Aren't modern phones amazing? Although of course, you don't actually call them phones anymore - you call them smartphones. It's like a mini computer right in your pocket… a mini computer that also has a fairly impressive camera and video camera. While there's still a market for both cameras and video cameras, many people simply make do with the camera on their smart phone. It's right there, and you can whip it out and take photos and videos as needed. When it comes to a special occasion that you'll want to remember, it can be beneficial to actually take the time to record it probably, and the video recorder on your smartphone really won't cut the mustard. So why are video cameras still important?
Television news has greatly benefited from the advent of smartphones. Events that were previously only described by bystanders are now often caught on camera by those bystanders. You'll notice that the footage isn't great, and the images are often heavily pixelated, making them blurry.
While many smartphones record in high definition, this definition is sacrificed when the size of the image is expanded for television broadcast. The footage will be perfectly crisp when viewed on the phone's own screen, but this is not the case if you want to watch it on your TV. You don't want to film a wedding or birthday party, only to have all your hard work look undeniably blurry.
This also comes into play when things like presentations need to be recorded. Companies like Audio Visual Events can be hired to film certain events to ensure the quality is high.
A video camera also allows you to zoom in on the action in a way that the vast majority of smartphones cannot. If you play with the settings on your phone's camera, you'll notice the zoom feature. This is a digital zoom, in which the camera simply magnifies the existing image, becoming more and more pixelated the more you 'zoom'. This differs to the optical zoom on a video camera, which means the lens adjusts itself and moves in on the image.
An optical zoom magnifies the image without sacrificing quality. Shooting an important event on a smartphone means that you can't get up and close with the action, unless you physically move towards it… which is not always appropriate if you happen to be filming something such as a birth!
Some people might not want to bother with a video camera as they find some aspects of the technology to be old fashioned. When you record on a smartphone, you can use the device's wireless access to connect to the Internet, allowing you to immediately share the footage on social media, or to email it. Sure, you will need to have a laptop or PC and an actual wire to do the same with a video camera, but it's really not difficult.
Once connected, you will immediately be able to access these video files from your laptop or PC. It's just like an external hard drive. You are then able to share high quality video with friends or family, who will all appreciate being able to see high quality footage of the special event.
You might not need to have a video camera sitting in your wardrobe, but when you know you have a special event coming up, video camera hire can be smart. Sometimes a smart phone is not as smart as you might think!