I've been seriously thinking about the possibility of purchasing a camcorder. It's been something that's been on my mind for quite some time. With Youtube taking the forefront of uploading content by content creators, it's an opportunity to use video to get my photography out in front of other people. To show the general public what photography is like. What I want to do is to create a vlog of my shooting days as I'm going out trying to get this business off the ground...essentially content creating in two different methods. Firstly this vlog will be in HD - the limit of my finances, but still a high-quality output, then it will go to 4K as funds increase from photography sales. In fact, my wife will have to have one too so we're going to end up having to cough out about $1000.00 just to get video. My photography ranges from landscapes to wildlife, so the vlog is going to be interesting.
I know a lot of content creators are going into 4K, so I'm going to be lagging behind, however, for our financial security, I'm not going to follow them just yet. If I spend $1199.99 on one single 4K camera, then that's more money that could have gone to creating photography that just went into getting high quality video plus the fact that my wife would be unable to create her own video content and thus would not be very happy - period. Right now, 4K is starting as a format. And only a few people with the cashflow to spend are getting in there. Eventually, I figure the prices will come down on the camcorders. But right now, HD for me will be the pinnacle of what I can put out as far as image quality in video. And frankly my video-editing skills are in its early stages too, so it's not going to be a big thing with me versus my photography.
I have however decided on a camera that I intend to purchase with the available money that we have; until then, I will just have to utilize my iPhone for the time being.
When I go to purchase the camcorder, I've decided that it will be a JVC Everio GZ-R70. The camcorder has 32GB of onboard memory which means that I won't be having to worry about buying several 64GB SD cards right off the bat, but it will still be able to record enough data that I can go through it and edit the video before uploading it to my Youtube channel. The GZ-R70 is water-proof to a depth of 5 meters and though I won't be putting the camcorder to a strenuous abuse test, I will rest easy knowing that I can dunk the camcorder in for a perspective shot without having to worry about inner component damage. If I really want underwater video, I'll go to a Nikon Coolpix AW130 so that I can swim with it underwater; not that I'll be doing that anytime soon.
Video will be a great little addition to the photography and it will enable viewers to come along with us as I and my wife go places to photograph. People like to know what it is that you're doing and it makes them feel as if they were a part of the process. And I look forward to being able to shoot my first comprehensive video on Youtube; called Behind The Lens