Saturday, January 5, 2008

Zoom Less, Live Better

One feature that's frequently offered as a basis of comparison is a camcorder's zoom capabilities. Most consumer and prosumer cameras offer both optical and digital zoom. (I'm not a fan of digital zooms because they degrade image quality so drastically. Essentially they just crop the image sensor, maintaining the aspect ratio and blowing up the image - yuk.)

For that matter, zooming should be exercised judiciously. Excessive and pointless zooming in a shot is a telltale sign of a newbie. So frame your shot, and then roll tape. You'll feel better because you did.

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