One of the benefits of using a higher end camera instead of just a point and shoot is that you can use a U/V filter or Lens Flower Hood if shooting conditions call for it. And of course they just provide superior optics, chips, stabilization and overall performance. All the cameras mentioned in the article will do the job, but Sony cameras as a rule encode in MP4 which cuts down substantially on file sizes which is a consideration when moving and ultimately uploading your videos. Another plus is that you can use the same camera for stills and video. Here is an example of Video and Stills that were captured with the same Sony camera: http://www.iwantamini.com/VehicleDetails/new-2012-MINI-Cooper_Hardtop--Orlando-FL/1724165623
The IOS platform is very convenient and depending on your environment, it can be ideal. However, you are limited when it comes to mitigating lens-flare and artifacts when lighting is too bright. Apparently Apple is looking at possible solutions: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/06/14/apple_interested_in_swappable_iphone_camera_lenses.html I wouldn't hold my breath on this one as aesthetics are so important to the brand and this is anathema to the folks from Cupertino and their customers. …
I have been dealing (recently) with 15 degree days, rain, hail and freezing fog. It's been ugly.
Thank you for the compliments David. We originally started doing the videos on a lead by lead basis. The corporation bought the cameras in order to send the video if a customer was reluctant to come in. I thought I would take it to the next level and give them no excuse to come in or send a lead.
I started with the Flip Video but we just upgraded to a Panasonic Hard Disc Drive Camera. Great camera but the video quality is just as good as the Flip. I wanted the new camera in order to get a wide angle lens. I want it to look like I'm 3 feet farther back than I really am. I would suggest sticking with the Flip, it does just as well, its easy to upload the video and it's actually easier to use inside the vehicle.
Added by Josh Hixon at 1:09pm on December 27, 2009
e videos. The funny thing is the Owner literally just contacted this morning and said he thinks it might be a good idea to cut out my test-driving of the vehicles....... in order to save time. However, I think quite a few folks appreciate the fact that I actually drive the car that I`m talking about. Sooooooooooooooooooo what`s your opinion Bill???? Test drive or no test driving in the videos????…
Looks like both camera and phone produce workable videos, but I must say - this could be just lighting but I dont' think so - the camera (Canon) captures paint colors better than the iphone - the beautiful red on the Ferrari faded to orange in the bright sun. Ken, are you using a wireless mic? What kind?
Ken, I like the vast amount of detail you give on each car . . . prospective buyers like an education and you really hit the mark there. You've been doing this awhile I would guess.
editing. If the client utilizes a video generator it will add some focus for the prospect. Since the stitching software artificially zooms photos there is a possibility that some of the text will be cutoff. Limit the text to features that can be explained with fewer rather than more characters. Keep in mind that many video cameras have a memory option that lets you snap a picture to removeable memory while video taping. You may want to experiment using a video camera to take photos for the lot. I don't recommend this approach for creative or other high quality photo needs.…
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