How To Use the Zoom on a Video Camcorder

The digital camera lens on your camcorder will almost always support zoom. Virtually any modern camcorder allows you to zoom into a subject and make it look much closer than it really is. Most cameras feature two types of zoom – Optical and Digital zoom. Optical zoom is where the […]


The digital camera lens on your camcorder will almost always
support zoom. Virtually any modern camcorder allows you to zoom into a
subject and make it look much closer than it really is. Most cameras
feature two types of zoom – Optical and Digital zoom. Optical zoom is
where the lens actually moves itself. Digital zoom makes the image
bigger by using software trickery. The quality of optical zoom is much
higher.

Using zoom on your camera is actually very easy once you get used to
it. With a bit of practice, it should be possible to learn how to zoom
in and out while recording with ease.

Step 1: Reading the Manual

As every camcorder works differently, you will need to read the
manual for your video camera. The instruction manual should be able to
explain how to zoom in and out. If you can’t find your manual, then you
will need to download one from the Internet. Visit the manufacturers
website and search for your camera. It will then be possible to download
it to your computer. You will normally need to download the manual in
PDF format, which means you will need to use Adobe PDF reader to open
the file.

Step 2: Controls

Take a look at the controls on your camera and try to identify the
controls which you use to zoom in and out. It should normally be fairly
easy to find these. Take a look in the manual at the diagram which
displays the controls for your camcorder. Try to work out which buttons
you actually need to press.

If you still can’t work out the controls, then you could search for
advice on the Internet. Most cameras have intuitive controls which are
very user friendly and easy to use.

Step 3: Zooming in

Hold your camera and point it at whatever you want to record. Either
look at the screen or through the viewfinder depending on the model of
camera you have. Now press and hold the button used to zoom the lens of
your camcorder in. Release this when the subject is the right size on
the screen.

There are normally two segments to the zooming bar. If you continue
zooming past the first point, then this will be using digital zoom. When
using digital zoom, the quality of the image will be lower so it’s
worth bearing this in mind.

Step 4: Zooming Out

Zooming out is also very simple. Simply press and hold down the
opposite button and the camera should start to zoom out. This will mean
that the image will start to look much smaller on the screen.

Zooming can be very useful to make the subject in your video look
much closer even if it’s a very long way in the distance. This is
especially useful when trying to record videos of animals. Many birds
will be frightened away by you, which is why it’s so easy to use zoom to
get close without scaring anything away.

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