Hey WAmily :-)

It is my birthday on Monday (11th January), and I have decided to treat myself ;-)

I'm looking at upgrading my home office by replacing my webcam, and as we have so many members here who either create videos for YouTube, Facebook, or WA Training/Classes, what better place to get recommendations for a new piece of tech ;-)

Therefore, are you using a Webcam or a DSLR connected to your computer via USB? Or are you using your Mobile Phone and then sending the footage to your computer for editing?

Which Make & Model do you have?

Are you using 720p, 1080p or 4k, for the Resolution?

And which Framerate are you using, 30fps, 60fps, or 90fps?

I hope you can help me to make an informed decision, so that I can purchase this next week for my birthday :-)

Thank you very much in advance,
Chrystopher

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Timotheus Premium
Hi Chrystopher. I have a Huawei phone, and I use the excellent camera to record my videos. At the moment, I use a phone stand to place on my laptop in order to do the recording.

Like you, I plan to upgrade my video recording equipment, and I am looking at a ring light with phone mount, like this one - https://www.amazon.com/10-Extendable-UBeesize-Ringlight-Compatible/dp/B07QFV72LK

I most probably won't buy that particular one from Amazon. Cos there are so many shops here in Singapore where I can buy one of these ring light with phone mount easily. Just using the Amazon link to show you what I mean, and what I plan to get.

I know it is your birthday gift, and it will be great to buy something nice like a new webcam or camera. But, if you are like me, and would like to save costs (I always look to do that for my businesses), then maybe you can consider this?

Just an idea. 😃 🙏

Happy Birthday!!!
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Timotheus Premium
oh, besides being a great phone mount, the ring light does wonders to give you nice natural lighting for your videos. 😃 👍
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
I have made a decision :-) I will update this question thread again once I have actually reviewed the new investment ;-)
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TimMcKinlay Premium Plus
Hey Chris,

I'm far from an expert on this stuff, like really far lol, but I bought a Canon EOS M50 which is a mirrorless camera and, once you get at least the basic settings configured properly, gives good results.

I really like it personally. And I use the 1080p settings on the videos I produce for WA and have it set to 25 fps because that's what Carson recommended when I was chatting with him about it. I think he said that's what Kyle uses for his videos too, although he uses a different camera to me.

What I like:

- It's affordable
- It works great for what I need
- Produces WAY better footage than my iPhone 8
- It connects to my laptop via WiFi so I can easily download the videos/images I've created

What I don't like:

- The battery life isn't great (probably worth getting a second battery
- It only records for about 30 minutes then stops (which really sucks) because if you're shooting a longer video you need to hit record again

Also, I use Screenflow which is good but from what I hear Final Cut Pro is way better so at some point I may switch to that.

Hope this helps. :)

Tim
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
Thank you for getting back to me Tim, I really do appreciate it :-) And thank you for being so in-depth with what you use and your opinions of it. I will take a look at the Canon EOS M50 and see if it fits what I need it to do :-)
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moonmount Premium
Hi Chrystopher, Two different cameras, but both very high-quality state of the art technology encompassing photo and video
These cameras will far exceed your above expectations for many years to come.
Please review all the specifications...as there will be a quiz on Monday as an extra for your Birthday!! Happy Birthday

Ron

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Camera Modes + Settings
Photo
20MP
Video
Video 5K30 + 4K60, Wide FOV
16:9 Aspect Ratio
5K
Wide Lens
30, 24 fps
Linear Lens
30, 24 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
30, 24 fps
Narrow Lens
30, 24 fps
4K
Wide Lens
60, 30, 24 fps
SuperView Lens
30, 24 fps
Linear Lens
60, 30, 24 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
60, 30, 24 fps
Narrow Lens
60, 30, 24 fps
2.7K
Wide Lens
120, 60 fps
SuperView Lens
60 fps
Linear Lens
120, 60 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
120, 60 fps
Narrow Lens
120, 60 fps
1080p
Wide Lens
240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
SuperView Lens
120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Linear Lens
240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Narrow Lens
240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
4:3 Aspect Ratio
4K
Wide Lens
30, 24 fps
Linear Lens
30, 24 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
30, 24 fps
Narrow Lens
30, 24 fps
2.7K
Wide Lens
60 fps
Linear Lens
60 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
60 fps
Narrow Lens
60 fps
1440p
Wide Lens
120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Linear Lens
120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Linear + Horizon Leveling
120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Narrow Lens
120, 60, 30, 24 fps
Looping
4K
Wide Lens
30 fps
SuperView Lens
30 fps
Linear Lens
30 fps
1440p
Wide Lens
60 fps
SuperView Lens
60 fps
Linear Lens
60 fps
1080p
Wide Lens
120, 60 fps
SuperView Lens
120, 60 fps
Linear Lens
120, 60 fps
Narrow Lens
120, 60 fps
Intervals
Max, 5m, 20m, 60m, 120m
Video File Format
MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HEVC)
Max Video Bit Rate
100Mbps (2.7K, 4K, 5K)
Additional Video Settings
HyperSmooth 3.0 Video Stabilization + Boost, HindSight, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture, On-Screen Shortcuts, Touch Zoom, 8x Slo-Mo, Protune
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SONY ALPHA A9 DSLR (probably the most sophisticated DSLR type camera on market today for photo and video.

