What Camera Should I Get?


Manufacturers keep coming out with new models and discontinuing older ones. We can't keep up with them, so we don't recommend any particular models.

For general tips on what to look for, check http://www.millersville.edu/~pjcooney/making-movies/ which is now rather dated but the general advice there is still quite relevant.

The Vernier Tech Info Library at http://www.vernier.com/til/1925.html has many helpful articles on video capture and analysis.

In particular http://www.vernier.com/til/1924.html offers their advice on choosing a camera for making videos.

One good option is to use a recent-vintage digital point-and-shoot camera to capture your video files. These cameras are reasonably priced and very convenient for capturing "on-location" videos wherever you happen to be. The Canon point-and shoot-cameras I've used over the last few years have met my video needs quite well. Other recent name-brand cameras would probably have done as well.

You can often download short sample videos at camera review websites such as http://www.dpreview.com/ and http://www.steves-digicams.com/ and try them in Logger Pro before buying a camera.

Happy shopping!
-- Pat Cooney