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There are hundreds of different makes and models of video camera on the market. Prices range from 50 bucks for a simple webcam up to tens of thousands for a professional grade camera.

That much choice is fantastic, but truth is it is all a bit overwhelming! Many people freeze up and do not know where to begin.

This article will explain the basic differences in levels, or grades of camera so you can decide which one is right for you. Your first decision is to decide what level, or grade of camera to buy. Then, compare specific brands and models within that level to decide specifically which camera is best for you.

You can divide all the videos cameras on the market into four basic levels. There are pros and cons to each level of camera. What works for one person would be inadequate for the next.

I love them all of course, just depends on what I am doing at the moment. My webcam is perfect for informal tutorial videos and web conferencing. When I want to make a high-quality video, I use a much higher resolution mini-DV camera which falls in the "home video camera level, also known as consumer grade. If I have a client I really want to impress, I use an even higher grade of camera.

Believe it or not, picture quality is not necessarily the largest distinguishing factor between the different levels of camera. Ease of use is actually what sets them apart generally speaking. Ease of use plus the number of features. The higher grades put all those features under the camera operator's control. Lower grades are usually all automatic.

The four categories are:

Webcams and Flips Cams
Consumer Grade-AKA Home Movie Cameras
Prosumer Grade-AKA Industrial Grade
Professional Grade
With today's HD resolution, even Flip cameras can shoot high def. So you can not assume a consumer grade or even a prosumer grade camera will necessarily get a high resolution image. You can assume that a higher level of camera will be sturdier and have features not found on the lower grades.

What level of camera you buy and use depends on these factors:

* How much effort you want to go to

* How artistic you want to get

* Size of budget

* Whether you need portability or instant streaming capability

* What level of resolution quality your projects demand (Sometimes lower is actually better when it comes to online video.)

Most people assume that if they pay more for a higher grade of camera, then they will end up with better videos. Not necessarily so. If high resolution is your litmus test for quality but you do not want to fiddle with exposure, then a Flip cam might suit your needs. If instant streaming on the web is important to you, hang up the idea of having a high resolution shot and get yourself a webcam. If you like the idea of being a creative videographer, then look into a prosumer model or else the automatic everything will drive you insane.

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