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How to Build the Smallest World Class Camera System

I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.

It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.

I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.

Kodak zi8 Flip-Style camera rocks!

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I previously wrote an in-depth blog on my social media hardware bag, and the Kodak zi6 flip-style camera in particular.

I've since upgraded to the new Kodak zi8 camera (available from Amazon.com for about $180) which is just amazing.  I can't say enough good things about this camera.

It has an external microphone jack (which the zi6 did not have) and it uses a rechargeable battery that can accept an external power connection during filming (meaning battery life is no longer an issue if you're near a plug, or if you're not near a plug, you can use an external battery pack like the Tekkon external battery pack, which uses 4 AA's).

At left is a picture of me using the zi8 along with the QuikPod to capture the content of a panel at a Digital Hollywood conference.

Here is a sample panel that was recorded with this camera (may take up to 30 seconds to start playing):

I previously wrote an in-depth blog on my social media hardware bag, and the Kodak zi6 flip-style camera in particular. I've since upgraded to the new Kodak zi8 camera (available from Amazon.com for about $180) which is just amazing.  I can't say enough good things about this camera. It has an external microphone jack (which the zi6 did not have) and it uses a rechargeable battery that can accept an external power connection during filming (meaning battery life is no longer an issue if you're near a plug, or if you're not near a plug, you can use an external battery pack like the Tekkon external battery pack, which uses 4 AA's). At left is a picture of me using the zi8 along with the QuikPod to capture the content of a panel at a Digital Hollywood conference. Here is a sample panel that was recorded with this camera (may take up to 30 seconds to start playing): Below are more pictures of me using it with various external microphones, including a lapel microphone. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

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