The importance of the Direct Video Button

Look for the red dot!
The ‘direct video button’ makes taking both still images and videos so much easier.

It took the camera market much too long to realize the deep effect, and therefore the change of customary behvaiour, and therefore the need for intuitive functionality, that compact cameras made on taking both still images and video clips.

Canon PowerShot S100Canon PowerShot S100

The standard mode-dial, including more automatic and less automatic image modes together with a single video mode, proved to be highly inefficient. Having to switch modes back and forth in order to take both photos and clips in a certain situation is could be considered cumbersome if all you want is to snap a photo, snap a clip – you know, point and shoot.

Nikon Coolpix P300Nikon Coolpix P300

This is not referring to taking photos during a video, but rather intermittent clips between shots. That’s how many people construe the use of a compact camera today. Rightfully so.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300Canon PowerShot ELPH 100

The way this translates to changes that camera manufacturers are introducing to recent models, is a round red dot of a button. This is the ‘Direct Video Button’. It starts a video clip instantaneously (well, that depends on how quick the camera is), regardless of the mode it’s in. In some models, the video is taken according to the video settings which were set in the relevant menu, in others – default settings are used.

Sony Cyber-shot WX10Sony Cyber-shot WX10

In effect, this means that once you start your camera, your forefinger is in charge of still photos and your thumb is in charge of video clips. Intuitive, efficient, that’s the way to go.

Canon PowerShot SX40Canon PowerShot SX40

I try to add back-side photos for each camera model on its main page – so if you care for videos and value simple, easy handling of your camera, look for the red dot on the back.


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