Video Camera On Safari? Yes or No?

Feb 27th, 2005, 12:17 AM
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Tusker Dave, Mike & Clematis...

Thanks for all the feedback. If I can get it into my budget, I will definitely bring a video camera. However, if I am unable to get an adequate video camera then I would rather hold off rather than buy a camera that does not meet expectations.

Who knows, maybe I will just RENT a video camera, as I cannot see myself ever using it EXCEPT while I am on safari.

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Feb 27th, 2005, 01:43 AM
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Rocco, hows it going? Try to borrow someones cam. You can't loose there. Again unless you are planning to make a living out of it. You do not need an all out video cam. My friends at least 3yr old samsung was just fine.
So what ever I just picked up. Will be better. My buddy at work started putting the tapes on DVD for me. He says so far they look pretty good.
Oh, back at XMAS at my sisters house. They have one of those BIG SCREEN TV's.
We hooked up the cam to it. It was GREAT! My Mom loved it.
Yeah, try to borrow one.
cheers, david
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Feb 27th, 2005, 05:40 PM
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I wouldn't dream of going on safari without a video camera! After all, most of the animals you will be viewing are on the move.

You don't need an expensive camera. Before I left I tried my husband's good camera and it was much too complicated for me. Thus I got a Sharp Viewcam (no longer made). It has a 3" LCD screen right in front of you and you just point and shoot your pictures. They turn out great. It has a 16x zoom so you can easily zoom in on distant scenes.

There are now digital cameras out there where you can video plus shoot stills. I think the most important thing is that it be easy enough for you to work comfortably.

A year ago my Viewcam dropped on the floor of the Landrover and broke the last day of the trip. When I got home I had it fixed but didn't feel comfortable that the "fix" would last. Thus I went on Ebay and was lucky enough to find another like it.

I think if you take your video camera you'll use that much more that SLR in the future. On my next trip I think I am leaving the SLR, lens, lead-lined film bag and rolls of film home and just taking the video camera. It's so easy to pop a VCR in the machine and "be back in Africa" whenever you wish.

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Feb 27th, 2005, 09:59 PM
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Rocco, renting in this class of camera is not cost effective.
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Mar 1st, 2005, 03:36 AM
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Just got back and will start a trip report thread, but as the videographer wanted to chime in. My wife takes stills and I do video. I dont provide a voiceover, preferring to add comments when viewing with friends or not as necessary. I have a relatively old Sony Hi-8 with no bells and whistles, it does have 20x Optical though. For this trip I upgraded to an external mic (gets rid of the annoying wind pick up) and a lightweight tripod. This was the best investment because it allowed me to set the camera running, then sit back and enjoy the action while making minor adjustments to direction and zoom. In this way I ensured that I didn't miss any interaction. I would say it would be difficult to use both still and video for one person.

The ultimate reason to get video is to capture sound and interaction.
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