cameras

What camera should I use for taking pictures of paintings?

Episode 1156

Dave from Crystal Lake, CA

Dave is looking for a good camera for taking pictures of paintings. Leo says he'll want a good camera that has a wide angle lens, but he won't want it too wide because it will show some barreling. Detail is even more important, and a great lens makes a huge difference, as does accurate color. A large sensor helps with that. Sensors in camera phones are really tiny. A camera has a larger one and the bigger the lens, the more costly. Ideally, he'll want a full frame sensor.

What camera should I get to replace my old Nikon?

Sony RX100

Episode 1155

Tom from Lake Havusu, AZ

Tom's Nikon D40 was stolen. He'd like to get a new camera that has similar capabilities, but is smaller in size. Leo says that cellphones these days have more megapixels than that D40 did, and so long as he still has the lenses, the body is easily replaceable. The Nikon D7100 is an option, but since Tom wants a smaller and lighter camera, and he doesn't care about the lenses, a prosumer point and shoot may be the better option.

What camera should I get to take videos of the kids playing sports?

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Episode 1132

Kevin from Orange County, CA

Kevin is looking for a camera/camcorder option that can record video and take stills at the same time. Leo says that most cameras can do that today. He's also wondering about taking photos at distances over 50 feet. Leo says he likes Olympus. They have the Stylus Sp-100 with the Eagle Eye 50x optical zoom.

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1120

This week, Chris has some ideas on how to protect your camera while you're on the road. Chris says having a "ready bag" for your camera is ideal. Minimal in size, and it's protective. But future proof it by getting it a bit larger than you need. A bag sometimes stands between you and your photos when the moment arises. Leo uses a Lowe Pro Sling Bag because it's designed to pull your camera out in one motion. It's a nice way to get your bag out of the way because it's on your back.

What's a good small camera that gives professional results?

Episode 1112

Bruce from Irvine, CA

Bruce is a bush pilot in Alaska. He's looking for a good digital camera that's better than a point and shoot, but not the size of a full DSLR. Leo says the best point and shoot right now is the Sony RX100. It's not cheap at $800 for the MKIII, but it has a 1" full frame sensor, an f1.8 24-70 zoom, and it's tiny. So it's easy to use and provides professional results.

How can I record better audio for YouTube videos?

Beachtek adapter

Episode 1106

Mark from Moorsville, NC

Mark's son is doing YouTube recordings of his drumming. Leo says that kids using YouTube is all the rage now and a point and shoot camera does spectacular video. But the audio is another story. Leo says that a BeachTek adapter with a minJack out/XLR in will allow him to use a Sure SM57 mic. He'll want to sync the audio as well by making a loud clap at the beginning so he can align the audio and video tracks properly. He'll also want to think about lighting as well.

How can I get the best quality interviews on Skype?

Skype

Episode 1104

Don from Mission Viejo, CA

Don wants to create a video montage of testimonials that are high quality, but not intrusive. Leo says having them use the best camera they have or sending them a camera guarantees that the quality will be the best and consistent. Oprah, for instance, has a “Skype kit” which they send ahead of time to those they interview on Skype. Leo suggests the Canon Vixia, the Lowell Ego lights, and a tripod. Written instructions, and all into a Pelican case. The whole kit wouldn't be more than $1500. He can also hire a local videographer to produce it for him for a nominal freelance fee.