When you’re in the market for a new camcorder, how do you know which camcorder is best? Choosing between HDD camcorders, SD card camcorders, and MiniDV or HDV tape-based cameras can be confusing. The best camcorder for you really boils down to how you intend to use the camcorder.
If you live stream like I do, you need a MiniDV or HDV camcorder with FireWire so you can easily connect your camera to a computer and stream the video. If you want portability – and plan to record video files and upload them – either an HDD hard drive camcorder or SD card camcorder may fit your needs better. This way, you won’t need to capture the video from a tape.
With either HDD or SD camcorders, you simply copy a file just like you would from any other drive storage media.
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Eye-Fi. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve written about Eye-Fi a few times before – dating back to when the brand first launched. Eye-Fi cards are like regular ol’ SD cards with a ton of bonus features mixed in. Essentially, once configured, the media you record on an Eye-Fi SD card will be wirelessly transported to your computer(s) and favorite social media destinations whenever you bring that camera home, set it on your desk, and turn it on. No cables required.
Now, let’s just think about that for a second. Despite having a wide array of gadgets that can keep us creating content ’til the cows come home, the transfer process is often cumbersome – or forgotten altogether. I remember when a “fast” turnaround for photos was about an hour. It might take us a few minutes to do that with a USB cable, but… where did I put that cable, again? Ah, there’s always the trusty media reader… unless you get distracted with other tasks?
It should come to no surprise that the company is still developing new options to keep everyone happy. You might upgrade your camera every so often, but what about your removable media? If you’re having to buy an SD card, why not get something that will automatically do the work of uploading photos and videos for you?
Okay, it’s a trivial task for someone like me (or possibly you, if you’re a geek) – but what about other members of your family? How often have your elder relatives snapped images and never transferred them anywhere because it was “too hard” to do? Yeah, point ’em in the direction of an Eye-Fi ASAP.
Mac OS X and Windows compatible software helps ensure that you’re not stuck on one platform or another, too; hardware should enhance your lifestyle, not restrict it. Your focus should be on creating and sharing fresh content – not on the actual publishing routine!
You want one? Cool. I’m hosting an Eye-Fi Giveaway (and be sure to read the official contest rules). To participate, simply leave a comment about Eye-Fi on this particular blog post. I’d appreciate it if you’d tell me what kind of digital camera you typically use, too. Your email address won’t be made public, but we’ll need you to use it if you’d like us to contact you should you be randomly picked. 😉
Or, post about Eye-Fi with your own Twitter account. The tweet must contain the hashtag #eye-fi (as well as a live link back to http://go.tagjag.com/myeyefi).
I bet I know what you’re thinking right now: “But Chris, I’d understand Eye-Fi better if a cute girl explained it to me in a YouTube video.” As you wish: