

Canon 70D Specs Table

Display Form FactorFolding
ISO sensitivity100 to 6400
Multiple Exposure mode overlay2 to 9 images
Dimensions5.5 x 3.1 x 4.1 in.
Weight1.66 lbs.
Battery life920 shots

Pixels

  • Image sensor: 20.2 megapixel, APS-C CMOS
  • DOT count: 720 x 480 pixel
  • HD video: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • VGA mode: 640 x 480 pixels
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Canon 70d Video Specs

Sony A6000 Specs And Details

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Sony A6000 Main Specs

A6000 Shutter Specs

  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 per second
  • Min Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
  • x-sync Speed: 1/160 per second

Viewfinder Specs

  • Viewfinder Type: OLED
  • Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.39 inches
  • Viewfinder Color: Color
  • Viewfinder Resolution: 1440000 pixels

Pixels

  • Total Pixels: 24700000 pixels
  • Effective Sensor Resolution:: 24300000 pixels
  • Display Format: 921,600 pixels
  • Viewfinder Resolution: 1440000 pixels

Sony A6000 Video Specs

Nikon D5300 Specs and Details

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Nikon D5300 Main Specs

D5300 Shutter Specs

  • Type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
  • Flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  • Speed: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time

Viewfinder Specs

  • Frame coverage: Nearly 95% vertical and 95% horizontal
  • Magnification: 0.82x 50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1 approx.
  • Eyepoint: 18 mm. -1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens
  • Diopter adjustment: -1.7 to +1.0 m-1
  • Reflex mirror: Quick return
  • Lens aperture: Electronically controlled and instant return

Pixels

  • Image sensor: 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
  • Effective pixels: 24.2 million
  • Total pixels: 24.78 million
  • Dust limiting method: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data

Nikon D5300 Video Specs

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder Review

Where To Buy It

        Amazon

    Editors Rating

    Buyers Rating

  Value For The Money

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder Review

Highlights Of the Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder

  • Advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with Improved Low-light Performance
  • 3.5-inch OLED Viewscreen
  • Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization System
  • 20x High Definition Optical Zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® Technology with FTP Transfer Capability.
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Highlight priority mode 

VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder Specs.

  • Sensor: 2136 x 1362 pixels
  • Resolution: 1.23 million dots
  • Display size: 3.5 in.

Pros

  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Excellent low light performance
  • Efficient dynamic range
  • Great image stabilizer
  • Remarkable image quality

Cons

  • Deserves better AF
  • WiFi is difficult to setup

Verdict

One thing that we liked a lot when we built the Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder review is that the camera comes with an awesome 20x zoom for this kinds of  VIXIA Camcorders, and even though it is still not at the level of other camcorders made by Canon, it is at a great level.

The AF is also good, but not as quick as the HF R800. We think that the AF shouldn’t be the main reason to purchase the HF G40.

Other aspect that we consider positive is that the size, without been excessively big, is substantial enough to get a good handle of the camera.

In low light the performance is remarkable for its price range, and you won’t find many camcorders that gives you this low light images quality for this price. Besides that, the camera displays also extraordinary outcome regarding scenes that are recorded in low contrast situations, showing a softness that makes look the images really attractive after the editing process.

All in all, we think that without been an extraordinary camcorder like the Canon VIXIA HF R800 , the item still represents good value.

Video-Unboxing the Canon VIXIA HF G40

Camera Connectivity

The VIXIA HF G4o comes with a Built-in, dual-band (5 GHz/2.4 GHz) Wi-Fi technology that allows sharing HD videos using several methods. You can connect with wireless hotspots, compatible networks, and iOS smartphones using the free Canon Movie Uploader application.  It is also possible to share videos using the internet with the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# that is an online photo storage service that allows uploading to social networking sites, and finally transferring files to selected FTP servers if you need it.

The camera also is able to be used wirelessly to watch videos stored on the camera’s memory cards, and use your computer or smartphone to browse remotely videos that had been recorded earlier with a remote browse function that not requires a special application.

This WiFi feature also makes possible to manage remotely the camera’s controls like; zoom in different speeds, recording start/stop, focus modes,  and exposure functions.

