- Video Cameras
Lights, camera, action! It’s the video cameras category at OnBuy! Our amazing selection of camcorders includes the latest and greatest models from the top manufacturers. With superior features and quality to smartphone videos, these great gadgets are a must for anyone who wants to make their own movies! So roll the tape and get shopping!
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About Video Cameras
Portable video cameras (also called camcorders) were first released in the 1980s. They may have been bulky, and they may have used low-quality analogue video cassettes like VHS and Betamax, but they were the first devices that let consumers easily record their own home movies.
In this category you’ll find a range of top video cameras from leading brands like Panasonic, Canon and Sony. Whether you’re capturing your toddler’s first words or making your own amatuer short films, you’ll find the right camera for your needs here.
Why should I buy a video camera?
Technology has improved a lot since then, and in the age of video-recording smartphones, are dedicated video cameras still necessary? We certainly think so! They may not be the only way to record video at home, but dedicated camcorders are still the best.
The key advantage that video cameras have over smartphone cameras is their high quality glass lenses with real optical zooms. These lenses allow you to zoom in close to your subjects without compromising on video quality. Some high end video cameras allow you to switch out the default lens that comes in the box. This allows you to get superior image quality with a prime lens. Or you can swap in a parfocal lens, which allows you to stay in focus as you zoom.
Types of video camera
Now that we’ve convinced you that camcorders are still relevant in the 2020s, let’s look a little closely at what kinds of video cameras you can get. The most common devices you can purchase from our virtual cam shop are personal camcorders for home movies. These devices are much smaller than video cameras from the 80s, and are packed full of digital features like image stabilisation and colour correction. They’re much more detailed than old camcorders too. Forget grainy footage that’s corrupted by tracking bars, all of the video cameras here shoot in clean, true HD digital video. You can even find some devices that shoot in 4K resolutions, future proofing your footage for new 4K TVs.
The other kind of video camera you’ll find in this category are large, shoulder mounted video cameras aimed at the semi-professional and dedicated amatuer markets. These wonderful machines give you all the power of a professional cinematographer, with large sensors and bladed diaphragms that give your videos a cinematic look. With space to fit independent microphones, steadicam gimbels and more, these cameras are a worthy investment for anyone looking to start a career in movie making!