The Best Camera For Web Video Is… ?

The best camera for web video is the one you own ;-)

The best camera for web video is.....

The answer is….. The one you have!

Cameras are one of the least important factors in producing successful web video.  I’m generally more interested in the promotion and ‘success’ of my videos, but this is a very common question.

In the past few years web video has sky-rocketed mainly due to the flip camera. I own two standard format flips and dearly love them. I intend to use them [occasionally] for a long time but for now I’m primarily using the Kodak Zi8.

Both of these cameras are out of production, which is a bit of a shame, but they are still readily available.  Millions of us love the flip and will miss it. If you are just getting started with video I’d recommend you get your hands on a flip and make your first dozen or so videos with it. You’ll learn a ton and won’t get too frustrated. The flip is the simplest device I’ve ever used. It’s more durable, and has better sound and color than any other budget hand-held camera. I’ve recently seen them go for $30 to $65.

The Kodak Zi8 is also still widly available and for below $90. What an amazing tool for the money.  It take really great still pics and I use it frequently for this.  My big warning is that this camera eats battery power quickly so you’ll need to buy an extra. [ebay 3rd party knock-offs are cheap and ok for this]

The Zi8 is more complicated and requires more thought than the flip. The one mistake I make often is in the focus switch. The close focus setting is great for focusing on tiny stuff, but you need to remember to switch it back to the normal setting.  My poor old eyes can really see the difference in the tiny video display, especially if I’m outside.

The Zi8’s external audio jack is what make it the killer tool.  Get yourself a good external mic and you’ll really get the quality up in no time.

I do still recommend both of these cameras even thought they’re ‘out-of-print’.  If you want the new toys then I’d take a look at the Sony Bloggies and the Kodak Play

Now, there is a camera that I’m really hoping to get mey hands on soon. The Toshiba Camelio X400 is pictured here and looks to be exactly what I want in my next camera. Check it out if you’re in the market and expect a price around $250.  The X200 and X416 are not quite as perfect on paper, IMO, but that’s all subjacet to change once I get on out in the streets. I hope that’s soon. Hello Santa!!

Lastly, I haven’t mentioned a personal favorite, the Logitech webcams. I’ll have more to say here soon but if you’re talking to your tride from your desk then the stuff here is moot. Get a Logitech and nothing else. Model isn’t too critical but nowadays the HD stuff is pretty standard so spend the extr few bucks if you can. I can’t wait to tell you more about this soon!

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Comments

  1. Great Post Randy!

    I have been sharing that exact philosopy with my Realtor students … use what you already have before you blow Big Bucks on something you won’t use.

    The same debate ranges over which is better Mac vs PC for Realtors.

    Here is a video I did to resolve that issue and it dovetails with your post:

    http://thatinterviewguy.com/ma.....nt-videos/

    All Good WIshes,
    michael krisa

  2. Hi Randy,

    You mentioned the zi8 being available for $90, can you direct me as to where that is available? The Kodak zi8 is selling for $331 on Amazon as of December 2011….Thanks!

    • Randy Barnes says:

      The Zi8 WAS around in many places for below $100 – I’d seen then in retail stores for $69 at one point but since Kodak discontinued it it has become scarce – and even more popular. It’s still a great camera and most of us like it better that the playsports that Kodak sells now. I’d troll Craigs list and ebay if you still want one – or any of Kodak’s new line would do as well. Thanks.

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