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Forum topic by Brian024 posted 02-24-2011 02:48 AM 1178 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2011 02:48 AM

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I’ve been looking for a camera to do some filming with and I’m not quite sure where to start. It would eventually be used for filming some projects, just to kind of document my work. Also I’ve been asked to teach another class at my church in the near future and thought this might be a good way to cover some of the machines I don’t have access to when I’m there (jointer, planer, router table), which was a big issue the last time I taught a class. Eventhough I don’t consider those beginner machines, I still had questions on how they work and what they are used for and pictures don’t do any justice because that’s what I had the last time. I’m not looking for the most top of the line camera but one that takes decent video that I could burn to a dvd.

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 02:55 AM

Lots of these little Flip Video cameras shoot HD video. Heck, my iPhone takes pretty nice video. These small cameras don’t have features like image stabilization like some of their larger and more expensive relatives. That means that holding one while walking can be shaky on the video. If you’re just going to set it up on a tripod or table top then that won’t be an issue. Check out Amazon and read reviews. I believe some of them go for $70-100. I do also have a hard drive version full HD camcorder but you’ll spend quite a few dollars on something like that.

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 04:49 AM

I had been looking at the flip cameras but I wasn’t sure how good of a video they took. They are also within what I was planning on spending. I definitely look around.

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 04:46 AM

I’m pretty happy with the Kodak Zi8.

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 05:07 AM

Amazon has some pretty good deals on that one.

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 04:15 PM

Ditto on the Kodak Zi8. Works well. Lets you mount it on a tripod too. However, if I were looking for another camera I would get the least expensive digital camcorder type with flip out screen that you can rotate and see what’s in your frame if your filming yourself. Be sure it comes with a remote. Remotes for the Kodak are hard to get. Mine was backorded for a couple months and you can’t see what going on if your in the picture too.

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 11:12 PM

Good to know, I definitely need one with a tripod and a flip screen (don’t want to be filming my feet). Another thing I have been wondering is the audio, are the mic’s in the camera’s good or should I go with the clip on type mic?

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