cameras

What camera should I buy for live streaming?

Bruce from Hisperia, CA

Episode 1441

Bruce's daughter plays D&D and her group would like to stream their games online. They need a mic for the group. Leo says that the best option for them is MEVO. It has a wide angle array mic and it has a camera built in that you can control via an iPad. It's 4K that streams over 1080p. It can even follow you and because it's 4K, you can use the resolution to create a second camera up close. It's a great option. It's $400. But there's also a $100 black friday deal going on right now. If that's still too pricey and you just want audio, then you can use the Blue Snowball.

What happened to camcorders?

Episode 1429

Vinesh from Riverside, CA
Canon Vixia camcorder

Vinesh has noticed that nobody calls about camcorders anymore. Leo says that the show evolves as technology evolves. It used to be primarily about Windows issues. Then it transitioned to internet issues. Then just about any hardware imaginable including cameras, mobile phones and the like. So it evolves constantly because technology is constantly evolving. Now that camcorders are becoming less useful due to how good the cameras have gotten in mobile phones, we don't get those calls much.

What camera should I buy?

Episode 1423

Linda from Quincy, IL
Panasonic Lumix LX10

Linda is going on an Alaskan cruise and is looking to get a good phone that has a great camera. She also wants to get binoculars, though. Leo says binoculars will probably be on the ship. She should take that money and put it towards a good camera. The problem with a camera phone is that the zoom is digital and it still won't be that good for her sole means of capturing memories. A nice point and shoot with 10x optical zoom would be a better choice. The Panasonic Lumix LX10 is a good choice.

Are there cameras using buttons and knobs these days?

Episode 1416

Dale from Santa Monica, CA
Fuji X-T2

Dale says that the Fuji X-T2 and he says that most adjustments can be made without the menu settings. They have dials and buttons like the old days. Leo says that seems to be the trend now, going back to physical dials to make changes while shooting, and you can even reassign and program buttons for your most often used settings. It's mostly in higher end cameras, though. Leo says that they look like the old retro style film cameras and he loves that.

Is there a camera that can be controlled by your voice?

Episode 1416

Jonathan from Pittsburgh, PA
Nikon camera

Jonathan is looking for a camera with voice control because he hates the menu structures. Leo says that cameras don't have the computing power to shoulder that. There are some cameras that he could connect to his smartphone, though. It would be great if it was possible to use voice control, though. Maybe that will be the next big thing.

Nest IQ Camera Review

Episode 1401

Nest IQ

Leo has had the Nest IQ camera for review this past week. It's an indoor 4K camera, but it doesn't necessarily stream 4K over the network. Because it has such a high resolution camera, it can zoom and pan, and also has face recognition. It can see a person coming to the house and identify whether or not it's someone familiar or a stranger. It's an expensive camera, but because it's a Google company, Nest cameras are among the most secure cameras on the market.

What waterproof action camera should I buy?

Episode 1399

Arthur from Maine
Olympus TG-5

Arthur is into underwater photography and he wants to get a sports action camera. Leo says that an action camera like a GoPro is small and has a serious wide angle. If he wants a camera that can get him stills as well, Leo likes the Olympus Tough TG5. Ricoh makes a similar camera. They're very versatile for doing double duty like action shots underwater and just grabbing your favorite still shot.