Hey guys! In my last video I had a lot of questions about my new camera. Many of you noticed that the quality was much improved from my last camera, and I definitely agree. As you can see, it's quite small, which I like. There were many more larger and higher priced options at Best Buy, but I'm not trying to make Oscar winning films here, I'm doing YouTube videos... so I went with something better than what I had, but within my price range. I'm still learning about it, but I'll put some details below...
Camera: Panasonic SDR-S7 (SD Video Camera)
Cost: Around $200 at Best Buy
Comes with: A battery and charger, an audio/video cable, a USB cable and editing software
Records on: an SD card. (I used my own, the camera does not come with one). Then I just pop it in my computer and it loads it into the editing software (definitely still learning about that!)
Imrpovements over previous camera: My last camera was a little white Aiptek- about half the price of this one and worked well for me for a year and a half or so. It ran on rechargeable batteries and had a similar flip around LCD screen. This new one has much clearer audio and video, and lots of bells & whistles... you can adjust for low-light situations, there's something called "soft skin" mode, you can set the date & time... there's many things that I'm not even familiar with yet. Oh and lets not forget this can be used just like a regular digital camera as well.
As you can see in the picture below- you can easily play back video you recorded on the LCD screen... you can also flip that screen all the way around- and see everything you're doing as you record- that's really important when you're doing tutorials. Many of the controls are right there opposite the LCD screen. Even though I don't know tons about it, it's still pretty easy to use.
Another thing-- You can see the tripod the camera is sitting on. The camera screws onto this mini tripod which was one of the smaller options available at best buy. The legs extend out to 3 different lengths- it's great for sitting on a tabletop or counter. I no longer have the packaging but it says "mini-D" on the side. It was around 15 bucks at Best Buy and I love it.
Have a great day everyone!