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  • digital camera/video camera for riding recommendations

    I did a search, but couldn't really find anything. Anyway, my own camera has been having some issues with the memory card, and the resolution/zoom aren't very good in any case. My housemates have a better one that they sometimes let me borrow, but it just had a major malfunction. Plus, I've had several recommendations that I video my rides/lessons, and it would be great to be able to do so for more than 15 seconds at a time! Any models that work well for just putting on a tripod and aiming at the arena if I don't have someone to take pictures? Any that let you zoom in nicely while videoing? Both in different modes would be even better! I'd like to keep the price down if possible, but I'm more concerned with being able to have usable footage.
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  • #2
    ooh ohh great question!

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    • #3
      What are you hoping to do with the video?
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      • #4
        The Canon G9 is a pretty nice little point and shoot that takes very good quality video.


        • #5
          Canon is hard to beat.
          That is all I have ever had in picture cameras.

          Now, just for a small, simple video one, Circuit City had this one at half price a few months ago:

          Sony Handycam, hybrid HDD, DCR-SR45


          • #6
            Define "good quality video".

            If you mean "Will take a serviceably clear video in outdoor light conditions", just about any camcorder can handle that, including the sub-$200 models.

            If you mean "Will record well in the low-light conditions of an indoor arena", you're going to spend at least $500. Real camera purists would say that you'd have to spend $2000 to get good results in low light, but I'm not one of those!

            Personally, I've done fine looking at videos from my cheesy three-year-old Canon Powershot digicam. It takes good enough videos for Youtube, and I'm more concerned with still photo images than the videos. If you're willing to accept Youtube quality in outdoor lighting conditions, then just about any digital camera on the market will do that job!
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            • Original Poster

              I want to watch them myself, mostly, and hopefully go over them *with* the instructor during the lesson, so she can show me what I'm doing. I've done that before, even with pretty limited equipment, and it's *very* helpful. I'd also like to post them here, either to share what we're working on, or to ask for suggestions. Several people have expressed an interest in seeing some video of me vaulting, and I've had several people *take* video, but it's like pulling teeth to ever get a copy so I can watch it! I'm hoping to also get some video of my dancing lessons which are indoors, but have good lighting.

              None of the places I ride currently have an indoor (I do vaulting at one barn, eventing lessons at another barn, and get to ride some of my friend's horses for free in the arena and field at her home). One that is good enough to take decent stills and/or video in poor lighting would be great, though, in case that changes, but I know that's likely to really increase the price and reduce my options, so it's not my top priority.

              You-tube-ish quality is ok, but a little better would be nice, of course! I'm not expecting them to be sale ad quality, but I'd like for (with a decent photographer) it to be able to mostly focus in on me, instead of going from being a tiny dot on the horizon to getting footage of my outside ear. I'd prefer to be able to get at least 1-3 minutes of footage in one clip, rather than only a few seconds like my current camera does.
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              • #8
                The Canon G9 sounds like just the ticket then, at least IMO. Runs around $450 on Amazon.


                • #9
                  Here is the Sony I got and paid, on sale, some $230 for it.
                  Prices sure have gone up since then:


                  I would write all the names and models you like and keep checking for sales in all places.


                  • Original Poster

                    I'm hoping to round up a few suggestions, then check out sales and e-bay.
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                    • #11
                      This is way on the cheap side, and doesn't zoom great...but I LOVE my daughter's Flip Video. I got it for her for Christmas. No tapes - just memory. Records an hour-ish. What I love about it is that it's extremely compact, and has only 2 or 3 buttons. It's super easy to use and fun to have around the barn.

                      No, it's not my favorite for videotaping lessons, but it does work (if you have good eyes!).


                      • #12
                        A lot of new cameras are about to hit the market in the next few months so wait for the sales! The current crop of HD camcorders is nice but you can't do much with the video unless you've got a seriously good PC or a tricked out Mac (Mac-Mini won't do). Sadly the current consumer PC market is mostly regurgitation of previously high-end models from the last two years with a few companies offering the latest stuff for a HUGE premium, much more than you would pay to get the equivalent machine built from identical or similar parts.

                        All camcorders on the market take still shots if you want that sort of thing but the really great thing is that you can watch your stuff in HD either by putting the memory card/disc into the TV/separate video player or connecting the camera directly to an HDTV with HDMI. The camcorder I'm getting isn't out yet (still in development) but it's gonna set a new standard for consumer video when it is released next year. It's being developed from technology currently being used in digital cinema cameras so it will deliver seriously yummy looking video.
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                        • #13
                          We have the Sony Handycam, hybrid HDD, DCR-SR45 and love it. It does very good video both inside and out. (Remember, when you look at youtube videos that the quality you see has nothing to do with the camera that took it. ) It is a hard drive camera and can store HOURS of video in high quality. No tapes, cds or any opening doors to get dust into . It also downloads quickly to a computer or you can just plug it into your TV.

