What Is a VGA Camera?

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A VGA camera is an older format camera that shoots in an old standard resolution of 640-by-480 and is often used for Web-based videos. Find VGA cameras used on the Internet with insight from a professional photographer in this free video on digital cameras.

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Hi, my name is James Flint. I'm a professional photographer, and I'd like to take a moment to talk to you about a VGA camera. A VGA camera is a camera that shoots in the old standard resolution. 640 by 480. Now a days, this will be generally found in cameras that are only used for web based stuff. I believe there is now a Youtube video camera, that people can shoot, and it's automatically going to be in a 640 by 480 format, which is what Youtube requires videos to be converted to. It's not a camera that's going to be used to create prints larger than, five inches wide or tall. It's not a camera that's going to be used for filming family movies, or anything like that. Basically, if you're using VGA, it's going to be used for web base only. But you can also find, certain kids cameras, and toy cameras, that are VGA. This technology is a little bit older, consequently, it's going to be less expensive, and that's why you'll find it in some of the kids and toy model cameras. So again, it's important to understand that a VGA camera, is a camera that captures things only in a resolution of 640 by 480.


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