You’re no doubt excited about any new camera or camcorder equipment. With today’s modern technology, great advances have allowed us to do so much more with the equipment than we could just a decade ago. In order to maximize the usefulness of today’s modern cameras and camcorders, it is a must to have the right cables to connect them to the various gadgets such as laptops or towers for downloading the photographs and videos which contain memories of good times, and for some, the content that helps to earn a living.
There is nothing more frustrating than getting ready to download content, or to view that content on a larger screen, such as with an HD large screen television, only to discover that the cables are not compatible. This guide is prepared to help you to avoid these frustrations by knowing what to look for when purchasing cables for your camera or camcorder.
Determine your needs
The first and most important step in ensuring that you buy the proper cables is to take a few things into consideration. What type of camera or camcorder do you have with regards to the brand and model? Some units come with the cables sold as accessories in the box at the time of purchase. If so, then going with the manufacturer’s recommendations may be the best option. If the cables supplied are of inferior quality, or if they were not supplied, there are other manufacturers who provide high quality camera and camcorder cables.
Determine what you will be using the cables for and what type of device you will need them to connect to. For example, if you want to connect to a laptop or pc tower through USB connections, or jack the camera into a HD television, DVD player or a/v receiver.
All camera and camcorder cables are not created equal
Often, the cables included in the box are made of low quality materials which include inferior shielding. This can yield the results of poor quality in the sound and pictures that are transferred. In order to get a high quality in the pictures, video and audio, the cable must be properly constructed of high quality materials.
Poorly constructed cables tend to be made cheaply and include materials that are subject to corrosion and breakage, or may use materials that do not provide the best in conductivity to relay the proper signals. In addition to this, inferior designs can lead to cables that do not create the quality of connection that will allow you to enjoy the full benefits of all of the features of your camera or camcorder. If you are experiencing issues with quality, instead of blaming the camera or camcorder, you may want to investigate how the purchase of high quality cables can help to improve the quality.
Loose connections or damaged cables that may have broken wires on the inside of the cord can cause quality issues as well. Some of the cheaply made cables are prone to this type of inconvenient decline. Have you ever had to jiggle the cable to make it work? This is a good example of how poor quality can affect the performance of your electronic equipment. If you have to manipulate the cables in order to get them to work, then it is time for you to replace them.
What to look for in camera/camcorder cables
Cables that are made from low loss and oxygen free copper wiring are more durable and reliable. Foamed dielectric can enhance the picture quality. Look for precision made connectors that preferable are made with 24K gold plating for the best delivery of accurate images and sound quality. The OFC braid shielding should be spiral wound in order to protect against undesired noise interference and the various types of distortion that can occur.
For cables that will connect to the television or other devices which are input into the TV, look for connectors that are color coded for greater ease of use and which feature a highly flexible PVC jacket. This will help to ensure that they hold up to the strain of everyday use.
Another consideration to make is to make sure that the cable is compatible with your device. It must have the proper connection size to fit into the input slot of your camera or camcorder. Check the specifications prior to making a purchase, to ensure that the cables you purchase are compatible with the brand and model of camera or camcorder that you are using.
Camera cables come in a variety of lengths and connection formats so it is important to purchase the compatible cord that will not only work with the brand and model of camera that you have, but additionally, is designed for use for your intended purpose. HD television inputs have different connectors than the USB connectors that are intended for use with computers.
The bottom line is to ensure that the cables are first compatible with your devices and secondly, that they are made from high quality materials and that the design and workmanship is conducive to providing high quality in video and audio capabilities.
The quality of the cables that are used for connecting camcorders and cameras to other devices can make a big difference in the quality of the content that is viewed or heard. Before you throw that new camcorder away, investigate how using a better quality of cable may make a difference. Look for compatible cables that will fit your camera or camcorder. Identify cables that are made of high quality materials and that are designed and constructed to provide the highest quality connections for superb audio and visual enjoyment.
If you are using HD, make sure that they are designated for this type of use as well. High quality, a good fit and a reasonable price is all possible when you know what it is that you’re looking for. By following the tips and recommendations provided in this guide, you have the information that you need to make the best purchase for new camera/camcorder cables.