                          We also have the Fuji Finepix S8000fd. It shoots like a 35MM and can shoot fairly high speed with a high speed card. I like it a lot and use it for "still shots" on our web site. It will also do video of pretty good quality but you cannot zoom while videoing and you are limited to the size of your card.

                          Both cameras are not expensive and both are easy to use, especially the Sony.
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                          • #14
                            I have an Olympus SP-500 UZ. I love it because you can set it on auto or do custom settings. I can set it for low light or nightime, this comes in handy for shooting indoors. It has 10X optical zoom and 5X digital zoom. This means I can take a photo of a tree 1000 feet away and zoom in to see the bark and moss on the trunk.

                            I can take over 5 minutes of video with mine. If I got a bigger dx card it would probably be more. It also has the feature to take 3 or 4 photos in sequence.

                            I bought mine two years ago, so it is outdated. On e-bay you can buy one recondition, or get a newer model with more mega pixels. If you are looking for a digital that can also take video, check it out.


                            • #15
                              Advice: video camera and software for youtube videos?

                              Like the title says, what do you use or recommend? I have not attempted youtube videos yet, but I am intrigued by what some people are able to create and post on youtube. For those of you who create and upload videos, what hardwar and software exactly do you use?

                              software to edit and create videos?

                              Tips on creating?


                              • #16
                                If money isn't a big consideration...

                                I would consider one of those newer camera's that have the Harddrive inside instead of using video tapes. That way you just plug the camera into your computer and it acts like an external drive. I believe it comes with some editing software, but for the best stuff you would want Adobe Premier..
                                If you want be go on the cheap, look into one of those memory stick cameras that run in the $100 to $200 range. They are decent especially for uploaded video, where the quality isn't going to be fabulous anyway due to compression and other peoples connection speed...
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                                • #17
                                  Here are some tips:
                                  • brand or size of camera do not matter very much, the quality of consumer cameras is very good across the board, just go to a BestBuy (or other similar store) and try out some cameras for easy handling
                                  • make sure your camera and computer can communicate, most likely via a USB or FireWire cable - this is how you will get the footage from the tape (your camera will be your "tape deck")into your computer to edit
                                  • as far as editing software goes, if you have a Mac, you are lucky because it comes with iMovie which is great software for beginners; I'm sure there is something similar for PC users
                                  • make short videos! cut the boring stuff out! then save as a Quicktime file which you can email or upload to YouTube (need to create an account beforehand) or other video sites
                                  • another REALLY important thing to quickly improve the quality of your videos: use a tripod, or sth. else to steady your hand/arm and practice following the action - nothing harder to watch than the jerky videos out there

                                  Hope this helps!


                                  • #18
                                    I've got an even more specific question than the OP...

                                    I've got my footage. I've got a mac and iMovie. I've done my editing down to 2-3 minutes per horse, each horse has his own video to keep it short. I save these short videos as quicktime movies and they play great and the file size is relatively small (25-50 MB). Then I upload them to youtube or dailymotion and they look awful: frame rate too slow, pixelated, etc.

                                    This is a real problem because these are sales horses and I want to be able to provide an honest view of how these horses move.

                                    Any suggestions on specific settings when saving as a quicktime movie for youtube or other video sharing sites?


                                    • #19
                                      Best inexpensive video camera for filming horses?

                                      I killed my video camera.

                                      I need to replace it and I would like to find one that isn't super expensive. This last one was about 480 bucks and only lasted for 3 1/2 years.

                                      What are you all using and how do you like the quality? Ease of uploading? Do you feel like the camera captures the true color of the horse or does it sort of wash out (especially when in motion)?

                                      I primarily shoot in an outdoor arena so outdoor quality is important. I need a smooth zoom and a good color balance. Still shots are a must.

                                      Forgive me mods if this is too off topic.
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                                      • #20
                                        I have a Sony H-5 and it does pics and vids. I use it for all of the horse stuff.

                                        Not so great indoors. Lovely out.

                                        All of my Rolex footage and every video on youtube is with that camera.

                                        If you want to see how it does, go to youtube and look for BuddyRoo07 I believe. You can get some idea.
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