I’m looking for advice on buying a camera that I could use for community recordings/Open Mic events. I currently use just a webcam, and I’m constantly in soft focus (maybe not a bad thing!).
What I’d be looking for is something I could use to stream video, but with a better quality than my webcam. So, a camera which relied on recording a take, then transferring it to a computer wouldn’t fit the bill for example. It would need a real-time interface.
Just curious what other people who do this sort of thing (for example at our community open mic events)
This one was recommended by @Rossco01 Jason in a thread a while back. It’s in my wish list but I’ve not got one yet so I cannot give you my thoughts on it. I know it’s not a camera camera but I remember Jason saying it was very good.
I’m using mirrorless Canon EOS M50 mk II. Can be turned into web cam as well with additional power kit. Default lenses are bit dark and work only with additional lighting set, brighter lenses will cost some extra penny but allow lower light environment.
Personally, I think the best option is to go with a mirrorless or good-quality bridge camera like a Panasonic Lumix. A DSLR is a good choice too but you will likely be paying more for a support system to accommodate the added weight.
Just to finish off this topic, in the end I went for something simple (but fairly expensive!) - the Obsbot Tiny 2. This is another webcam but is way better than my old Logitech one. I’ll be using it at the JG Open Mic this weekend - hopefully I’ll look a little less “in soft focus” all the time.
I think if I was seriously trying to build a youtube channel, I’d probably have invested in a mirrorless cam, but I think the Obsbot will be good enough for now.
Nice quality but a hefty price tag too although not as expensive as something like a gopro or full camera. Looking at the specs it looks like it’s a 4k camera max resolution so it’s going to be a lot better than most webcams but that said if you’ve recorded on lowest but one you’re recording at 1280x720 so not full HD. I’d say record at 1920x1080 for full HD. The size of the file shouldn’t be too large. I find 4K files just too damn big too be honest although the quality of the final video is outstanding.