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    Default What is a good camera for Youtube?

    Hello everyone.

    I've been looking around the internet for an answer to my question, but I am getting a huge range of answers that I don't exactly know what to decide. And I saw a thread on this forum section that is related, but I didn't quite get any answers, so I thought I'd ask for myself.

    I'm trying to get a video camera for Youtube - Something inexpensive that works well in my room when I film. I can try getting some lighting to help, but I just need a good camera.

    I don't need it to be super high def that you can see the pores on my face, but I just need one that's better than the one on my laptop. You can see an example video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoC-P8C363Y

    I would film more with my laptop camera if it weren't for the fact that the light on my laptop screen reflects off of my glasses, so there's always this horrible glare that makes me look like my eyes are glowing. Also, the screen resolution is not fit for Youtube's, so I always get the black bars on the left and right side of my videos.

    My budget is $300.

    Any specific cameras anyone can suggest to me? I'd greatly appreciate it

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    Canon SLR's are very popular and a good option but they may be outside of your price range. I don't think I've seen them for cheaper than $400. That's what I'm switching too soon. I use a Sony HDR (in your price range) but my model doesn't have a mic input (bad idea) and I want to start using lapel mics.

    Check out the Sony HDR's. They are in your price range. Just be sure to choose a model that has a mic input. I really love my camera except for the mic situation. I believe I paid around $300.

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    Would this be a good camera to use?

    http://store.sony.com/compact-pov-ac...All-Action-Cam

    It's in my price range and it has a mic port.

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    Looks good to me and it's HD 1080p so another plus. It also has a hard drive which makes transferring movie files to your computer for editing much easier. Mine has that too. Thumbs up!

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    Hi Jay, I have read your blog quite a bit and decided to throw my 2 cents in. I agree that the video you used for an example is a little blurry, but the bottom line is the message was as clear as a bell. Ask yourself if you are trying to gain stature as a videographer, or just trying to promote what you do online so you can earn more? I do most of my videos with Camtasia (which is about equal cost), but if you offered to trade me that fancy Sony camera for my Camtasia I would say NO WAY!!! If I do want to show my head in a video, I use my Flip HD ($100) or Microsoft Lifecam ($50) and get the job done just fine.
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    I would Recommend you the Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam to use youtube upload. It has many good features which provide the best quality videos !

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    Along with the camera, I wonder what is needed for a tripod or do you just set up using some books to rest the camera on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StartFlatBroke View Post
    Hi Jay, I have read your blog quite a bit and decided to throw my 2 cents in. I agree that the video you used for an example is a little blurry, but the bottom line is the message was as clear as a bell. Ask yourself if you are trying to gain stature as a videographer, or just trying to promote what you do online so you can earn more? I do most of my videos with Camtasia (which is about equal cost), but if you offered to trade me that fancy Sony camera for my Camtasia I would say NO WAY!!! If I do want to show my head in a video, I use my Flip HD ($100) or Microsoft Lifecam ($50) and get the job done just fine.
    I would like to have a look at a couple of your Camtasia videos. One application I have is to use articles on my desktop, insert some wording, nothing very sophisticated.

    Thanks

    daveM

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