Web videos have quickly become the most powerful force on the Internet when it comes to getting your point across. Whether you’re selling something on a website or sending funny videos of the kids to your relatives, the quality of todays video camera’s really makes it easy to produce some top notch video clips.
Most of the video camera’s on the market today are far ahead of the computer equipment and software that’s available to use them with so unless money is not a factor, you probably don’t need the state-of-the-art $10,000 professional model. You should plan to spend $400 – $600 on an excellent video camera that will produce near television quality videos.
Basically it comes down to five seperate issues when you’re looking at which camera you’re going to work with.
- Features & Functionality
- Ease of Use
- Quality of Video
With a variety of brands to choose from here’s where price and quality come in and brand loyalty is simply a personal choice. You can get great video camera’s from Panasonic, Canon, Sony, Casio, even the little Flip cameras work great for quick web videos.
The biggest thing to look for in your camera is 3CCD this is short for the way the camera will process light. You’ll find this feature on just about any camera $400 and up and Yes … it’s important, because this will determine the quality of video that is produced.
Another must have feature is an AV Input this is where you can add an external microphone to the video camera. There are a few different types of microphones you can use such as the Shotgun Microphone which is good for interviews and can be mounted right on the camera or a handheld wireless microphone as used by on-the-scene reporters. Most popular and easiest to use is the Wired Condenser Clip-On microphone that you can find for $30 up to $300.
The Output Connection is where your video camera connects back to your computer or television and all camera’s have a USB output so you can dump your video’s to your hard drive. For High Definition you want to look for HDMI and it is highly recommended to get a video camera that has a Firewire output so you can use it as a web cam.
Lens Adapters for adding a wide angle glass (lens) is very helpful when you shoot in a studio or office. Below are just a few models and types of video camera’s to get your creative juices craving that “new smell” feeling of opening your brand new camera.
- Flip Model Video Camera – the cheapest and easiest to use plugs straight into your USB connection and can be found for $100 – $200. No external mic.
- Casio Exilim – Around $200 good for pictures and videos, again no external mic on this one.
- DV Camera – Digital Video from $400 – $500 you can use this as a web cam also.
- Canon High Definition Video Camera – (tape based) $500 – $700 , lens are available and you’re now looking at T.V. quality picture.
- High Definition HD – Hard disc can’t be used as a web cam and still has some problems
- HDV Video Camera – $2500 – $7500, all the features you can imagine and the “glass” is much better.