Are Camcorders Dead?

Discussion in 'Video' started by TCSJordan, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. TCSJordan

    TCSJordan SC Regular

    Oct 22, 2011
    Hey everyone,

    I just finished making this little video, it has my feelings on the value of camcorders now that all our cameras can take such nice video. I used the Sony RX10 as an example of the best all-in-one package for video, but it could apply to many more cameras. What do you guys think? Do you still pack a camcorder around?
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  2. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    They might be. Their fate is similar to compact cameras esp seeing the latest Samsung and Sony phones w/ 4K video...
  3. I'm impressed with the quality of videos being made on cameras.

    However, a couple of features are missing that my wives video recorder has.

    1. A light. If filming at night or dim light, this makes all the difference.

    2. On an interchangeable lens camera, I have primes and manual zooming lenses. Try rotating a lens while filming and keeping a steady shot.
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    My old Sony camcorder isn't dead, just unused. I thought it was quite a thing when my daughter was young. If you are in a dark auditorium shooting with, let's say, a mu43 camera without an EVF, can you shoot off the LCD without really annoying everyone else with the light? Let's just say it's been a long time since I've been to a dance recital.:smile:
  5. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    I have a nice mid level Panasonic camcorder that is not dead to me, though I doubt I will ever buy another one. I think it is true that many cameras can deliver better video, but a decent camcorder can still be the more efficient tool to use, depending on your goals.
  6. qhs232

    qhs232 SC Regular

    Oct 6, 2013
    Metro Detroit
    I used a couple Mu/43 cameras for video for awhile, including doing the 'hack' to the Panasonic GH2…..ended up buying a camcorder…used it for awhile….sold it…have a couple of cameras I could use for vids now if I wanted, but haven't had the inclination…..:smile:

    This is the last video that I did.
  7. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    Gary - that's a very nice video piece.
    . . . David
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  8. qhs232

    qhs232 SC Regular

    Oct 6, 2013
    Metro Detroit
    Thanks David, it just seemed to come together!
  9. LisaO

    LisaO SC Regular

    Jul 11, 2010
    GoPro is pretty hot!
  10. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    Great point. #1 selling camera in the world.
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  11. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Yup. Video cameras are dead, but I'd argue that it's because most folks are tired of shooting and watching poorly shot, poorly edited, and usually boring home movies. Form factor and sensor size aren't going to change that.
  12. See the above posting. Alive and well.