24.2-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with integral memory

Achieves high sensitivity of up to ISO 204,800 with the design of a back-illuminated structure, captures high-resolution images up to 6000 x 4000 pixels.
100 - 51,200 ISO range (expandable to 50-204,800) for crisp, clear photos even in low light

Shoot confidently without sacrificing detail, even in extremely low light.
20 fps continuous shooting without blackout

Offers high-speed continuous shooting without a break for as many as 362 shots.
693-point focal plane phase-detection AF

Provides distinctively wide and dense AF point coverage over approximately 93% of the image area.
High-resolution 4K movie recording

Full-pixel readout without pixel binning makes it possible to deliver detail-rich high-resolution 4K movies.
One-touch remote & one-touch sharing

Use one-touch remote to turn a smartphone or tablet into a viewfinder/remote control. One-touch sharing transfers photos/videos to your device for sharing on social networks.*
FTP transfer via LAN terminal on the camera body

Offers convenient transfer of still image files to a specified FTP server for viewing and management as needed.
2.95" 1440k-dot LCD screen

Take charge of the camera performance with this 3.0-type tiltable LCD touch screen. Convenient Touch Focus feature also allows you to freely choose an area of focus by simply touching the LCD screen.
High-speed BIONZ X image processing engine

Optimized for speed to reliably capture fast-moving subjects and realized continuous shooting of up to 20 fps.
Preview the shot before taking it with the Quad-VGA OLED electronic viewfinder

Bright, high-contrast viewfinder lets you see the results before you shoot, and features 3686K dots for amazing resolution.
Fast Hybrid AF system

Allows you to confidently capture everything from fast-action sports to fast-moving wildlife.
Enhanced Eye AF

Eye AF automatically detects and focuses on the subject's eye.
AI-driven Real-time Tracking Mode for precise and robust subject tracking

Real-time Tracking uses Sony’s latest AF algorithm - which includes Artificial Intelligence-based object recognition - to detect and follow subjects with unprecedented accuracy.**
Five-axis SteadyShot in-body image stabilization unit and high-precision gyro sensors

Provide a 5.0-step shutter speed advantage for full-frame images.
Wide dynamic range, 14-bit uncompressed RAW

14-bit RAW format is supported, and is a good choice in situations where the sensor's wide dynamic range and fine gradation reproduction will benefit the images being captured.
Robust magnesium alloy body with dust- and moisture-resistant design

Provides durability in a variety of shooting conditions.
HDMI (Type-D) output makes 4K UHD TV hookup a snap

Easily connect your camera to a 4K UHD TV for immediate movie playback. HDMI cable is required and is sold separately.
Dual media slots (UHS-II SD Card compatible)

Two SD media card slots are provided for still and movie storage (one slot for SD cards or Memory Stick) with the lower card slot being UHS-II compatible for faster write speed.

*Requires high-speed Internet service.

** Firmware version 5.0 for the Sony α9 is required.
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
That's a lot of detail Ron, I'll have a read through, but no, no test on Monday ;-)
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Manu27 Premium
hello Christopher, I would be happy to give you some advice. Today in the modern day is nanotechnology, Our phones taking the place of everything, Apple, Samsung, and Sony have very good cameras on the phone and making 4k resolution video ar the same time. The good thing is you can edit same time, But If you are an old class you can make it with Canon DSLR cameras.
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
Very true, I have the iPhone X which can record at 4k, but unfortunately, you can not use it as webcam connected to your computer.
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