With Christmas fast approaching now is an ideal time to try something a little different, which is productive and artistic, gets them thinking, and with the possibility of a fulfilling career to follow, why not get them to try their hand at film-making.
Video cameras are available in all shapes and sizes, and with even the cheapest versions having a resolution that will make every film stand out, there are plenty of options to make epic movies. If you have a creative child, and fancy making the next Oscar winner, there are many cameras available. Let’s have a look at some of the best.
Sony HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder. Despite being a veritable mouthful to pronounce, the Sony is a huge amount of camera for not a huge amount of money. Featuring face detection with voice enhancement, the Sony also has seven different effects that can be applied to the video, making your films even more exciting. Shooting video at 1080×1920 and at 30x optical zoom, this is an ideal camera for the budding film maker, but does suffer from not having a connection for an external microphone.
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam. Surprisingly agile for its small size, this could actually be the camera that sets your kids on a path of film making – even at depths of up to six feet of water. While lacking some niceties of other cameras – such as zoom and ultra-HD – its sheer versatility and ability to be situated in many different places, including bicycles and drones makes it the very thing for situational, off the cuff film making.
Zoom Q2HD Handy HD Video Recorder. Definitely winning the prize for weirdest-looking video camera, the Zoom Q2 is pretty impressive despite its diminutive size. In fact, much of its weirdness stems from the top-mounted audio-element which captures sound levels up to 120 dB SPL.Audio formats and WAV in 24-bit/96 kHz, 24-bit/48 kHz, 16-bit/44.1 kHz, and includes several audio functions such as Lo-Cut filter and Auto Gain. Video functions are good too with a High-quality 160 Degree wide-angle lens (F2.0, 16.6 mm), and ten built-in “Scene” pre-sets for use in a variety of different lighting environments.
Akaso HD Sports Camera. Coming from the stable of Go-Pro look-a-likes, the Akaso does much the same as the system its apes, but at a much lower price. Robust and with a huge array of fittings, the Akaso comes with a waterproof box – like a Go-Pro – so your kids’ video doesn’t have to end on dry land. Video capture can be either 720p or a nicely defined and sharp 1080p and sound quality is good too. If you want movie-making on the cheap, the Akaso is ideal.
GoPro Hero 6. If you are feeling a bit flusher, you could forget the look-a-like cameras and head straight for a GoPro. With superb video capture, and a host of fittings to go with it, this is truly the camera of budding professionals. With a highly durable body and the ability to shoot 4k video, if you can imagine it, you can probably shoot it too with the GoPro.
Taken from the September 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!