June 25, 2008

Comparing little video cameras

I got a Flip today and was curious to see how it stood up to the Sony Net-Sharing Camera and my Canon SD750’s video mode.

The Flip is definitely the easiest to use. No doubt this is great feature. The quality is decent but my test shows the Canon SD750 as having a slightly better quality. I wasn’t surprised since I had read this a few weeks ago. So I took the three cameras out for a test. I did a simple pan across and zoom of the same area. Here are the results:

The bottom line is for schools/classrooms and many folks, the Flip will provide a great way to document events. All three operate like storage devices in terms of importing the video to your machine. The Sony definitely does not play nice with the Mac but having used it on the Windows machine it is a great solution as it does not need any installation to work. Our IT guys quite liked that feature. The Flip built in software looks okay as well but I didn’t really use it.
As I said in the video, I’m not much for instantly uploading. I think much like writing, editing, revising and simple cleaning up even if you’re not doing a full blow production. But still, these cheap cameras have huge potential.