A lion, tiger and bear recovered in a drug bust in 2001 have been living together ever since at an animal rescue center near Atlanta. Leo, Shere Khan and Baloo are like brothers; caretakers say separating them would bring depression.
After 30+ episodes of the Geek News Weekly podcast, we’re giving it a video reboot on YouTube. In other words, we’re starting over at #1. Enjoy!
In this week’s episode, Mark, Aly & Emma discuss Thor: The Dark World, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and our thoughts on the online mini-episodes leading up to the 50th Anniversary Episode of Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor.
Over the past few years, I’ve found myself to be more of a Nikon kinda guy, but after looking at what Canon had to offer, well, Nikon might be good for photos, but Canon is what I need for video.
I really liked the BlackMagic Pocket Camera. I really did, but if I were to get that, I would have to invest in several lenses and batteries, which would come up to a combined cost of much more than what the camera alone would cost, plus I discovered I would need to upgrade my computer just to run their software. At some point it’s a camera I’d like to acquire, but not this year, or next year. No, I didn’t get the XA10, XA20 or the XA25. Instead I went with a cheaper model. As much as I wanted the XA10, I couldn’t justify spending an extra $800 just for night vision and a handle, both of which I can add later for much cheaper. The only thing I would have liked to get would be the XLR jacks that were built into the handle, but that’s minor, as I’ve already found a work around for that, so I went for the cheaper/less pro, more consumer camera the Canon Vixia HF G20. It’s still got the professional quality and features, it’s just lacking a few options the more professional cameras might have, but for my purposes, I won’t be using this camera too much outside of my home studio/office, so that makes it perfect for me just the way it is. The majority of the media it’s going to be used to record are the videos & podcasts for Jittery Robot Studios, which means I can run a line from my mixer to the audio input jack on the camera, eliminating the XLR issue. It’s small and weights just about as much as my DSLR, but it’s got the LCD touch screen which lets me line up the shot from either beside the camera or in front of it, and since it swivels, I can adjust it for glare, which is something I just couldn’t do with my D3100.
The video quality is so much nicer than any of my other four cameras have ever been able to produce, and the auto focus work perfectly when I need it, but I’ve found myself using manual focus most of the time. I have a feeling I’ll be relying on the auto focus a lot more for the videos I’m in. The built in 32GB memory is a nice touch, combined with a couple 16GB memory cards(to take advantage of the dual card slots), I’ve got nearly 8 hours of recording media to work with, but the battery that came with the camera will only run for 90 minutes, but again, that’s only a minor inconvenience that can me remedied by purchasing multiple(or larger) batteries, or running it off of the included AC adapter, which is what I intend to do when we shoot Geek News Weekly, Popcorn Screenings and our Book Club videos. My only gripe with the camera so far is the touch screen. I’m always afraid I’m going to break/scratch it. It comes with a stylus to keep your finger prints off of it, but after using Apple devices for the past few years, a few smudges don’t exactly bother me. What bothers me is having to go into menu settings to adjust white balance or stabilization. I don’t like that I have to choose only two options for the custom buttons, I’d like to see more physical buttons on the device that I can access instantly, without having to muddle around in menu settings. If anything ever happens to the touch screen, this camera is toast. Other than my touch screen issues, I absolutely love this camera. The sound quality is pretty decent for something built in, not that I’m ever really going to use the built in sound, but it’s a nice step forward in camcorder technology than what I have experienced in the past. Will I ever shoot an Oscar winning movie on it? Probably not. What I will shoot on it are:
If you’re looking for a high quality camcorder that will suit your needs but not break the bank, this is likely the camera you want/need. With four hours of built in storage in such a compact design, I think this will be the perfect device to take with me on my next trip. It’ll be nice not having to worry about losing tape cassettes or not having enough SD cards in my bag.