About Parts of a Camera

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The primary parts of a camera include the lens, the LCD screen, the zoom control, the control dial and the battery. Find out how a camera's control dial can switch a camera between different modes with help from a videographer in this free video on video cameras.

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Hi my name is James Flint. I'm a videographer and I'd like to talk to you about some of the most important parts of your camera. If you are new to the world of video cameras you are going to probably be using a consumer based camera like this one and I'd like to just point out a few of the more important parts of this camera. Here in the front you have the lens. The camera is nothing without its lens and this is where all the light comes through that will then be converted into images on your camera. Most cameras have an LCD screen where you can see whatever they're video taping. Another very important part is the zoom control. The zoom control is where you will adjusting the zoom on your lens either zooming in or zooming out. Another important part of the camera, most consumer based cameras have a control dial here that will switch between say a still camera mode, a video camera mode, video camera playback or even still camera playback. Some cameras will have a few more features on the dial such as shooting landscapes or shooting close ups of flowers but again just look for your control dial and read in your manual about what the different settings on the control dial area. Another very important part of the video camera is the battery. The camera is not going to know how to run without a battery. You need to know how to install and remove your battery as well as charge the battery. A few other things you might want to look at is just your different inputs and outputs. Most every consumer based camera is going to have a microphone input and audio output so you can plug head phones in and get a a better idea of what everything is going to sound like that you are recording or you can plug a microphone in and get enhanced audio quality. Most consumer based cameras are going to have a strap to help you hold it. It is very important, you want to double check it and make sure it is secure. You don't want to run the risk of dropping your camera but that is a consumer based camera and some of the most important parts on the camera.

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