What are video cameras?

Although smartphones and DSLRs capture video, few have the all-around capabilities of consumer video cameras, which have the primary function of video recording. Video recording abilities have improved a lot; simultaneously as technology has evolved. camcorders are now at the point where consumer models are small, lightweight, easy to handle, and capable of stunning results.

How do video cameras work?

Video cameras record motion and sound to produce movies. Camcorders use sensors to capture action and convert this information into a digital signal in two ways:

The number of sensor pixels determines the camcorder’s definition. And the size of the sensor affects its low-light sensitivity. Camcorders have digital viewfinders and LCD screens for monitoring filming. Data records to some form of memory for later downloading, editing, and viewing on computers or TVs.


Early digital camcorders had standard HD quality that had a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The only advantage of these types of camcorders was smaller files that were easy to process and upload to the internet. On the other hand, full HD video cameras have a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 pixels. And finally, professional camcorders have ultra-HD capability (4K) and produce the best results with a 3840 x 2160-pixel capability.

Types of video cameras:

For buying a camcorder, first, you should decide on its type. For better quality and more options, consider a full-sized video camera. But if you need a smaller and more portable model, get an action camera, which is about half the size of regular pocket camcorders.

Anyway, keep in mind that nowadays full-sized camcorders are smaller and more lightweight than older models. They fit easily in your hand and weigh as little as a half-pound. Yet include at least a 10x optical zoom lens, Ultra High Definition or 4K resolution; 3D capability; GPS for geotagging and built-in projectors.

Video camera’s features:

The right camcorder features are important, no matter if you’re considering an HD camcorder or a 4K model. Let’s review the main camcorder features:

At Faircado, you can find refurbished and second-hand camcorders and action cameras from the biggest brands like Canon, GoPro, JVC, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. The camera’s accessories like SD cards, tripods, carry cases, extra lights etc.… are available too. so, you’ll be able to start filming right away after receiving your parcel.

What are second-hand and refurbished video cameras?

When talking about higher-quality videos, it’s better to leave your cell phone camera behind and move to higher-quality video equipment, consider using camcorders or video cameras.

These days, owning a video camera might seem redundant in an age when phones, DSLR cameras, tablets and even watches can shoot video. However, the video capability of mentioned devices is usually designed to be an accessory that takes a back seat to other functions. Although there are plenty of occasions where it’s appropriate to multitask with one device, having a special tool for shooting video affords quality and convenience. Consider some advantages of a video camera:

Better quality: Footage shot on a smartphone can look great as long as you’re watching it on a small screen. But when you put the same video on a larger screen, such as a TV, the image quality suddenly becomes dull and blurry. camcorders use larger sensors, optical zoom lenses, image stabilisation and low-light performance to deliver dazzling images. So, you can enjoy better quality video on more devices, from the phone to the big screen.

Better sound: Video cameras have a built-in microphone, volume controls and audio inputs, which provide better control of the full experience of sights, sounds and all.

Autofocus: Autofocus technology makes a video camera ready to shoot at a moment’s notice; since this option is designed specifically for videos and not photos, you can expect extra smooth focus for that birthday surprise or last-minute performance.

Refurbished video cameras are professionally cleaned and inspected items that can give you high-quality results at a lower price.

Faircado’s extensive used department is a great place to find a bargain and this is no exception when it comes to used video cameras.

Why buy second-hand video cameras?

The world of video cameras and camcorders has evolved dramatically over the past years. There is now a plethora of fantastic, feature-filled options on the video camera market. As a result, there is a decrease in prices, too. However, buying new video cameras can still get pricey quickly; that’s why Faircado suggests shopping for used camcorders as a smart decision!

Buying a used video camera can save you hundreds of dollars off. Many of the used video cameras have internal editing software, huge zoom capabilities and excellent sound options including stereo and they all carry a full year’s warranty, so there is no stress about it being previously owned. Our used video camera at Faircado changes regularly, so keep an eye out for a bargain and if you need any further assistance on particular models, then simply contact us and we can talk you through them.

Where to buy second-hand video cameras?

Now buying online is totally different in comparison to the last decade. The first thing to ensure is that you’re buying it from a reliable source, to make sure if they have good reviews from other buyers. Therefore, if you are planning to buy it online, read previous website visitors and their experiences. At Faircado, explore a vast range of quality second-hand and used video cameras from world-famous brands like Canon, GoPro, JVC, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. There’s a video camera perfect for everyone here.

Faircado is the first AI-powered search and comparison portal for second-hand shopping focusing on sustainability. We aggregate all available pre-owned products from the biggest marketplaces, and compare them based on their price and a sustainability score, giving you the information you need to make the best purchase decision – for you, your wallet and the planet!

At Faircado, we despise waste – of time, of money, of resources. So, we tackle the three at once, by creating a solution that increases the circularity of produced goods and allows for time-efficient, money-saving sustainable shopping.

What should be aware of before buying video cameras?

Depending on your needs, you may want to consider other smaller factors before making your purchase as well. If you are still having a hard time narrowing it down to just one option, consider a few more elements.

And the bottom line, buying the best video camera all comes down to buying what is best for you.  Understanding elements like zoom and image stabilisation will help you to prioritise features, so the camcorder that wins out, in the end, is the best suited for your needs and budget.

Now that you’ve learned the basics and have a better idea of what you’re looking for in a video camera don’t forget to pick up a memory card to store your photos and videos.

Be sure to protect your purchase with the right bag and lens cleaners; plus find other accessories to complete your purchase, such as extra batteries, tripods, chargers and more. All are available at Faircado, with a simple search you can find them.