[Full HD Video] Camcorder vs Webcam vs Camera?

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  1. Lazhar

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    Publishing poems online, I plan to start a Youtube Channel with short videos of me reading some of my work or just talking about a particular topic.

    I am not a video professional at all, I have a recent Macbook Pro laptop and use Final Cut Pro X to edit and publish my videos.

    Most of the time, it will be shot indoors. But I will also shoot scenes outdoors. I will usually be sitting and talking, no extreme sports or else.

    My budget is £100-150, I was wondering what option is the best for me:
    - webcam? very cheap but can only be used at home
    - camcorder? too specialised but better video quality
    - camera? versatile, usually good quality but bad video angle from what I've read

    Let me know your thoughts, I'm kind of lost!
     
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    Welcome!

    For self-filming you'll need to monitor the view . . . some cameras/camcorders offer a flip-over LCD so you can watch the framing, camera-side.

    I have to say yr Budget is woefully low.

    DO you plan to use a Webcam with the PC/Laptop . . this would give you a quick-fix, cheaply . . . . and as yr channel progresses, then maybe the Budget will expand.

    I've bought a Sony CX410 which offers most of what you need (but don't yet now it!)...Flip-over LCD, a remote control so you can very slowly move the zoom (e.g. as the poem demands). It has 3.5mm jacks for mic-in (so use with a cheap clip-on as it improves audio quality esp in echoy-room or Outdoors where you need to improve the signal/noise ratio. It also has 3.5mm headphone op so you can monitor the audio - and exclude outside noises when Reviewing (esp. outdoors.).
    To get the remote you have to buy the Tripod - which is a bit rubbish . . . . but I bought one.

    Some camcorders now offer WiFi connectivity (links to Smartphones) . . . but then Budgets will get significantly greater.

    BTW Internet probably needs a fairly modest quality, so a modern web-cam might be sufficient, but you'll have to get at the lens so it can close-focus (most will)....to avoid the background being in sharp-focus.
     
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