Thursday, March 19, 2009
Just an update to the camera post, we ended up going with a Canon ZR900 for the kid's first video camera. Picked up a refurb for 40% off the going rate and there is not a scratch on the thing. Only accessory missing was a $4 watch battery to keep the time. Since there are so many cameras in the price range, we had a hard time choosing, but this one had a few features that other cameras in the price range don't usually, have and of course Canon's own great optics. First off, we decided that he didn't need HD. We looked at submission requirements for film festivals and summer camps, and none of them required HD, some even specifically required miniDV. Secondly, this was the only DV camera under $400 with a mic-in. This gives him the option of using any microphone which can greatly improve audio quality over the built-in. Last, it has the ability to manually control exposure and focus, important for learning how to set up shots and dealing with light. The body is nice and compact but still has a decent-sized 16x9 ratio LCD screen and color viewfinder. Four days after it arrived, he was shooting a project for his 10th-grade history class. Next we have to get him a tripod so he won't steal my expensive manfrotto again.