The last few years have been an interesting exercise for Overland Video, and the pace of technology change has really facilitated the documentation of our travels.
We have several premium cameras, including the Canon XL-H1.
One of the challenges we have faced is finding equipment that is supremely durable and also compact, especially for the Adventure Moto treks. Our first attempt was the Canon HV20, which made it only 1/2 way across the TAT before giving up the ghost (tapes would no longer record, the gears would just spin).
So, much to my horror, I had to patronize Walmart at some remote town in Utah and buy a little Samsung SC-HMX10C. The only HD camera within 400 miles. It was solid state, with an 8gig internal memory and the option for another 16 with an SD-HC card.
So, when I got back from the trip, I returned the broken HV20 to Best Buy, and with their typical great service, it went off to Canon, and I just received a phone message a few days ago saying that the camera was beyond repair, and that I qualified for a replacement.
This gave me the chance to abandon tape for good and switch to a Canon solid state model.
I moved over to the HF10, which has a 16gb internal flash drive and room for as big of an SD-HC as you care to afford. It will shoot in full 1080 resolution and also at 60/30/24 frames per second. It fits in the palm of my hand.
3.3Mp 1/3.2" Full HD CMOS Sensor Canon 12x HD Video Zoom Lens12x Optical Zoom SuperRange Optical Image StabilizerMini HDMI Connection 24p RecordingDIGIC DVII Image Processor Microphone Input SD/SDHC Flash Memory Slot 16GB Internal Flash Memory
Interestingly, there is a suite of upfitment accessories for the camera, including high-end mics, wide angle lenses, etc.
Certainly, these cameras do not replace the glass quality and professional functions of the larger cameras, but they are getting closer, for sure.
Due to the size, much care is required to get a stable image, even with optical image stabilization, so I am looking into something like the FlowPod
I think Pasquale uses the Merlin, by Steadicam
I will post up a few clips in the coming days.
Any thoughts on the equipment you all are using?