cameras

How can I edit security camera videos?

Nest Camera

Episode 1315

Paul from Culver City, CA

Paul is looking for an HD security camera, where he could save and then edit the videos. Leo says the Google Nest cameras are good for that. They are very high resolution, but they use a lot of bandwidth upstream - 1 Mbps per camera. That could kill his internet in some cases. He may also have to pay for offline recording. He'll be able to download the video and edit it, though. That's probably the easiest way. Otherwise he'd have to wire the cameras to his computer and capture it directly.

What camera would be best for product shots?

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Silver

Episode 1294

Brett from California

Brett makes jewelry and sells it online. She needs a good camera to take pictures of her products. Leo says that any point and shoot would work, even a modern camera phone. There are guides on how to photograph an object that will improve her sales. It should be shot with a photo softbox using lights and a diffuser. Leo likes the Canon ELPH for a camera though.

Check out Brett's website at Petsadelic.com.

What's a good camera for low light video recording?

Sony RX100

Episode 1287

John from Tustin, CA

John needs a camera that will take better video in low light. Leo says that smartphones aren't really known for having good low light performance, but they are getting better. A camera will perform a lot better, especially if it has a larger chip. Full frame 35mm are the best in low light, but it's also a lens speed issue. The lower the f-stop rating, the faster the lens.

Super Bowl 50 Coverage Will Not Disappoint

Episode 1258

Super Bowl 50 will have 75% more cameras than last year, and the cameras will be unusual. There will be the pylon cameras that have been used during the regular season this year. It gives you a worms-eye-view of action. It'll be shot with 5K cameras as well, but it won't be broadcast in 5K or even 4K. They also will be using 36 360 degree cameras, so they'll be able to look at a play from every angle. The pylon cameras themselves are even 2K, and that's the lowest resolution they're using.

What camera do I need for animating drawings?

Panasonic Lumix GX8

Episode 1257

Craig from Santa Clarita, CA

Craig has a website called GumRoad.com where he features many of his painting and drawings. He wants to animate them. Can he use his camera to do that? Leo says sure, and it will be stop motion to do it. Does he need to buy a special camera? Leo says that a point and shoot will work, but to change out his lenses is beneficial. Leo recommends micro four-thirds. In fact, he can future proof it by shooting in 4K and downsampling to 1080p.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1256

Chris just got back from Ethiopia where he was immersed in the culture, visiting local areas like salt and sulfur fields and volcanoes. You can't really know what to expect until you get there because it changes all the time. And he got some amazing images. He shot with his Canon 5D Mk.II and SL1. The SL1 is much smaller and makes a great secondary body. And it takes as good an image in sunlight as the 5D Mk. II, only it's much lighter.