July 11

An Introduction to Video Cameras: A Composite Post with Multiple Links to Video Camera Articles

How To Decide What Type of Video Camera You Need

The first thing anyone wanting to learn how to make video must do is get their hands on a video camera and learn how to use it.

This page is full of links to posts here on VPT that will explain the basics of video cameras. There are so many to choose from, which is best for you?

Video Cameras Compared - Canon video camcorder


The answer to that question depends on:

  • How you want to use the camera?
  • What kind of videos you plan to make?
  • Do you need the camera to be compatible with other equipment, such as microphones or your editing system?
  • Are there certain specifications you MUST have?
  • What is your video camera budget?

There is no one “best” video camera! Which one is best for you depends on the factors listed above.

high school video student working
My students videotaped many school events. Here is Robert, videotaping the school’s beauty pageant.

Like most products, video cameras can be categorized into groups of similar products.  So we have high-end cameras that only a big-budget film would use.  From there on, there is a wide spectrum of quality and prices down to the simplest pocket camera.  Each has pros and cons.  Each has specific uses it is best suited for.  For example, larger cameras are generally higher quality with more bells and whistles, but the large size can make them prohibitive for some assignments.

The more you learn about the many different video cameras available, the better you will be able to discern quickly what features you want, need, or enjoy.  Hopefully, at school you will have access to a variety of styles, so you can gain experience with all of them.


gopro hd hero
The GoPro Hero is a tiny, but incredibly durable video camera used for hands-free action shots. The Go Pro revolutionized the videotaping of daredevil sports activities.


Rest assured, that no matter what kind of video camera you get, virtually all of today’s camcorders get a good image. To a certain extent, you can not really go wrong if image quality is your lone concern.

One thing to keep in mind is whether you wish to edit your footage or not. If you do want to edit, make sure whatever file format your camera shoots is compatible with whichever video editing program you want to use.  If you’re in a group working on projects, you’ll need everybody to be compatible, which can get difficult, which is the drawback to having so many choices on the market.

video camera mounted to a car

Corporations that sell video products are often in competition, so video formats can be proprietary and kept secret by the company.   This is the main reason why there are so many different formats, and not just one universal format that works great every time.  Don’t we all wish!


  • Name three things you need to consider when trying to decide which video camera is best for you.
  • In your own words, explain why there is no one single BEST video camera.
  • What is the best way to learn about video cameras?
canon vixia hv40
Canon Vixia HV 40

For further research, here is a list of posts covering all aspects of video cameras.

Different grades, or levels of video cameras explained.

What to look for when buying a video camera.

Where to get good deals on video equipment

Using a Flip Cam

Cell Phone Video Production

Benefits of Webcams

Using a DSLR Camera for Video


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