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Memory Cards Speeds

Manual Controls

Although the manual controls are very good, it is needed to adjust them in the touch screen every time that you do a recording. This feature called custom key and dial, make possible to use functions like the one that adjust the aperture and the shutter speed, the manual exposure that makes that when the manual control is chosen the dial is able to adjust speed, aperture, gain and shutter speed or exposure lock that can be set on or off.

The camera also comes with controls that help to improve the composition, like for example level the marker feature, which enhance the right camcorder level for a more exact framing or the grid marker that gives you a reference grid for the viewfinder. You can choose between gray or white according to the background color of your shot for better viewing contrast.

The manual controls of the Canon VIXIA HF G40 allows to setup the Gain in a range from 0 dB to 24 dB with 1 dB increments, and beyond that, the auto Gain Control Limit permits us to input the maximum gain limit for the sensitivity of the image sensor. The result of this , is that noise and brightness can be setup to achieve a proper balance.

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder Zoom

This Canon VIXIA camcorder displays a original 20x HD Video Lens with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8–576mm with a minimum object distance of just 23.6 inches. It reduces flare with the addition of a sophisticated  filter which also avoids other annoying effects that distort the delivery of neat images.

Also the 8 blade Circular Aperture reduces a starburst distortion that is often seen in some camcorders which lack  of circular apertures.

For people that are gifted with a professional touch, the manual focus ring is perfect to achieve accurate control and extra flexibility using the manual focus to set the zoom. Beyond that the power zoom can be applied in constant or variable settings that allow; Fast from 1.9 to 60 seconds, normal from 2.5 to 180 seconds, and Slow from 4.0–285 seconds modes. In addition to that the constant mode displays 16 stages.

Video Recording

This Camcorder from Canon shows excellent AVCHD and MP4 recordings execution, being especially remarkable the 1080/60p recording which captures fast-moving objects neatly. The edges of the moving subjects are rendered with awesome details adding improved tonal gradation and realistic color.  Also with a maximum bit rate of 28 Mbps for AVCHD recording, the camera is able to capture images utilizing the useful MP4 format at up to 35 Mbps as well.

The item also comes with a Native 24p Progressive Mode that can records up to 24 frames per second, for persons that like a more classic cinematographic style.

Beyond that, the dual recording can be used at the same time to record AVCHD format videos to one of the SD card, and in MP4 to the other card.  The AVCHD format is thought to allow watching videos on a high definition television, and also to keep them in Blue-ray discs.

To switch from the SD card that is full to the alternative card, the HF G40 uses “In Relay Recording” to facilitate the use of the feature.

Wide DR Gamma and Highlight Priority Mode

This VIXIA Camcorder shows the Wide DR Gamma mode to record more realistic images that capture what the user is really watching. The mode works suppressing the overexposure in areas that presents excessive illumination. Also the tone degradation is almost nonexistent thanks to the wide dynamic range of 600%.

The highlight priority mode is intended to record realistic and saturated colors and to transmit gradation features as is perceived by the human eye. It also helps to avoid lack of detail in highly illuminated zones limiting mid to high brightness compression of the standard gamma mode. To ensure the optimal use of the effect, the recordings should be captured in Highlight Priority using the high brightness setting.

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Manual

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Buyers Opinion

Buyer 1:

The camera itself shows awesome performance and is a huge improvement from my beginner camera. If it were not for the complicated menu, I would say that the camera is nearly perfect. Even though, I am far from be a professional, I expected to get a nice camera to record family episodes, and that is what I got.

Buyer 2:

I am happy with the VIXIA HF G40 because I was looking for a camcorder from Canon that were not excessively small, like the most of the new models of these kinds o cameras are nowadays. The reason why is, because I have a big hand, and I don’t feel comfortable managing a camera that is too tiny. Being that said, I cannot complain and the grip that I get when using this camera is almost perfect.

Buyer 3:

In my opinion the best of this Camcorder is great image stabilization that can be compared with the same feature of several top of the line video cameras. Also the selectable function buttons works well, and the remote control is a nice addition. The only drawback is that the WiFi is not easy to set up.

