OT Suggestions For a Live Video Cam Upgrade?

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OT Suggestions For a Live Video Cam Upgrade?

Post by Boy_Narf » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:44 am

Hello Everyone,

So we started recording audio with a Zoom H2N a few years back, and then upgraded to a GoPro Hero 4, and now use a Sony AS50 Action Cam. The GoPro by far had the best sound quality, but was a buggy disaster. Frame dropouts (causing video renders to fail), overheating (causing the camera to turn off), the infamous helicopter noise, inconsistent battery life, terrible customer support, it was a serious PITA. I ended up adding a battery backpack (3+ hours of battery!!!), but that caused even more issues with overheating. We sold it off and replaced it with a Sony AS50. The Sony is WAY more reliable and has nearly 3 hours battery life on 1080/60. Issue is that the sound quality is pretty bad, and doesn't come close to the buggy go pro. For a while we were running a dual mount with the Sony, and the Zoom, but it's just too much of a pain to set it all up, and the devices quickly go out of sync with each other once it comes to editing time.

Wondering if anyone has some recommendations for a camera with solid audio quality in a live environment? I'm looking at the Zoom Q4/Q8 but the reviews aren't glowing. I also thought I might give GoPro another try with a Hero 7 White (people are saying the audio is way better than the gen 6), but the reviews on that unit are terrible.

Any suggestions would be great. Looking to stay under the $300 CAD mark. Also open to camcorders if there is one with decent audio.

Thanks.
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Re: OT Suggestions For a Live Video Cam Upgrade?

Post by misterfolkertsma » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:17 pm

I think the Zoom Q2n might be a good option for you, around that budget.

Otherwise look around for a secondhand Sony A6000 with the Sony ECM-XYST1M external mic. Less easy to use, but the 1080p footage is still really solid. Battery life might not be as great, considering the larger sensor. So you’ll definitely want to hook it up to a larger power source.

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Re: OT Suggestions For a Live Video Cam Upgrade?

Post by Boy_Narf » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:16 pm

Hey, we actually picked up the Q4N due to the flip screen and rechargable battery. Haven't used it at a show but have done some testing. Low light performance is terrible. Everything is grainy. In bright light however it's much better than our old camera. Singer even mentioned how the colors are more true to life. Audio is good of course but it seems there is a low mid cut even with the low cut setting off (I did a shootout with the old camera and the Q4N is quite thin sounding in comparison). We will be testing extensively when we hit the road in a few weeks.

Also on 1080/30 96khz 24bit we got 2:25 of battery life. Better than both of our old cameras.

So funny having to go back to mini usb. This truly is tue old generation of video camera. I would expect a refresh soon, considering they just released a Q24K.
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