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The Best Video Cameras for the Outdoors

In recent years, capturing high definition video footage has become a task reserved for DSLR, mirrorless, high-end point & shoot, and action cameras. For both amateurs and pros alike, camcorder style cameras have taken a back seat…waaaaay in the back…as the tool of choice for recording video. For applications that don’t require constant refocusing, long distance zooming and rapid changes in lighting…such as YouTube, vlogging, and other similar genres of videography…a DSLR, mirrorless, or point & shoot work great! Today’s still cameras can capture fantastic, super high-resolution video footage and they have features that are quite adaptable to filming many different subjects. All that being said though, there is definitely still a place for camcorder style video cameras, especially for long distance, fast-moving subjects such as wildlife.

A high-quality, designated video camera has several distinct advantages over a DSLR, mirrorless, or point & shoot still camera. They are as follows: (Please note: these advantages are exclusive to high-quality camcorders, not inexpensive models found at many department stores.)

  • Significantly faster, quieter, more consistent autofocusing
  • Will remain in focus much longer and will regain focus quickly when lost
  • Vastly superior image stabilization and zooming capacity at long distances…especially for moving subjects…even when shooting handheld
  • Seamless exposure adaption
  • Continuous filming over greater duration of time
  • Exceptionally longer zooming capability and no need for multiple lenses
  • Fantastic image quality (even in low light conditions) on newer models with large or multiple sensors (older model camcorders had very small image sensors which notoriously resulted in poor low light images
  • Ergonomic operation and settings adjustments
  • No dust spots from a dirty sensor, which is the result of switching lenses on DSLR style cameras in windy, dusty environments

In the wake of the DSLR/still camera high definition video revolution, there are not all that many designated camcorder style video cameras on the market by comparison. However, the newer models that are available are fantastic products and simply blow away the image quality and performance of the camcorders of the not-so-distant past. The video cameras featured below are the professional grade and high-end consumer grade, or “prosumer,” models from Sony and Canon that are dominating the scene. Click on the photos below to learn more and order yours today through our Amazon affiliate service.

Sony Video Cameras

Canon Video Cameras

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