You might be wondering, "Video recorders? But this is radio." You're right. This is radio, but radio is much more than audio now. Radio in a way is one of the original social networks. Our personalities interact with the public all the time. We create events to bring listeners together. While we can't use video on the air, we can use it online.
There are lots of choices in consumer video cameras. Any of these will work to post content online, but remembering our audio roots, we looked for cameras that offer something more than the basic point-and-shoot with whatever audio can be obtained. Cost is certainly a factor, especially if several cameras will be deployed. Ease of use is important. But we also looked for some choices that provide better audio than the bargain-basement special, which includes high-quality stereo mics or an audio input.
It's easy to capture video of your station's events and post the coverage on your website or social networking sites. Basic free or inexpensive video editing software can clean things up to provide a new element to your station's content and new life to your station's image.
|Model||Cisco UltraHD||Alesis VideoTrack||Samson Zoom Q3HD||ION Audio Twin Video|
|External Memory||None||2GB SD card, SDHC, up to 16GB||2GB SD card, up to 32GB||SD Card/SDHC memory slot|
|Record Time||2 hours||1-2 hours||45 minutes (2GB), 7 hours (32GB)||4 hours|
|Video Quality||1280x720, 720p HD at 30fps ||640x480 at 25-30fps ||720p at 30 or 60fps or 1080p at 30fps ||640x480 at 30fps|
|Lens||Digital zoom||Digital zoom||4x Digital zoom||Front and back lenses, 3x digital zoom|
|Battery||Flip Video Lithium-ion Battery Pack (included) or 3 AAA Lithium Batteries||Rechargeable, user-replaceable lithium-ion||Two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries ||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery|
|Screen size||2"||2.4" ||2.4-inch 320x240 color LCD display ||2.4" TFT|
|Dimensions||4.16" x 2.11" x 0.88"||4.5 x 2.5 x 1"||2.16" x 5.2" x 1.26"(W x D x H)||5.5" (H)|
|Software||FlipShare software||ArcSoft MediaImpression with direct YouTube upload for PC||Includes HandyShare editing and, YouTube uploader software, Apple QuickTime||Apple Quicktime|
|Microphone||Built-in wide-range stereo microphone ||Built-in stereo condenser microphones||Built-in stereo condenser, external line in||Built-in mono|
|Outputs||HDMI||USB, analog video, headphone, NTSC/PAL switchable||NTSC/PAL TV and HDMI output , USB||USB, Audio (RCA), Composite (Video), SD/MMC Memory Card, S-Video, NTSC, PAL|
|Operating Systems||Windows XP, Vista, 7||Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, Mac||Windows, Mac OS||Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later|
|Out of the box||Camera, rechargeable battery pack, wrist strap, soft protective case, user guide ||Camera, USB cable, composite video cable, software CD, battery, hand strap, handle/grip, user guide||2GB SD card, batteries, camera, user guide||Camera, USB cable, remote switch, software CD, battery, handle/grip |
|Optional Accessories||Power adapter, USB cables, HDMI cables, soft pouch, waterproof case, underwater housing, wide-angle lens, tripod, FlipShare TV (wireless), iGo portable projector||Soft shell case, windscreen, ac adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable, tripod|
|Features||Touchscreen, large sliding viewing screen, snap still photos from video||Still-image shots with flash||Three lighting settings, audio meters, Auto Level, icon-based user interface, HD video and audio||HD coming soon|