I know many of you video your hunts, I was curious as to what you recommend for a camera?¬† I don’t really want a large commercial style camera that’s used for tv production just a small compact HD hand held video¬†camera.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.What is your budget?All We Do Is SELFILMEDReally do not have a budget in mind but if I were to put a number on it I’d say under $800?
Joined: 4/23/2008Canon Vixia HF G20. I will buy one soon
Joined: 9/19/2007I am using a Canon G20.If you are wanting to stick below $800 I’d suggest the Canon HF G10 (used). ¬†The HF G20 would be a better cam but you’d have to stretch your budget to about $900 or a touch more.All We Do Is SELFILMEDThanks for the advice. So lets say I wanted to get a cheap $200-$300 one for the time being what would you suggest.I see “Uncle Ted” using a bow mounted Go Pro on the Spirit of the Wild TV show. Go Pro has a WiFi wrist remote and waterproof casing options¬†as well. My buddy got a Go Pro last summer to film our fishing trips … awesome HD-quality movies even in low light. Costs way less than $800.
I see ‚ÄúUncle Ted‚ÄĚ using a bow mounted Go Pro on the Spirit of the Wild TV show. Go Pro has a WiFi wrist remote and waterproof casing optionsas well. My buddy got a Go Pro last summer to film our fishing trips ‚Ä¶ awesome HD-quality movies even in low light. Costs way less than $800.
Brian, the GoPro cameras are GREAT for 2nd angle stuff, but not for primary cameras. ¬†I’m assuming that is what he was wanting to purchase.
Here are a couple videos using only GoPros…first video the shot was ~35 yards…2nd video the shot was ~18 yards.
This last video was shot using a mixture of a primary camera (Canon XA10) and a secondary angle (GoPro).
The Canon G10 has the same sensor as the Canon XA10 which was used for the 3rd video. ¬†You are going to be hard pressed to find something in the $200-$300 range with a lot of the features I’d recommend for a good selfilmed camera. ¬†Usually you’ll loose out on low light performance and the LANC input. ¬†There are a few cheaper options other than the G10 but they are just a little out of the $200-$300 range. ¬†They would be the Canon S200, Canon S20, or Canon S21…should be able to find them used for about $450. ¬†Hope this helps! ¬†I recommend you find the SELFILMED blog…I wrote up an article on what to look for in a primary camera. ¬†That should be a big help in finding a camera.
Good luck!All We Do Is SELFILMEDThanks guys! Yes I do have GoPro already and it’s mounted on my stab. It’s cool but yes I am looking for something with zoom to get better video thanks ill check out your blog. I have looked at your sight and watched your vids they are pretty sweet.
Location: OregonI have been recording hunts and taking pictures¬†with my Olympus Tough TG-1¬†¬†I HS.¬†….It is a rugged outdoor camera that provides great¬†Still¬†pictures and awesome HD video…..Water proof and I have never had it fog up at all….certainly in situations which I have had others fog up. I purchased this camera as I wanted a water resistant, rugged camera that would take the best Videos and pictures I could afford in a all around camera for hunting….and not break the bank. Well, this camera is not cheap but well worth the money when compared to others which are more expensive but do not take better pictures and HD video. I would recommend this camera for any hunter/outdoorsman wanting a great camera to carry with them. Low light pictures and HD video are awesome. And when the pictures and video need to be taken in the dark….this camera does a very good job.
I do have a GO PRO I use at times with a head strap for turkey hunts…Takes great HD video…But, the fish eye is¬†annoying. And, it is what I would consider “fixed” as you cant zoom. But one thing that is really bothersome is you cant playback with it when in the field. All said, it is a amazing little box for the video it captures.
Certainly if you want a straight up Video camera for TV HD style production the Cannon G20 is¬†a great video recorder. I know a couple people who have this video camera and love it.¬†¬†It’s¬†the one I would get even if I had to save up.
Good luck…let us know how it goes…>>>>--Shoot Straight-->
…Brian, the GoPro cameras are GREAT for 2nd angle stuff, but not for primary cameras. I‚Äôm assuming that is what he was wanting to purchase…
In that case, a limited $200-$300 budget isn’t going to get anywhere near “pro-sumer” quality video, especially when the mounts, filters, etc. are thrown in.¬†¬†
Frankly, I can’t imagine how you ‘self-filmed’ guys do it … I bungle just putting down my book and taking off my reading glasses in order to pick up my bow, then have a heck of a time hooking up the release. You watch, after Dave Watson gets me filmed on a hunt, it’ll probably be aired on the Comedy Channel instead of the Outdoors Channel.
Location: OregonOh Brian….
I bet none of us will say a word about something like that after watching you and Mark…..¬†¬† ¬†>>>>--Shoot Straight-->
LOL. ¬†I can’t wait to see it Brian. ¬†Good luck to you whenever you finally get the arrangements worked out!All We Do Is SELFILMED
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