Buyer 4:

This VIXIA captures neat images, and the audio is really good. I also think that the dual memory card capability is extremely useful for people like me that like to record long videos, meaning that you will not get interrupted in the middle of a session for lack of storage in your card. Besides, the data can be transferred via the WiFi connectivity, and the necessary software to do that can be downloaded online.

Buyer 5:

If you consider that this camera comes with a 1/2″ sensor, the picture quality is more than acceptable. The low light performance is another interesting outcome when using this Camcorder, and I was positively surprised with the quality of the images. Nevertheless for some people can be kind of noisy,  overall this is a good product. The conclusion is that for this amount of money the item is good value.

Q&A

Question: Does it work well with an external Mic?

Answer: The performance is good, providing that you use a good microphone. In short depends on the quality of the microphone that you use.

Question: Does the camera package include a remote control? And is it possible to use it with a tripod?

Answer: It comes with a remote control, and yes it is mountable.

Question: Can you do live steaming using a PC?

Answer: Yes it is possible with most of the desktops, and it is only needed to have the jacks and cables that you will use.

Question: Which is the angle that can shoot?

Answer: It comes with a 35mm equivalent of 26.8-576mm with a minimum object distance of 23.6 inches.

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder Review Wrap Up

Even though the VIXIA HF G40 was discontinued, it is still possible to get it on Amazon. We think that one of the reasons why Canon is not producing the camera anymore, is because its strange menu display, which is very cumbersome making annoying when recording images. Its a shame, because the machine has several high quality features that are difficult to find in Camcorders in this price range. Anyways we have many reviews of availables Camcorder cameras that suits different flavors and requirements.

Finding The Best 4K Camcorder Today

When talking about the 4k technology, sometimes get scared about the fact that maybe the topic could be too technical. That is why is a good idea to get some help when you look for the Best 4K Camcorder.

For starters let’s learn a little what 4k technology is, and what the differences with alternative ways for video recording are.

This feature is recognized for its horizontal display resolution of around 4,000 pixels, and the 4K format is today the standard that most of the fans of sophisticated camcorder cameras with great resolution look for.

The main attraction of the footages that are recorded in 4k pixels format is that the images are incredibly neat and realistic, and satisfy the necessity of lifelike that many users of camcorder intend to get when recording scenes with video cameras.

To find the machine that is the right one according to your requirements will make you analyze some features like; Sound functions, customization capability, memory, connectivity, and video characteristics.

In order to achieve the desired outcome, we have chosen sometimes the best quality, and sometimes the best value 4k camcorders for the money, and then reviewing them for you to make an informed decision when purchasing your new camera.

Sony FDR AX53 4k ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Obviously the interested on these kinds of cameras look mainly at the 4k feature of the product, but in the case of the Sony FDR AX53 4k camcorder there  is an extra bonus, which is a featured called B.O.S.S, that is the image stabilizer that comes with the camera. We have been impressed of the efficiency for handheld usage that the item displays. The feature even allows executing great quality shooting in a wide angle meanwhile you are in movement and without the necessity of using a tripod.

Talking about the sensor, it is true that there are models that shows bigger features, but is also true that normally they are not only more expensive, but also have many outdated features when comparing with the FDR AX53 4k camcorder.

Also the 4K video feature works awesome on a HD monitor and in a 1080p scale, but if you use a 4k monitor the images will show the textured areas livelier, and certainly seem more palpable than in 1080p.

Other important point is the memory card, and if you want to get the best of this camera you will need a good SDXC card that will allow you do longer and better quality shootings.

Specifications

  • 16.6MP
  • 3.0″ LCD
  • 20x optical zoom in 4k and 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4k
  • 4K Time-lapse capture
  • Weight: 3.2oz.

 

Features

  • Balanced Optical Steady Shot
  • Built-in Zoom Microphone
  • Exmor R sensor
  • Wi-Fi/NFC

Panasonic HC-WFX991K 4k ultra HD Camcorder

First of all we would like to say that the HC-WFX991K video camcorder comes with a great stabilization feature, and the quality of the low light images is also remarkable.

