Video camera comparison – seeing is believing

There’s recently been a brief discussion on the Assocation For Learning Technologies (ALT) members discussion list, looking for opinions and recommendations of video cameras suitable for use by teaching staff and students.

I blogged on this subject a while ago, so I was interested to see how things have developed, and especially interested to see this post by Doug Belshaw from JISC InfoNET:

Date:    Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:50:18 -0000
From:    Doug Belshaw
Subject: Re: Video Camera Recommendations

JISC Digital Media did a side-by-side comparison of the Kodak Zi8, Sony Z5 and Flip last year:

http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/blog/entry/side-by-side-comparison-of-kodak-zi8-sony-z5-and-flip

It’s definitely worth following the link and viewing the sample video (made up of clips from each camera) because it gives a rare opportunity to compare the 3 cameras side by side; it also clearly illustrates the benefits of using an external microphone with a video camera if at all possible, and shows how even a very basic budget microphone can vastly improve the soundtrack of a video recording.

A follow up message from Graham Gibbs from the University of Huddersfield highlights another video clip that compares 6 different microphones for use with video:

Date:    Sun, 18 Dec 2011 17:35:56 +0000
From:    Gibbs Graham R
Subject: Re: Video Camera Recommendations

Bob,

one further post on the simple video and sound equipment issues. I’ve just come across this comparative review of 6 mics for use with the iPhone for video by Scott Skibell. I guess they would work with any other video camera with a mic socket. The mics vary from the cheapest at about £20 to £500 and you can get some idea of the quality even via the YouTube sound.

http://www.skillcasting.com/6-different-iphone-4s-microphones-compared/

Graham

BTW for his instructional videos, Scott Skibell uses a Kodak Zi8 camera (see e.g. http://www.skillcasting.com/using-multiple-cameras-in-your-screencasts/ )

In this case the camera in question is an iPhone4S, but in principle everything said here could apply to any camera that can accept an input from an external microphone.

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