Video cameras record images to an internal memory card. Cameras are often called camera phones because they’re built to accept and edit video without a remote. In addition to recording, cameras can also transmit live video. Cameras that record video at a fast enough frame rate to produce good quality images are called “video recorders”. Video-recording cameras are usually larger, heavier, more expensive and louder than their cam-corder equivalents. Cameras that record in real-time are called, “audio-recorder cameras”. This list of types can be confusing, because camcorders contain more than one category of camera.
Compatibility of camcorders differs by company. The differences are:
Camera maker – Camcorders are designed for or have been purchased by specific companies who make their cameras for the particular company. For instance, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony and Samsung all make camcorders with a similar form factor. The major difference between manufacturers is how camera mounts are attached to cameras, whether it is by a tripod, swivel, hook, sling or similar type of structure. There are many different types of mounts, but the main ones are: 1-inch (2.5 cm) plate mount, 2-inch (5.6 cm) plate mount, and standard camera mounts. These mount types, which come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, also make it difficult to know if a camcorder has compatible hardware. Also, many manufacturers sell camcorders that are compatible with some of the same mounts, but others are not compatible at all. 2-inch (5.6 cm) mount – These mount types are also usually used with models with a large front or rear window, so that the camera can be placed in a different orientation when shooting. This type of camcorder is usually sold with some type of tripod to which the camera can always be attached. These camcorders have a wide range of built-in features (such as a touchscreen display), but some also include built-in accessories (such as a tripod, screen, and remote control).
1-inch plate mount – These models are very similar to a “2-inch plate mount” but are mounted on a 1-inch (2.5 cm) plate and not with 2-inch (5.6 cm) mounts. These cameras are usually found in large models with large fronts or rear windows, sometimes with a 1-inch (2
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