When I began blogging I used a Flip UltraHD capable of delivering 720p video. The camera was easy to use and did a good job. Of course, upgrading equipment had to happen because I wanted to take pictures.
As time went by I noticed that I had to always borrow someone's camera to take image stills. Eventually I resolved to get a higher quality camera, and it became the Sony HDR-CX150. Since 2010 I have used this camera for most of my videos and images. Of course, the camera was not perfect. Some of the drawbacks wasted a lot of my time in the editing process.
Issues with the HDR-CX150:
- Hideous auto-focus issues.
- Large image stills, but only offered 3 MP.
- No external Mic port.
- Very slow touch interface.
- Painfully slow video-deleting times.
- Videos often required color correction through Sony Vegas.
As the internet becomes saturated with content, low quality content will become of less demand. Content always moves up towards higher quality (like TVs/smartphones have done). As 2012 came to a close I decided to upgrade the equipment.
Canon EOS 60D for taking photos. Coming from a simple snap-and-go of the HDR-CX150 I initially felt lost with the high number of manual adjustments. The image quality is incredible as seen on the image of the two Sony cameras below.
Sony HDR-PJ710V to the left and Sony HDR-CX150 on the right. The new camera has some incredibly fast auto-focus, has external mic support, faster touch interface, and even higher quality video and photos; it's an incredible piece of gear. The image of the Canon 60D was taken by the HDR-PJ710V.
These two pieces of equipment are capable of capturing lots of details. In future posts I will post some captured content, such as images, video, and audio. This should give you a change to notice the differences in quality.
Because of the higher image quality the content I post will have higher detail and therefore bigger in file size. Editing and uploading files will take more time, but I think it will be worth it. Low bandwidth internet connections may have a harder time, but the internet service providers are updating their services and they should download images faster.
Note: The Sony camera is used, the Canon is new; both of these cameras were bought during after-Crhistmass deals, which saved me a lot of money. :-) Also, I had to spend business revenue in order to reduce profit taxes, it's a win-win situation in this case.