Beyond that, the built-in microphone is good enough to capture sounds at a reasonable distance and block undesirable noise.

This camera comes with most of what people need to dip the toe in the water, and you will need a quality memory card to get the most of this 4k camcorder of nearly 128GB size. Beyond that, the Panasonics video editing software is available, but the reality is that most people prefer softwares like for example the Adobe Premier that gives you a greater spectrum o possibilities.

This item shows an ample variety of features like; time elapsed camera capability, smartphone connectivity, and even a baby monitor utility with smart alerts.

Also mobility is not a problem, due that its light weight and appropriate size make it very easy to carry it with you.

The product also gives the alternative to use an external microphone in case that you don’ like the one that is built in the Panasonic HC-WFX991K 4k ultra HD Camcorder.

If you need a compact and cool video camera, and you are just getting into camcorders, this is a reasonable priced camera that will be a great product to begin with.

Specifications

  • Optical zoom 20x
  • Screen: 3 in.
  • Dimensions:6.4 x 2.7 x 3 in.
  • Weight: 14.2 oz.
  • Resolution: 4k

 

 

Features

  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • High dynamic range
  • External microphone jack
  • External headphones jack

JVC Everio Camcorder 4K

Beyond the 4k capability, the ‘EVERIO” shows some other features like dust and water proof, low temperature, and the ability of shooting nearly 4.5 hours in a row thanks to its built in high performance battery.

Its JVC 4K GT lens combined with the FALCONBRID 4K allow good quality high definition 4K video recording due that the JVC 4K GT Lens improves accuracy to match the 4K resolution of the GT lens that adapts the performance that make possible the high-definition rendering.

Also the camera displays the ability to achieve still images showing 8.000.000 pixels and also achieves 29.9 mm wide angle with great image quality. Beyond that, the difficult in movement images shows a good quality, which is something difficult to find in 4k camcorders.

The 4K time lapse photography and HD slow motion shooting is supported, allowing the shooting of dynamic landscapes without affecting the high quality of the pictures

Also the presence of the double SD card slot permit constant and concurrent recording using both SD cards, achieving a staggering  maximum of about 28 hours 4k shooting time.

Finally the Reflection Reduced LCD Monitor helps to enhance the visibility when shooting in over exposed conditions, making possible to visualize the objects no matter how intense is the luminosity.

Specifications

  • 1 / 2.3 type back illuminated CMOS sensor 18.91 million pixels
  • Monitor: 16: 9 wide 3.0
  • Minimum subject illuminance: 3 lux
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 3.1 x 3 in.
  • Weight: 1.37 lbs.

 

Features

  • Shake Reduction: Electronic
  • AC adapter
  • Power cord
  • Water and dust proof

Canon XA40 4K Professional Video Camcorder Camera

The idea behind this model of Canon camcorder is to give reliable and consistent high quality shootings up to 4K 30p for the professional youtuber or videographers that wants to upgrade their abilities with a more sophisticated camera.

Once they learn the Canon XA40 4K strengths and drawbacks, they will be able to get nice and professional results that will make their work looks much more developed.

The usage is easy, and gives you the possibility to manage it manually or in auto mode immediately after charge the battery.

As most of the Canon cameras the AF is quick and reliable in normal situations, and decent in poorer conditions, which is helped for the excellent image stabilization that works remarkably well.

The zoom has several speeds options, and allows to be used in different speed ranges. Its capacity comes within a range between 29.3mm and 601mm, with a brightness of f/1.8-2.8.

The low light performance is appropriate and show detailed images that can be seen clearly. In normal light conditions the image quality is great with realistic and vivid colors.

The built in microphone works properly, but if someone wants a more sophisticated sound can add their own particular mic.

 

Specifications

  • Optical zoom lens: 20k
  • Recording: 4K UHD 30p
  • Screen size: 3 in.
  • Video resolution: 4K, 1080p
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 3.3 in.
  • Weight: 4.5 oz.

