How To Set Video Camera to the Right Specs

The video camera specs you choose to use can make or break your footage. However, because spec sheets today are often laden with confusing terms like ISO and megapixel count, it can be difficult to know what all those terms mean and which options will work best for the effects you wish to achieve. While different specs work for different purposes, a few generalizations hold true for most video cameras.


The more megapixels your video camera has the better the image quality. This is because pixels are the smallest unit of visual information the digital world can contain. Every image your camera captures, moving or not, is comprised of pixels and detailed in such a way to bring you detailed footage.

Image Quality

Your camera's image quality all depends on your sensor size. Larger sensors typically create sharper images, as do higher quality lenses. You cannot change the size of a sensor like you can other settings, which is why you should review the camera specs before purchasing.

Image Stabilization and Zoom

Powerful zoom lenses allow you to focus on distant subjects without ruining the quality of the image resolution in the foreground, or without having to crop out blurry surroundings. However, to benefit from a powerful zoom lens, you need a camera with strong stabilization, otherwise you risk capturing blurry footage despite your high-quality lens. Many cameras today have built-in stabilization, but if yours doesn't, you may want to invest in a tripod. You can also stabilize footage in Premier Pro with a few quick techniques.

RAW Mode

By default, most cameras will compress your photos and videos to allow for more storage space, but this compromises the details. RAW mode preserves all your data so you can bring out more detail during the editing process.

Manual Focus

Autofocus is great in some situations, but it takes the control away from videographers who want to switch between close-ups and other situations at a moment's notice. If you want more control over what your lens focuses on, switch over to manual.

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