My Digital HD Video Camera at the Auto Show

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This past weekend, I took my family to the Canadian International Car Show in Toronto.  It was such a blast.  Even my one year old loved it.  She was laughing and waving at all the people.  She was even pointing at all the expensive cars…I guess she has good taste.  The morning before the show, I decided to take my HD pocket camera with me just in case my daughter decided to take her first steps that day.  I also happened to be carrying my Sony digital camera so I can take come pics at the show…and of course I was carrying my crackberry (I mean blackberry).  When we arrived, it hit me that I was carrying three portable devices that can record video!  What an opportunity to compare the quality of the 3 video cameras.  Let’s see how it turned out.

Let’s compare the numbers:

1. Cell Phone: My Blackberry Curve 8900 records video at a resolution of 240×180.  If this was an iPhone it would record video at 640×480 (sometimes referred to as VGA or 480p).

2. Digital Camera: My Sony Cybershot W120 records video at 640×480.  Most of the new digital cameras nowadays can record video at 1280×720 (also known as 720p HD Video)

3. HD Video Camera: My Creative Vado HD records video at 1280×720.  Other pocket cameras like the Flip Camera record at the same video quality or slightly higher (up to 1920×1080 on the Kodak Zi8 – a.k.a 1080p).  HD video cameras also record in the widescreen format which looks great on YouTube as it fills up the entire video player.  If you are wondering what my recommendations are for the best HD video cameras are, don’t forget to check out my video on the best digital video cameras for creating online video.

So what do all these numbers mean?  Well, simply said, the higher the number the sharper and less grainy or “pixelly” the video will be, especially when you upload it to an online video sharing site like YouTube.  It is important to note these sites automatically convert your videos to make them smaller and faster for online viewing, so the higher the video resolution the better the quality of the final converted video will be.

Conclusion:

All of these pocket cameras are excellent for creating online video….even the Blackberry Curve.  The Blackberry’s video is a bit grainy, but it is still clear enough to deliver your message.  I wouldn’t use it all the time, but if you had an opportunity to record an interview or special event and you weren’t carrying your pocket cam or digital camera, then I’d definitely go for it.

It is also worth noting that this video was edited using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD.  It had no problems handling three different video formats (.3gp, .mpeg, and .avi) and allowed me to edit them together.  That’s awesome!

Have You Created a Video Recently? Have you recorded an exciting video recently?  Have you uploaded it to YouTube yet?  Leave the link to your YouTube video in the comments below and let me know which camera you used to shoot that video. You never know…you may inspire someone.

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Hani Mourra

Hani Mourra is an online video marketing coach who is passionate about helping people marketing their business online using online video.

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Mole J
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Wow, very nice. The HD Packet Cam looks amazing. I looking at getting the Kodak Zi8, Michael Koenigs seems to like it a lot. From watching some video of it on Youtube, it looks great.

Right now I am using my Samsung Solstice cell phone. hahahaha.Editing it in Windows Movie Maker Live. Not the best quality, but looking to move up to the Kodak Zi8 soon.

My videos on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/molej

Hani
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Hey Mole J,

First, I really think you’re brilliant because you’re using the camera that you have now to shoot video (even if it is a cell phone). Most people delay creating videos because they think they don’t have the “right” equipment. Congrats on taking action! 🙂

The Zi8 is definitely a great camera…I’ve done a review of the top 3 HD pocketcams on my blog and it was on there:
http://www.easyonlinevideotips.com/best-hd-video-camera-for-creating-online-video/

Also, if you are looking for very inexpensive, yet powerful video editing software you can also check out my review of Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD:
http://www.easyonlinevideotips.com/best-software-for-video-editing-on-a-pc/

Let me know if you get the Zi8.
Hani

Lee Jones
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It just amazes me how far this technology has come these days, the video images are clearly getting better and better all the time.

There once was a time when the news gatherers would use a shot from ” Amateurs” and state ” shot on amateur Camcorder” now the difference in broadcast quality and consumer cameras (image quality) have diminished….. !

Hani
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You’re soo right. The technology is amazing..and consider the size of these HD pocket cams (around the size of a cell phone), they do shoot amazing video quality. More and more are improving the audio quality by adding a microphone input jack to allow connecting of external microphones. Gotta love technology…its only going to get better 🙂

Hani
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Thanks for dropping by again Rhianne. It is always nice to hear from you again. I am really happy to hear you are starting your online marketing videos soon…that’s really exciting. If I can help in any way, please let me know…I’m here to help.

The message of this video is not to get caught up and distracted with the latest camera technology. Use what you have. The important thing is that you get started and that you provide value to your viewers.

hanimourra
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You’re welcome Ron! You’re latest video is awesome…keep pushing out those videos.

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] You’re welcome Ron! You’re latest video is awesome…keep pushing out those videos.

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] You’re welcome Ron! You’re latest video is awesome…keep pushing out those videos.

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] You’re welcome Ron! You’re latest video is awesome…keep pushing out those videos.

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] You’re welcome Ron! You’re latest video is awesome…keep pushing out those videos.

LadyBizBiz
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You are an angel Hani, once again taking all the hard work out of making comparisons. Thank you.
It really is a very useful way to get your message across to your particular audience … I will be exploring my options for making promotional video’s during the next few months so you can be sure I’ll be tuning back in to your site to keep up to date with what you are recommending.

RonMourra
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Wow, you don’t realize the difference between camera’s until you compare it objectively. Thanks Hani for another great video. I followed your tip and have been using my Vado HD Camera. I love it! So much better than the Blackberry camera.

Also with the editing software you recommended am able to create, edit and upload videos in under 20 minutes! Just posted my latest Vblog entry on site, you should check it out. Thanks again

RonMourra
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[..YouTube..] Wow, you don’t realize the difference between camera’s until you compare it objectively. Thanks Hani for another great video. I followed your tip and have been using my Vado HD Camera. I love it! So much better than the Blackberry camera.

Also with the editing software you recommended am able to create, edit and upload videos in under 20 minutes! Just posted my latest Vblog entry on site, you should check it out. Thanks again

RonMourra
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[..YouTube..] Wow, you don’t realize the difference between camera’s until you compare it objectively. Thanks Hani for another great video. I followed your tip and have been using my Vado HD Camera. I love it! So much better than the Blackberry camera.

Also with the editing software you recommended am able to create, edit and upload videos in under 20 minutes! Just posted my latest Vblog entry on site, you should check it out. Thanks again

RonMourra
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[..YouTube..] Wow, you don’t realize the difference between camera’s until you compare it objectively. Thanks Hani for another great video. I followed your tip and have been using my Vado HD Camera. I love it! So much better than the Blackberry camera.

Also with the editing software you recommended am able to create, edit and upload videos in under 20 minutes! Just posted my latest Vblog entry on site, you should check it out. Thanks again

RonMourra
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[..YouTube..] Wow, you don’t realize the difference between camera’s until you compare it objectively. Thanks Hani for another great video. I followed your tip and have been using my Vado HD Camera. I love it! So much better than the Blackberry camera.

Also with the editing software you recommended am able to create, edit and upload videos in under 20 minutes! Just posted my latest Vblog entry on site, you should check it out. Thanks again

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