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I have been limited to $150 for christmas this year and planned on buying a good camera for youtube. I have contemplated the ELPH-100HS which shoots 1080p and is a point and shoot so it shoots 12.1MP photos as well. Do any of you have any suggestions of something better for my price range? I would LOVE a microphone input but that doesn't seem to be very prevalent on cameras around this price range. Thanks!

asked Nov 16 '12 at 21:24

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If you have a lot of light, then it may be worth getting a logitech C920 and a quality USB microphone such as the audio Audio Technica AT2020 for the money. while a setup like that means that you will be tethered to your PC for all recording, it also means that you wont have a 29 minute recording time limit.

I recommend searching youtube for video samples.

Also wanted to add that the 1080p video that you will get from canon powershot will be of much higher quality. only issue is that compared to the webcam, the point and shoot cameras do not offer any advanced video controls. so doing something like pointing the camera at a your computer's display will yield poor quality as the auto exposure and gain will try to average out everything, leading to very little being properly exposed.

If you plan to record in many different locations (and not just in 1 location where a computer is located, then go for the canon powershot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzjFXZjnEag (watch in 1080p)

c920: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Widescreen-Calling-Recording-960-000764/dp/B006JH8T3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353121099&sr=8-1&keywords=logitech+c920

answered Nov 16 '12 at 22:07

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edited Nov 16 '12 at 22:10

See I contemplated this, but the thing is that being tethered to my computer is quite a turnoff for me, as I do a bit of vlogging as well, but mostly the video quality isnt the greatest, and the thought of spending $75 on a webcam makes me want to shove ghost peppers in my eyes. XD

(Nov 16 '12 at 22:24) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

answered Nov 16 '12 at 22:34

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the video quality is okay but not as good as what you will get from the canon powershot. (it has more image noise and and is not as sharp) though with it being a camcorder, it will allow for longer record times (if you actually plan to record a single clip that is 29 minutes

(Nov 16 '12 at 23:32) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

you see with this though I get the monitor that flips out and rotates, which is also something I've been wanting. This is a bit more affordable as well and comes with some extras.

(Nov 17 '12 at 22:15) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

that helps with high angle and low angle recording but you need to check where you will be recording and what you will be recording.

The powershot will give you better low light (in terms of detail and sharpness, but it will not record video as long, it will not have any audio input so you will need a external audio recorder and a clicker (eg a pen or anything that makes a quick sharp noise)

You can then use that beep to sync the audio to low quality audio recorded by the camera.

toshiba indoor footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brRTHJBjvKA

ELPH-100HS indoor footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL68bYxpJuc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNgMxI3d6h8(not the best sample but there are not many for that camera unless you are okay with getting samples from another camera with the same sensor (though the lens F stop may not be the same)

(Nov 17 '12 at 23:51) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

I see where your coming from. The 100HS is a great camera, but I think i may just go with the X400 due to it having all the features I want, even though it may not be as great video quality. Im going to be using video lights anyway, so lighting wont be much of an issue. i wish I could have a camcorder with all the features I need and the Cannon's sensor. That would be GREAT. XD What is your opinion on the X200 Vs. the X400. For all I can tell, the X400 just has a longer zoom lens, and thats pretty much it on the side by side from cnet.

(Nov 18 '12 at 00:02) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

the video quality on the x200 looks pretty much the same as the x400 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2GeNOus7EE

(Nov 18 '12 at 01:12) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

yeah I know. I think I may go witht the x200. its a little cheaper and has the same bundle.

(Nov 18 '12 at 16:49) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image
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