“The $1,800 Canon 7D versus the brand new $50 Barbie Video Girl… available in the girlie aisle of your local Toys R Us. It’s the sassiest camera money can buy.”
Nice work Brandon.
The Canon VIXIA HF-S21 is a compact camcorder that captures Full HD 1920 x 1080 in AVCHD format with a number of frame rate options. The Canon VIXIA HF-S21 is larger than entry-level camcorders like the Sony HDR-CX350V; however, it’s not so big to prevent you from toting it on family outings or other casual endeavors.
Read the rest of the review at Tech Tilt: Canon VIXIA HF S21 Camcorder Review.
The Manfrotto 501HDV is a dedicated video fluid head. As camera manufacturers add more and more DSLRs with HD video capture, photographers’ interest in video seems to be growing at an exponential rate. I know my interest has been piqued since I picked up a 5D Mark II roughly a year and a half ago. One thing we’re learning though, is that good photo equipment doesn’t necessarily make good video equipment as well. [Read more…]
A little over a year ago, I reviewed the Flip MinoHD camcorder and gave it a glowing recommendation. Since then, the MinoHD has been by my side for a ton of daily video clips. I’ve recorded more video in the past year than I’ve recorded in the previous 5 years. Why? Because it’s easy and the Flip MinoHD can fit in my pocket and, as a result, it’s always with me.
Now, it’s time to look at the latest and greatest with the Flip Video UltraHD. The UltraHD is an incremental step up from the MinoHD in my opinion; however, those increments are worthwhile. [Read more…]
One of the many point and shoot cameras announced at CES 2010 was the Panasonic FH20. I spent a little while at CES checking out the new camera and its siblings.
The FH20 is at the top end of the new cameras in the FH lineup. The other new cameras, the FH3 and FH1, are essentially just lower-spec versions of the FH20. Since all the models were preproduction and I couldn’t evaluate image quality at CES, the handling and performance comments on the FH20 pretty much match up with my impressions of the FH3 and FH1 as well. [Read more…]
You knew the Canon 7D could capture video, right? The better question is whether you know how to take advantage of this capability.
In case you missed it, Chad Mumm of Engadget posted a nice little piece on his impressions of the Canon 7D as a filmmaking tool. Chad’s the video producer over at Engadget and he clearly knows a little more than the average bear when it comes to shooting video. He’s also got some great advice about working with mics and sound.
His points will largely apply to the Canon 5D Mark II as well.
So, if video DSLRs are your thing, you might want to check out Mumm’s word on the 7D.
Apple’s new iPod nano includes a video camera and takes a direct shot across the bow of the Flip and other ultra-compact video cameras. In fact, at Apple’s “It’s only rock and roll” event today, Apple showed an image of the 4GB Flip Ultra and mocked its $149 price tag. The presentation went on with Steve Jobs at the helm touting Apple’s video option as 8GB for free. What that really boils down to is that all the iPod nanos now include a video camera; however, you still have to buy the iPod nano to get the video camera (so it’s not really free Steve). And, unfortunately, the iPod nano doesn’t offer the ability to capture still images.
The Kodak Zi8 is a pocket video camera capable of capturing 1080p video. Competing with the Flip series of video cameras (Flip MinoHD Review), the Zi8 offers expandable media in the form of an SD card slot, which will accept up to 32GB cards and, as a result, can capture up to 10 hours of video on a single card. The Zi8 also features a 2.5-inch LCD and can instantly upload video to YouTube and Facebook.
The Kodak Zi8 should be available in September 2009 at an initial retail price of $179.95.
Check availability on Amazon.com.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]