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Postby expeditioneverestfan » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:08 pm

I use the Casio Exilim S10. It's really lighweight and thin so if you can't film on a ride its easy to slip in your pocket. It has a great battery life and has special fetures for filming videos for You Tube and fireoworks. Even though it's a digitial camer it's ment for filiming. It has a little bit of video editing you can use on the camera. It comes with a downloadable You Tube uploader where you can upload videos on to You Tube without opening the internet. I really love mine. It even has smile option where it won't take the picture until the person it's on is smiling. How cool is that?

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Postby Six Flags Enthuseast » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:07 pm

I've been trying out the DSi camera on the new handheld system. It's pretty good for taking pictures. If you have a still hand, it takes really clear pictures, and you can edit them to make certain moments better. Really, it should be TPR's official "Do it all handheld camera-gaming" system of the year! :) Ok, maybe not THAT good, but it's pretty darn fun!

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Postby Garet » Fri May 08, 2009 10:40 am

Do you guys use a seperate camera to take your still pictures or do you use one of your video cameras and take stills with that or do you extract stills out of the footage at all?

I ask because i'm not sure about whether to get a video camera to take with me to Korea or stick with the 7.2 megapixel camera and take that with me, I will probably end up taking more stills than videos, but would probably like the option of shooting footage if i feel like it or even shooting footage then extracting stills from it if that's possible.

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Postby Edward » Sat May 09, 2009 4:55 am

If you are gonna be taking more stills than video, I'd suggest you'd get a camera that is primarily for stills but has video as a (super) bonus. I have a Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 that can take nice large images and nice video.
However, if you think you're gonna be doing alot of filming in the future (producing your own movies), maybe get a fancy video camera that can take large frames at super speeds and then just extract one frame here and there. Heh, go through hours of footage at a park and say "That's good! Oh, that's nice as well! Oh, if only I was more steady that would've been cool too." and after all of that you start cutting together your own Video Trip Report or Coaster Art and upload that.

That's the tip I can give you. Hope your Camera hunting goes well.

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PS. Don't forget to look up reviews on the different models so you can pick just the right thing for what you need.

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Postby Garet » Sat May 09, 2009 3:12 pm

Thanks for that advice, I will probably only use it to shoot some culture as I explore Korea so I think I will stick with my current camera and use its video setting put the money away to some better travel insurance, and if i do make it to Lotte World or Everland i'll just shoot with that ala shaky-cam style.

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Re: Robb, What Kind Of Video Camera Do You Use?

Postby nln00b » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:29 pm

Does anyone know how a Flip cam would work, as for blurryness and maybe POV? I'm kind of thinking about making some videos. Thanks!
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Re: Robb, What Kind Of Video Camera Do You Use?

Postby crazydaveh » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:31 am

nln00b wrote:Does anyone know how a Flip cam would work, as for blurryness and maybe POV? I'm kind of thinking about making some videos. Thanks!


Flip cams and others like them are not the best at fast action shots. I have a all the flips, the three Kodaks, and some no name. I prefer the Kokak Zx1 because of the mic input as well as it's 1080/60 fps, where the flips only do 30 fps. Being able to shoot 60 fps really helps the quality. Also with the Flip cams, the part that "flips out" to connect via USB breaks on a lot of sets and it's not part of the warranty, so wasted money there.

As for using them for POV on a coaster... DON'T! Not safe and it's against park rules almost everywhere. If you want to get a good POV, the camera has to be bolted to the device that you're trying to get POV from. Holding it still doesn't work on rides, in cars, boats... Catch my drift?

As for shooting fun little movies, the flip cams are great. You also need an editing system that can edit video that's in 720 or 1080. Microsoft Movie doesn't do this. No clue if Mac Movie Maker works well, I hate Macs. I use my AVID Nitris System to edit everything, but that's about $50,000 to get up and running. The supped up Pennicle Program is now made by AVID and is a great home editing piece. It's only around $100.
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Re: Robb, What Kind Of Video Camera Do You Use?

Postby Six Flags Enthuseast » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:54 pm

I recently got a Sony MHS-PM1 HD Camcorder. Good for taking videos, just ok for taking pictures.
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Re: Robb, What Kind Of Video Camera Do You Use?

Postby coastercrutchfield » Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:12 pm

For my offride videos, I use a Sony Cx550v.

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Postby petestrash » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:39 am

Robb, I have just seen a new camera you might want to consider using for POV stuff, the oregon scientific atc9k actioncam $400RRP.

•1080p = 1920x1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, ~12 Mbit/s data rate

•720p = 1280x720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, ~12 Mbit/s data rate

130-degree field of view

Waterproof down to 20 meters/60 feet so would be good on splash rides too.

Records to microSD/SDHc cards up to 32GB, so no moving parts to get jerked around.

It has a GPS Plug in available

But most interesting for coaster porn videos is that it claims to have a G-sensor built in which embeds G-force data on the video recorded.

It might be fun to show the G forces around the track on your fixed POV shots. Unfortunately details about this G-Sensor are pretty thin on their website, but the user manual shows that it does record G-Force in all three axis, but does not give any details about what intervals measurements are taken.

Just thought you might be interested.

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