With the smartphones industry developing at such a fast pace, and manufacturers trying to integrate the best technologies into the smallest packages, many of you might wonder if buying an individual camera is still worth the trouble, and especially the money.
At a first glamp, a smartphone seems to hold all the advantages, being smaller, cheaper, and being able to offer the same Full HD resolutions as an expensive camcorder. However, there are a few reasons why people still turn to the classic handheld camera.
While it’s not the first thing experts will bring up in such a discussion, we will begin by referring to the sensibility of a smartphone when it comes to filming outside of the comfort-zone. Camcorders offer you the possibility of housing them into water and shock-proof cases that can get you filming in rough weather conditions and even under water without the risk of ruining hundreds of dollars worth equipment.
As for the quality of the videos and the image in general, smartphones have come a long way, being now capable of high resolution, some of them even offering 4K. However, the resolution is not everything when it comes to the quality of the image. Camcorders still hold the first place when talking about viewfinder, optical zoom and visual settings. While the viewfinder on a camcorder gives you much more control over the composition and framing of the image, the optical zoom lets you target your details without the trembling and blurr that the digital zoom on smartphones cause.
White balance, appropriate exposure and aperture are crucial to obtaining quality footage, and they are in your control with a camcorder.
Storage is another feature that gives camcorders the upper hand. Some models including both an internal, non removable flash memory chip and Micro-SD slots that allow you to store an immense quantity of footage. Smartphones can also house a lot of data, but they also serve many more purposes than just filming and storing videos. Apps, music, games, all of these need memory space, and you’re probably not going to still want them at hand even if you’ve decided to become a filmmaker.
This leads us to our last point of discussion. Just like memory space, video shooting requires power. While dedicated camcorders have their own rechargeable battery that can ensure several hours of continuous filming while you’re using your phone for urgent calls and texting, the smartphone dies altogether when it runs out of juice, especially if you’re recording in full HD.