My first thought was of the lens itself and not the size of the
progressive scan. On a webcam the lens most likely uses a digital zoom
where as most camcorders give you the option of using optical or digital
zoom. On my camcorder and digital still camera I have the digital zoom
set to off and I only use optical zoom. I have 3 webcams sitting in a
drawer somewhere so I haven't been on the market for new webcams, so how
good there lens are these days I can't say, but camcorders usually
(typically) had better lens.
Having the video recorded outside the laptop gives you a security
backup... that is, if you go with an external capture device you can
record to the laptop and the camcorder at the same time so if something
crashes, you can always reload it directly off the camcorder. Keep in
mind that most camcorders will shut off when not being used...that is,
you line up your shot, adjust your manual focus and start recording to
the laptop but since you did not hit record on the camcorder it will
"time out" and power down. So even if you don't plan on recording to a
camcorder, hit record anyway :)
If you plan on shooting any video other than in the same room, go with a
camcorder. - aside from the better lens, you can add filters to a
camcorder. UV filters are a must for shooting outdoors. You can get a
filter for florescent lights so the colors are shown correctly and don't
have that greenish cast to it. Also, you want a camera (webcam or
camcorder) that allows you the ability to manually set the white
balance. The built in auto settings are great for point and shoot, but
manually setting it gives you better results.
Camcorders are all about lighting and lens. The built in mics usually
suck. If you go with a camcorder try to find one that gives you the
option of adding an external mic. If not, then record the audio to your
laptop and always remember to start each shot with a clapper so you can
sync it later.
My 2 cents,
On 12/21/2010 9:04 PM, Pat Cook (Pat's Podcast) wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> Got to looking around at Office Depot at all the HD (At least that's
> what they're called) Webcams& noticed how cheap they are. That got
> me to wondering something.
> Aside from the screen resolution (720p for webcams vs. 1080p for
> camcorders), is there any difference between the two?
> The reason I ask this is because I would IDEALLY like to "Wien" myself
> off of using a webcam (Even the so-called "HD" webcam that came with
> my laptop) to stream& make videos with by using an HD camcorder
> I know I'll likely have to use an external graphics card instead of
> the internal graphics chips that came with the motherboard of my
> laptop but that would be the same as an upgrade anyway just like the
> 1.3 TB external HD I just got (I love that thing ;) ).
> So my fellow podcasters& video bloggers - Are there any noticeable
> differences between a so-called "HD" webcam& an HD camcorder? If so,
> what are they (Aside from the obvious pixel size)?