Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Buyers Guide: Real Video Camera Suggestions

Maybe it's time for you to upgrade to a "real" video camera beyond an iPhone/iPad/DSLR?

I just saw this question over on Facebook and answered there, so I thought I'd post here too.

This question has a lot of answers depending on your needs. For me, I have a lot of camera options, but right now I use a few depending on the situation.

On the run:

iPhone 5 with iRig Mic.

Recording Boston Media Makers Roll Call with XShot and iRig Mic

Example video here:

At my desk:

Logitech C920 webcam with AudioTechnica AT2020 USB Mic

Logitech C920 has a Tripod Mount. See?

Review and examples here:

Pro shoots:

Panasonic SD100 HD Video camera (It's an older model) with Sennheiser MKE400 Shotgun Mic. This one allows you to also monitor the video with headphones while recording (very important) and it has a flip out display so you can see the framing when you shoot yourself.

Yoshi Yamada, Chairman and CEO Panasonic North America

Not sure if you already have my book Get Seen:

Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series)


  1. I love my Canon Vixia HF G10. It's light and small enough to carry with me to more places. The still photos are good too. It does do a good job in low light situations. Forget the presets, the white balance does work better when you set that yourself.

  2. Steve: I landed here by following your response to Whitney Hoffman's Facebook post seeking advice. Thanks for the helpful recommendations.

  3. One more thing. A wide angle lens, either on the camera, or as an attachment, makes shooting video of yourself and a guest fit into one shot more easily.