I have been saying this for a long time now that a larger
monitor is better or is it?
I have been looking for a camcorder for some time. the camcorders
that I have been looking for have all been excellent as far as
quality goes. However, one item has stopped me short of making
that final purchase and that has been the monitor size.
The monitors size is one important aspect of it there are
also considerations to think about such as: accurately showing
filming colors, contrast and above all the sharpness of the image.
Some years ago a friend of mine had bought a Sharp with a
five inch monitor. I thought that it was a sharp looking camcorder
to. That monitor could flip right around so that you could do
self portraits with out any eye strain. today manufactures are
cut costs and making camcorders smaller like the Canon ZR series.
Consider this idea that when it comes to our televisions a
bigger screen is much better to see than a smaller one. So it
makes a lot of sense that a larger LCD monitor on a camcorder
is going to be better than a 2.5 inch one. first of all like
the sharp you can see the camcorders monitor from a longer distance.
However the real reason boils down to the image. I would sooner
use the monitor than the eye piece except in real bright light.
So even if you are looking for a camcorder with a larger monitor
make sure that you have a color view finder as well.
The monitors are turned on by pulling it away from the side
of the camcorder. A good monitor should have flexibility so that
your not having to turn the camera to see the shot you need.
The monitor should be able to turn 180 degrees so that it can
work for self portraits or for the subject to see them self in
front of the camera. Look to see if the monitor can snap back
into the camcorder side with the monitor on facing out. This
is practical when you want to playback to review video just recorded.
Pixels you hear this word a lot these days. Pixels and resolution
go hand in hand to spell clearness and sharpness of the image
that you are video recording. The higher the resolution the better
the clarity the image will be. Most manufactures are offering
a color LCD with around 112,000 or more. Anything less than 100,000
is a waste of your time and money.
Does the monitor have color correction adjustments? A good
monitor is one that can accurately match what is being captured
on the tape. In playback people should have flesh colored skin
and you should be able to see this when recording through the
monitor as well. Look for a monitor where the white balance automatically
adjusts colors for realism. White balance allows for the camcorder
to adjust color correctly from the subject being recorded. A
good monitor will provide an adjustment for turning down brightness
of the monitor. This is good for night shots when the monitor
does not need to be so bright. On the other had when filming
during bright days, turning up the brightness may bring images