What camera do I need for animating drawings?

Panasonic Lumix GX8

Episode 1257

Craig from Santa Clarita, CA

Craig has a website called 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.

What's the best phone camera?

Samsung Galaxy S6

Episode 1253

Amy from Huntington Beach, CA

It's time for Amy to upgrade to a new phone and she wants the best camera she can get. Leo says that most have great cameras these days. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best, as is the Galaxy Note 5, but low light performance is an issue for any mobile phone camera. She should look at the reviews and see what the F stop number is. The lower the number, the better it is in low light.

What phone has the best camera?

Olympus TG-4

Episode 1251

Peter from Detroit, MI

Peter wants to know how good the camera is in the Google Nexus 6. He's going on vacation and wants to take good pictures. Leo says that he's not thrilled with camera on the Nexus 6. Why not just bring a camera? He can get a great point and shoot, with zoom for a few hundred dollars. That will be the best for capturing those once in a lifetime memories. The Olympus TG-4 is an excellent option.

How can I switch between two cameras?

NewTek Tricaster

Episode 1244

Bob from San Diego, CA

Bob does video podcasts and webinars, and he's built a studio to do it. Now his partners want to add a second camera to the mix. Leo says he'll need a switcher to switch between the two cameras, especially with Green Screen as well. He can also add multiple microphones and can switch live, which will save him time in the editing bay. Leo uses the TriCaster by NewTek, and they have green screen options built into it, handling the camera background switch automatically.

What camera should I buy for an around the world cruise?

Sony RX100

Episode 1231

Brian from Tonopah, NV

Brian is going on an around the world cruise and he needs a good camera. Leo says that it's a good idea to get the camera well before he goes on his trip so he can play with it and learn how to use it before he goes. Brian doesn't want to switch lenses and wants a GPS as well. Leo says that if money is no option, the Sony DSC-RX1 is amazing. But at $3,000 it's a very expensive point and shoot. It's got a full frame sensor, so the low light performance will be the best.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1217

This week's gadget is the RICOH THETA S 360 degree camera. It has two 14 MP cameras, N/S, E/W and it shoots 1080p video. It's the size of a TV remote and after you shoot your video, it processes the video so you can see the entire 360 spectrum. Maximum recording time of video with the new model is 25 minutes using the 8GB of built in memory. It also does live streaming video. Supported by YouTube as well. Cost is $349, and will be available in November.

What's a good point and shoot camera in the $500 to $800 range?

Sony DSC-RX100M II

Episode 1216

Elliot from Boston, MA

Elliot wants to get a new camera and he can spent about $500 to $800. Leo says that the Sony DSC-RX100M II is a great point and shoot. It's the best out there because it has a 1" sensor, making it great in low light. It's also great for video too. Canon makes a good one as well, but Sony is really making the best stuff right now.

How can I stream live through my camcorder?

Episode 1186

Nick from Santa Cruz, CA

Nick has a camcorder with HDMI out and he wants to know if he can run Wirecast with a tablet. Leo says probably not. He'll need a computer because tablets don't have HDMI in, only HDMI Out. He'd also need HDMI live as a feature in the camcorder. If it will only be live in playback, then it won't help. Do any notebooks have HDMI? Leo uses Canon Vixia's with a Blackmagic converter to run into the computer. Imogen also makes an HDMI Input card.