Features

  • 5 axis image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • CMOS Optical Sensor Technology
  • Color: Black

Black Magic 4K Video Cameras With EF Mounts

Even though the low light performance of the Black Magic 4K Video Camera is not optimal, the product manage to display great quality, and the results of the shooting in normal light condition are of professional level.

Also the item is aesthetically attractive, and its design is of a sturdy construction which is great if you add it to the fact that the images that produce are very sharp, and easy to manage with the useful and simple touch screen.

The size of the sensor is 35, which combined with the 4k high resolution will help to get a whole new level of professionalism to your work.

Also,  if you add the EF mount optics to the professionally designed shutter, and the 12 stops of dynamic range the results will be as good as it gets.

The bundle consist of power supply, sun shield, a carry strap, the UltraScope waveform monitoring software and also the complete version of DaVinci Resolve software for windows and Mac OS X.

The product also shows a compressed CinemaDNG RAW with the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) file recording that gives you a full video recording experience.

Specifications

  • Sensor size: 35 mm
  • Resolution: 4k
  • Monitor: 6G-SDI output
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.2 x 5 in.
  • Weight: 3.75 lbs.

 

Features

  • Global shutter
  • Wide angle lenses
  • Built in SSD recorder
  • EF lenses compatible

Panasonic HC-V770 4k Camcorder Camera

The Picture quality of the Panasonic HC-V770 4k is great, and has the ability to capture slow motion at 120 fps creating a file that is twice as long as the one that was filmed, showing it at 60fps. This feature is just an example of the extraordinary effects that can be achieved when using this camera.

Also when the 120fps video is still at 1080p looks awesome, and if you slow it down using an editing software, the images look even better.

Some of the mode that can be used with this product require a big amount of memory, so be prepared to get a memory card of appropriate size and also some extra battery, just in case that is necessary to swap it.

The camera comes with a 20x Optical Zoom with 4-drive lens system, and a high dynamic range movie function. The 1080p camera also shots great images in normal or low light conditions.

The connectivity is provided by the Wi-Fi feature that allows viewing via the Panasonic smartphone app, remote shooting and picture-in-picture style video recording using a smartphone as a sub camera. Live stream is also possible and the feature even permits to be used like baby monitor.

Another ability that we consider especially useful is the chance of shooting images from 2 different angles, using the smartphone as a second camera.

Summarizing, we think that the camera is an excellent product, and with the actual price becomes an excellent value product.

Specifications

  • Zoom: 20x
  • Focal length: 4.08 to 81.6
  • Standard illumination: 1400 lx
  • Dimensions: 4 x 8.1 x 5.8 in.
  • Weight: 1.72 lbs.

 

Features

  • Remote Pan Tilt Cradle compatible
  • HDR Movie Feature
  • Wireless Twin Camera
  • Remote Shooting and View

Sony FDR-Ax100 4K Camcorder Handycam Ultra HD

The camera shows an excellent video quality, but we think it deserves a better image stabilization ability. The management is easy for people that is familiarized with other models of Sony camcorders, but can be a little confusing for people that never handle these types of Sony cameras. Other drawback that we have seen commented about often is the AF, which is considered slow for this level of quality products.

In short, if the camera is properly stabilized with like for example a tripod, the image quality performance is not easy to match, and landscaping videography will show excellent results.

Full auto works ok. , but you will get better results when using it manually, which sometimes is not practical, because you can miss the perfect moment while you are choosing the right settings.

The camera can be operated in several modes like; Semi-auto, which comes with Iso, iris, shutter speed and gain, full auto, and manually.

The zoom capability is a feature that worth to remark, because the digital zoom gives you the possibility to enhance the optimal zoom level to 160x, which we think that something that is not common in cameras of these price range.

 

Specifications

  • Video resolution: 14MP
  • Still image resolution: 20MP
  • Filter Diameter: 2.44 in.
  • Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 5.4 in.
  • Weight: 1.74 lbs.

 

Features

  • High-frame-rate shooting at 120p
  • Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine
  • Fixed-Zoom lens
  • 1” image sensor
  • XAVC-S format

Cheap 4K Camcorder Video Camera KOT Bundle

The camera is light, the audio works well and is simple to use. It also comes with a microphone of good quality that works properly even in windy days.

