Thanks For the Camera!

Are you an outdoorsman (or woman) who makes your own videos? Whether you are supporting a YouTube channel (or aspire to someday) or making them for your family and private viewing, you want your recordings to be of the highest grade possible, which should include audio quality.

A good camera certainly aids in that endeavor, but high-end cameras have so many features, it’s hard to plow through them all – determining which settings make a big difference and which ones you needn’t bother with.

In this video I have compiled 16 test recordings, showing the effects of different lighting, lens and audio input techniques, so you can get an idea of how each configuration affects the end result.

For instance, how much difference does a dedicated microphone make, compared the the one built into the camera? If you have an external microphone, how well does it work when mounted on the camera? If on a tight budget, are cheap wide-angle lenses any good? How well does a cheap, external microphone work?

This testing became necessary once I upgraded from my previous camera (a Canon HF R800) and switched to the more advanced Canon XA11 (made possible through the advertising revenues derived from this channel, thank you). If you have a lower-end camera right now and wonder if it’s worth moving up to something like the XA11, you may find this video helpful.

One of the nice features the XA11 that might be of special interest to hunters and other outdoors people is it’s infrared recording capability. Using it, you can record in total darkness if need be. That capability is also demonstrated in this video.

Videography is a vast subject, so this video cannot answer every question you may have, but it’s a start… and everyone has to start somewhere, right?

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