Re: digital video cameras to record animals interviewing humans about th soundscape ;-)


Subject: Re: digital video cameras to record animals interviewing humans about th soundscape ;-)
From: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (bathory@maltedmedia.com)
Date: Thu Oct 07 2004 - 08:35:11 EDT


At 11:50 PM 10/6/04 -0600, macCormac wrote:
>as Price is always a consideration, within 'reason' which DigiVideo
>would you recommend ?

Ah, price, yes. Same consideration here, so professional units were way out
of the question.

I finally purchased a Canon Optura 20 DV camera at discount for US $416.
After adding on a set of four filters, two extra batteries, a box of tapes,
a case, shipping, etc., it was a little under $700.

It's small, easy to use (very good manual features if you need them), has a
bright flip-over monitor screen (so you can see from the front of the
camera) and uses the same batteries as my Canon still camera so I didn't
have to buy a charger (it charges batteries inside the camera, which is
awkward if you need to continue to work).

It's internal/external power, 12- or 16-bit stereo sound, external mic or
AV source (I use a pair of clip-on mics for interviews), headphones, LCD or
eyepiece, Firewire (nice control with the Vegas series of software), and
takes 1MP still shots on a separate memory card. Memory card, cables, power
supply, etc., plus an incomprehensible multi-lingual manual are included.
Probably other stuff, too, but that's all I remember.

The only issues for me have been that the cassette loads from the bottom
(meaning you have to take it off a tripod) and that it's so small and light
that long shots need to to be stabilized (despite its anti-shake software).

Dennis



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