The kit comes with macro lens, extra batteries, external light and microphone, and a cute carrying bag, but it is odd that the SD card is not included.

To be honest the camera is not intended to be used by a professional, but given the price and the amount of accessories included in the bundle ,we think that the product shows some value for people that is walking his way to a higher level in videography.

The video capability provides 4K 2880×2160 (24FPS) video resolution, Max 48MP image resolution and comes with a 13MP CMOS sensor and a 16X Digital Zoom without AF. The touch screen is 3.0 inches with 270 degrees rotation.

The WiFi feature allows that if you download the “NovaCam” APP at the App Store, the camera can be managed using a mobile device or even a tablet to browse images, preview, and also download files from the camera to them in order to share the files when shooting a video or taking pictures.

Specifications

  • Video resolution:  4K 2880×2160
  • Touch screen size: 3.0
  • Lens wide: 0.39X 2 in.
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 in.
  • Weight: 2 lbs.

Features

  • 16X digital zoom
  •  WiFi capability
  • Infrared night vision
  • Supports recording while charging the batteries

Camcorder 4k Video Camera, ORDRO  Kit

Starting for the positives, we have to say that the sound of the microphone that comes with this camera is of a decent quality and records good sound without major interferences. Also the panoramic view provided by the wide angle lens of the camera is also ok. The touch screen does the job, and the WiFi feature permits to connect the camera to a mobile device using the VF cam app to check the results of the shooting displaying a preview.

The night vision performance is also of acceptable quality, and makes possible the shooting in low light conditions.

Now, just talk of the main drawback of this camera. The battery life is really low, and many buyers of this product got really annoyed with the issue. We really think that the camera is a very good value product considering the price, but we also think that the item deserves better quality batteries.

Finally, the camera is a real 4K Camcorder showing a video resolution of 4K 3840×2160 30FPS that gives you the chance of recording realistic and neat images. The IPS screen is 3.1 in. that is the standard size that these kinds of items come with, and the image processing chip is ½.3-inch from Sony.

Specifications

  • Video resolution: 4K 3840×2160 30FPS
  • Screen size: 3.1 in.
  • Lens angle: 2 in 1 wide
  • Dimensions: 17.7 x 12 x 4 in.
  • Weight: 4.41 lbs.

 

Features

  • 13MP Sony Sensor
  • Stereo Microphone
  • Night Vision
  • WiFi

Besungo Ultra HD 4K Camcorder Video Camera Combo

The main advantage of buying this camera is that comes with many complementary articles. Naturally the quality is according to the price, and the camera is clearly intended to satisfy new users of these kinds of camcorders.

The camera is small and considering that can shot 4k resolutions recordings and is at half of the price than other 4k camcorders, we think that is a good value for the money item.

Connectivity is something that we really value when we analyze camcorders, and in that sense this item gives the opportunity to connect to a mobile device for live streaming, and a PC or MAC to edit the shootings.

Vloggers that are starting in this activity will get the chance to know the basics of shooting 4k resolution videos at a price that is very difficult to find.

Also this 4K Camcorder is able to shot in slow motion, motion detection mode, loop recording, HDR, time-lapse video, Anti-shaking, record audio, and date stamp.

The rechargeable mic that comes in the bundle adds more value to it and permits longer shootings.

Definitely we recommend it for teenagers or beginners that want to learn about videography without spending a great amount of money.

Specifications

  • Memory card capacity: 32 G
  • Screen size: 3 in.
  • Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.9 x 2.5 in.
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs.

 

 

Features

  • Large capacity memory card included
  • 2.4 G Remote Control
  • File Format: JPEG,MP4
  • IR Night Vision

Finding The Best 4K Camcorder Today Wrap Up

There is no doubt that there is a huge amount of 4k camcorders out there, but it is also true that find the adequate item for our individual taste is not easy. We sincerely think that we can say “mission accomplished”  when we see the reviews that we compiled in this article. The idea was to show an ample variety of products that could satisfy persons with different necessities, and we think that we achieved the goal comprehensively.