Side by Side: Video Recorders

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You might be wondering, "Video recorders? But this is radio." You're right. This is radio, but radio is much more than audio now. Radio in a way is one of the original social networks. Our personalities interact with the public all the time. We create events to bring listeners together. While we can't use video on the air, we can use it online.

There are lots of choices in consumer video cameras. Any of these will work to post content online, but remembering our audio roots, we looked for cameras that offer something more than the basic point-and-shoot with whatever audio can be obtained. Cost is certainly a factor, especially if several cameras will be deployed. Ease of use is important. But we also looked for some choices that provide better audio than the bargain-basement special, which includes high-quality stereo mics or an audio input.

It's easy to capture video of your station's events and post the coverage on your website or social networking sites. Basic free or inexpensive video editing software can clean things up to provide a new element to your station's content and new life to your station's image.

ModelCisco UltraHDAlesis VideoTrackSamson Zoom Q3HDION Audio Twin Video
Internal Memory8GBNoneNoneNone
External MemoryNone2GB SD card, SDHC, up to 16GB2GB SD card, up to 32GBSD Card/SDHC memory slot
Record Time2 hours1-2 hours45 minutes (2GB), 7 hours (32GB)4 hours
Video Quality1280x720, 720p HD at 30fps 640x480 at 25-30fps 720p at 30 or 60fps or 1080p at 30fps 640x480 at 30fps
Video FormatMP4MP4MP4MP4
LensDigital zoomDigital zoom4x Digital zoomFront and back lenses, 3x digital zoom
BatteryFlip Video Lithium-ion Battery Pack (included) or 3 AAA Lithium BatteriesRechargeable, user-replaceable lithium-ionTwo standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Screen size2"2.4" 2.4-inch 320x240 color LCD display 2.4" TFT
Dimensions4.16" x 2.11" x 0.88"4.5 x 2.5 x 1"2.16" x 5.2" x 1.26"(W x D x H)5.5" (H)
SoftwareFlipShare softwareArcSoft MediaImpression with direct YouTube upload for PCIncludes HandyShare editing and, YouTube uploader software, Apple QuickTimeApple Quicktime
MicrophoneBuilt-in wide-range stereo microphone Built-in stereo condenser microphonesBuilt-in stereo condenser, external line inBuilt-in mono
OutputsHDMIUSB, analog video, headphone, NTSC/PAL switchableNTSC/PAL TV and HDMI output , USBUSB, Audio (RCA), Composite (Video), SD/MMC Memory Card, S-Video, NTSC, PAL
Operating SystemsWindows XP, Vista, 7Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, MacWindows, Mac OSWindows XP SP2, Vista, 7, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Out of the boxCamera, rechargeable battery pack, wrist strap, soft protective case, user guide Camera, USB cable, composite video cable, software CD, battery, hand strap, handle/grip, user guide2GB SD card, batteries, camera, user guideCamera, USB cable, remote switch, software CD, battery, handle/grip
Optional AccessoriesPower adapter, USB cables, HDMI cables, soft pouch, waterproof case, underwater housing, wide-angle lens, tripod, FlipShare TV (wireless), iGo portable projectorSoft shell case, windscreen, ac adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable, tripod
FeaturesTouchscreen, large sliding viewing screen, snap still photos from videoStill-image shots with flashThree lighting settings, audio meters, Auto Level, icon-based user interface, HD video and audioHD coming soon

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