What Does Movie Mode Mean When Talking About Cameras and Photography?

When talking about modern digital cameras ‘movie mode’ refers to a camera mode specifically designed for capturing moving pictures. Movie mode can be found on most digital cameras, from basic point and shoot cameras all the way up to professional DSLR’s and is usually accessed by pressing a dedicated button. When recording in movie mode a camera will capture both video and sound to a digital video file stored on the cameras onboard memory. Many point and shoot cameras do not allow control of exposure settings whilst recording video and often suffer from the recording of unwanted sound such as lens zoom and focusing motors. Modern DSLR’s are becoming more video capable, offering higher frame rates at higher resolutions but nothing beats a good video specific camera for recording professional movies and videos.