Affordable Camera Shootout

by dfilm

In this episode I take a look at some “Affordable” video cameras. You know, the cameras that everyone has been talking about and can’t live without.

  • Canon T2i
  • Kodak PlayTouch (Zi10)
  • GoPro Hero2
  • Apple iPhone 4s

In this totally non scientific test, I take these cameras out into some pretty harsh environments, high noon in 100 degree heat and back lit etc etc.

Here are some observations:

  • T2i - Out of the box in auto mode is works great but in back lit situations it’s auto metering couldn’t handle the AMOUNT of back lighting I threw at it. The metering is not moveable in Film mode. I choose to let it ride and show you on the end scene how putting it in manual mode will allow you to easily balance for serious back lit situations. I love this camera! (Watch the above video in 1080 mode for a real treat!)
  • PlayTouch - unfortunately after this test this is not my fave anymore. It replaced my Flip Mino (no longer in production) and I miss my Flip!
  • Hero2 - This is a ROCK STAR. I’m not sure what’s going on with the audio. Got some buzz/distortion. I’ll see if it’s there with an external mic. Still… picture quality was outstanding!
  • iPhone 4s - This was a very pleasant surprise. With the ability to set focus and exposure points you can shoot in just about any situation.

Leave me your thoughts or questions below, I’d love to hear what you think!

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