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 CHANGEABLE
TYPICALLY FIXED
DSLRs interchangeable lens allows broad selection and special FX  Most camcorders are fixed super zoom lenses 10-20x. 
INTERNAL
SEPARATE
Camcorders have internal ND selection  With a DSLR ND is screwed on the front of the lens.
2 XLR May be accessory may include 1/8” phone jack too  
1/8” PHONE
DSLR typically requires external XLR adapter or a mixer
YES
ONLY A FEW NEW DSLRs
Don’t even think about recording video without headphones monitoring the audio signal
YES
NO
Tally light is very helpful in interview recording
YES
SOME LATE MODELS
VU Meters display stereo audio recording levels while recording.
FUNCTION
CAMCORDER
DSLR
COMMENT
FUNCTIONS & ISSUES TABLE
MANY SIZES OPTIONS
ADD GRIP OPTION
Camcorder large battery options greatly extend record time.  DSLR add on battery grip doubles record time
YES
SOME
Aids in recording at unusual angles. Allows recording self
YES ULTRA  SLOW ZOOM
NO
Camcorder rocker zoom adjust offers ultra slow zoom.  Very difficult with a DSLR, even with a follow focus.
YES some models
NO
SMPTE time code in/out is used to sync recording in multi-camera recording and broadcasting.
TYPICALLY DEEP
CAN BE VERY SHALLOW
DSLR primary advantage but can be a disadvantage as well
LONG CARD SIZE DEPENDANT
SHORT
DSLR overheating problems  DSLR limits on file size 4 GB reduces record time
MUCH BETTER
MUCH WORSE
Distortion seen when fast panning, fast moving subjects, vibrating strings and fans
MUCH BETTER
MUCH WORSE
Distortion seen when subject has fine texture like fabrics, brick buildings and fences
COMMENT
ISSUES
CAMCORDER
DSLR
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YES
ACCESSORY ADD ON
LCDs are not visible in bright daylight.  Eye cup is an adjustable electronic viewfinder.
Camcorder buttons & dials offer fast reliable adjustment of frequently used features.  DSLRs are slower menu hunt.
A FEW: ISO +/-
MANY
YES
NO
Camcorders Zebras overlay simplify exposure adjustment.  Current DSLRs do not have this function
HDMI or SDI
ONLY HDMI
Some camcorders have SDI video output and this is required for broadcast and live multi-camera
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