3 Steps That’ll Greatly Improve The Video From Your Pocket Camcorder
Pocket camcorders have come on in leaps and bounds since they were first introduced to the market a few years ago, and most now boast HD resolution. That said, the small design means they are a little limited in features, and video doesn’t always come out the way you want it.
If you want to make the most out of your pocket camcorder and produce the highest quality video you possibly can, then here are 3 key tips to improve your shots:
1) Shoot In Bright Conditions
Pocket camcorders can create some excellent quality video, but the conditions have to be right. This usually means making sure you shoot your videos in good daylight. As soon as it starts to get dark, you’ll find that images look more murky and colors look less vibrant. For best results, record your videos in bright daylight, or use external lights to keep your subject bright. If you do this, your videos can actually come out looking pretty good.
2) Use A Tripod
Unfortunately, pocket camcorders are known to create shaky recordings. Most cameras and camcorders have an image stabilization feature built in, designed to act against shaky handheld movements. The best cameras do this by moving parts of the lens, but cheaper camcorders (including pocket camcorders) do this digitally, which can lead to a loss in image quality.
To help avoid shaky videos, try to use a tripod wherever you can. Most camcorders will come with a tripod connector built in, and there are a number of portable, mini tripods available to buy at low cost. Although you may not be able to use a tripod in every situation, it’ll greatly improve your picture quality when you can.
3) Don’t Zoom In
Most camcorders have the ability to zoom in, making it easier to record subjects that are further away. There are two types of zoom: digital and optical. The latter is much higher quality, though unfortunately there’s just no space for it on a pocket camcorder. As such, they all use digital zoom that’ll greatly reduce the quality of your image.
If you really want a good quality video then you’re going to have to forget the zoom function completely. Instead, try to get a little closer to your subject. As an additional benefit, staying close to the subject of your video can also help create clearer audio.
Although it’s true that pocket camcorders can never live up to the quality and features you’ll find in a full-sized camcorder, you may actually be surprised at the video quality you achieve when you take some time to do things the right way.