Originally Posted by Ronomy
I can't believe you bought a camcorder and didn't even take it out of the box for a few months.
Now that he did, I think maybe a few things might help.
First, make sure it is in the "iA" mode. That is the "intelligent automatic" mode where the camera makes most of the exposure and focus decisions. This camera is good at that. 90% of the time it will get it close enough to "right" that the video will be viewable.
Second, try hard not to use zoom or pan unless you have to. The video will be more steady if you get closer instead of zooming and panning more than a little is hard to watch. Good amateur video is about things that move or have motion, not a zooming or panning camera.
Third, try to use the composition rule of thirds. Don't put the subject in the middle.
Fourth, keep your clips to under 10 seconds. 5 seconds is better. Longer will put any viewer to sleep. Later you can combine the best clips into a 3 to 5 minute video with the software that came with the camera.
PS: He is probably already on vacation and not reading any of this.Edited by bsprague - 6/23/12 at 8:18pm