On Monday after work, I headed for the hills with my guitar and camera, hoping to get a few good shots for my newly redesigned website. I raced up the steep, overgrown path to reach the top in time for golden hour. We’ve had a lot of rain this year and the hillside was unusually lush and green. More
Photo and Video
- Gear Diary
- Guitar Circuit Wiring
- Guitar Potentiometers
- Guitar Preamp Cable
- Guitar Tone Capacitors
- Guitar Treble Bleed
- Pedal Building
- Photo and Video
- Semi-Hollowbody Electronics
- VOX AC15
Last month I wrote about my new Panasonic G7, and how I was having good success in low-light video. I’m using an old inexpensive manual Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens, along with an Fotasy FD – M4/3 adapter.
At our last night-time gig, I had to position the camera really far away for the 100mm focal length to fit the entire band in the frame.
We’ve been using the Sony HDR-MV1 camera to video our gigs, and it works reasonably well, but I’m continuously frustrated by the poor quality in low light. The stages we play in my band are always either super-sunny, or very dimly lit.
I know that my Canon T2i DSLR works much better in low light with its bigger sensor and better lenses, but like most cameras, its maximum video recording time is very short (under 15 minutes). So it’s impossible to use for gigs. More
In addition to playing guitar and running the sound for my band, I’m also in charge of the cameras and making the videos. So I picked up an HDR-MV1 and have been using it for a few months to record some rehearsals and gigs. More
After experimenting with a couple of HD webcams – the Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 and Microsoft Cinema HD – I was ultimately frustrated by them. They suffered from generally poor quality, especially fuzzy at the edges of the frame, weird color saturation and white balance issues, auto-focus inconsistency, etc. The built-in microphones were both terrible, the Logitech prone to massive distorted glitching, and the Microsoft with a consistent high-pitched whine.
So, finally I decided to take the plunge and get a real HD camcorder. I can attempt to justify the huge difference in price by saying that I’ll also be using it for recording family and school events, etc. 🙂
I wanted a well built small camera, high resolution, and no tape. Also, I require an external stereo microphone in (to allow me to record guitar and voice with two separate microphones). With so many brands and models to choose from out there, it helps to narrow the playing field. I’ve always been a big fan of Canon digital cameras, and their HD camcorders are extremely well priced, and well reviewed. To get the equivalent features from a Sony or Panasonic, you need to spend almost twice as much. I decided to restrict my search to the Canon HF11 (last year’s model), the current model HF20/200 and HG20/21 cameras. The HF11/20/200 are flash based, while the HG series have built-in hard disks. More