In preparation for doing a video project, I experimented with different cameras that I have. This video is mostly about a Canon G12. Although I have a Canon VIXIA HFS20, which takes stunning video, my PC can't capture through it (unless I had a $300 HDMI capture card). . Obviously, the camera isn't intended for that, but if I'm going to narrate something in front of my computer it really simplifies things. So I've been playing with and old DV camera, using Firewire, and that works better than I expected. The VIXIA also saves in files I need to down-convert. The G12 creates files already in 1280x720, which is high as I want to go for this project. And the camera is small, and takes great stills. The G12 is a perfect utility camera--jack of all trades. (But yes, it isn't easy to capture through PC, though I think it able with the right cable!)
I was pleasantly surprised by the G12. I stopped doing video with it because of the focus thing (it doesn't auto-focus). Then I realized that once I set focus I generally don't move around a lot (at least wouldn't for this project).
My conclusion is that with an external audio recorder (where you can sync up audio later), the G12 takes perfectly good video for web projects. It has an articulating screen. The files are easy to work with. You have a little zoom and it takes nice photos (much better than a run-of-the-mill camcorder).
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