When our department began looking at ways to incorporate multi-media into our freshman/sophomore level newswriting classes, we did what any self-respecting journalist would do. We listened to Oprah.
OK, so maybe it was a little more complicated than that, but we ended up on the same page as O: We picked the cheap and easy to use Flip video camera. So far, it seems the Flips:
- have great audio
- work well with close-ups
- don’t do well with lots of motion
- suck at long distance shots (watch Maria Shriver comparing Presidential candidate Barak Obama to California in this video and you’ll see what I mean)