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Matthew Jeschke
Re: Cheap Backup Camera ?
on Sep 7, 2012 at 3:41:45 pm

I have an update to make. I like the HX9v but have been hitting it's limitations. The biggest of which is how long the battery can hold a charge. When shooting video it's only 20-30 minutes. And lovely Sony was nice enough to make the power plug RIGHT next to the tripod mount so I cannot hookup external power while using a tripod.

Despite this camera is AMAZING, that has completely messed up some of my shots. I've had to constantly film for a while then run back, recharge the battery, and come back to filming.

Another interesting pitfall is the video files are HUGE. It doesn't have a mode to dumb down the quality much. Pretty much always films in 1920x1080p at 60fps. I think I can dumb it down to 60fps interlaced but that's it. Making it really cumbersome to do simple little video blog posts on Youtube.

I'm now in the market for another cheap camera. Ultimately, the quality should be good enough but doesn't have to match the HX9v which is completely JAW DROPPING btw.

All I really need it for is a fairly decent wide angle camera to shoot mechanic videos I make.

MUST have a battery that lasts at least a couple hours.
MUST do 1080p (preferably 60fps but not necessary as long as can do 720p at 60fps for slow motion shots).
MUST use a USB plug to download
MUST have a tripod mount.
MUST have a plug for an external microphone.

I have been quite keen of the pocket cameras (Creative & Kodak). Their motion jitter / shake is appalling though. But I probably would have this on a tripod most all the time so might not be an issue.

Curious of any other cheap cameras anybody's had experience with?

Ultimately, I'm saving some dough for the 5d Mark III. Mainly for still photography but I think it has a pretty awesome video capabilities too. Just don't have the money for it quite yet.

These cheap cameras are starting to earn me my keep though. I'm making a few bucks here and there off of Youtube and other informational products I sell created with them :) Despite you have to tweak / work them a bit harder to get the job done.

I'm learning the ropes of online publishing. Mostly as an excuse to play with more cameras.

Here's several of my latest ventures,

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