I kind of hate flips. They are too small to hold easily, you really need to have a viewfinder - just the screen is VERY hard to see depending on lighting - and they don't adjust well to different light.
I have a flip. I would never buy one, though. It was a gift, from someone who I had told not to buy me one a year earlier, and said I would rather buy myself a camera than be given one. I will be buying one which actually is zoomable and with which you can see what you're shooting with the sun at your back (as you should be positioning yourself to shoot.)
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
Originally Posted by katarine
If you have a fat gay horse that likes Parelli, you're really screwed
most people these days just use tablets to shoot video- the ipad and its knockoffs. They generally produce much better video than the Flips, you can watch it immediately, and of course upload/email it to wherever- you can edit it and put it on youtube ringside before the class even pins. And since it's a tablet, it has multiple other functions.
Another vote for a Flip. It's super small and easy to use. I can hand it to even the most un-technologically savvy person who might be standing around when I want someone to video me and they can figure out how to use it. Then I just hook it to my laptop and can upload the video straight to my computer or to YouTube. Mine is high definition and has a pretty good zoom on it. Definitely recommend the tripod if you plan to use it a lot and want really steady video (especially on the zoom!).
"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." --Dwight D Eisenhower
I've got a Flip somewhere...took some decent movies..but a pain in the butt to hold, same with tablets and any modern video camera without a support.
As suggested earlier, get a monopod tall enough for you to stand up without leaning over, much more comfy to use and the video will be so much less like you have a palsy of some sort. Then practice shooting before you actually need to use the camera.
I made the mistake of buying a video camera years ago. I have regretted it ever since. Now I just use my regular camera for all photos and video and will continue to do that. The videos from my regular camera are way better than the ones on the video camera, plus the memory card in the regular camera is way easier to use than the memory in the stupid video camera since I needed a cord to plug it into my computer. Plus I bought a sony camera because it was on sale, not realising that I couldn't get videos from a sony camera into my mac computer. Also, I do not have one friend with a PC so my clinic videos and show videos are trapped in the stupid thing. Lesson learned.