While any device that will record can be used to make your YouTube video, as long as it can be transferred to your computer, there are some video cameras out there that are better suited for the task.
When looking for the right camera, many head straight for the Casio Exilim. There are 3 main models of this camera, the EX277WE, the EXZ80BE and the EXS10RD. Casio and YouTube have a partnership, allowing these models to carry the YouTube name and have several features that make uploading your video a little easier. A built in program for uploading and the fact that they record based on recommended resolution, file size and format, run time, and compression level are a few of the YouTube friendly options. The only down side to these cameras is that the images do not come up great every time..
For the technology impaired, it doesn’t get much easier to use than the Flip Video Ultra Series. With only four buttons to choose from, the Flip can record up to 60 minutes of video. It has a built in USB plug which is great for uploading videos, and has low resolution for faster uploading. It’s slim shape makes it great for having on hand when those off the wall moments happen.
A mini DV camera is another option; however, transferring from cassette to YouTube can be a bit of a hassle. As far as image quality is concerned, though, it surpasses other types of cameras out there by far. If this is the direction you are looking to go, the Sony DCR-DVD96 or the Canon Optura 60 are both considered higher end DV cameras.
Depending on what your project is, a Webcam might serve your purpose.. The biggest downfall would be that it is not as mobile as the other types of cameras. If you are planning on shooting your video near your computer, though, it can be a nice alternative. One of the better webcams is the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Special Edition. This camera features a large lens capable of a field of vision up to 75 degrees. When uploading your video, YouTube couldn’t have made it easier if you have a webcam. They have added a Quick Capture feature allowing you to directly record from you webcam to YouTube.
With so many options out there, it may be a little difficult to make a decision on one specific camera. There is no best camera; it really all depends on what you plan on using it for.
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