Ahhh yes, the perfect school pocket video cam - one that kids & teachers can take on field trips, use for vlogging, TV Studio production, school special events, classroom presentations and for quick multimedia production. Not necessarily the best of the best in quality but tough and easy to use and I think we're getting close!
Before I start my tech search criteria I have to come clean about something ....I have an unrepentant tech crush on über cool media specialist and SLJ "Test Drive" columnist Jeffrey Hastings... He has been my gadget guru for years. I don't really consider it stalking....ok, maybe a bit of fangrrl. But he's my go-to guy for most things tech & cool and I really recommend reading his articles... so if I gush a bit...well, that's why.
Ahem!....In his recent article: A pocket HD camcorder you could flip for Jeffrey reviews the Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder. And I really had to remember my ladylike upbringing before I started drooling on my laptop when I was reading this.....Ooooer! This handy pocket video camera seems to have the best of the Flip....AND that one thing that we've been waiting for! a Mic Jack! Running anywhere from $149.99-$218.00 (and sorry, I'm teasing you with the Raspberry model...that's out of stock on Amazon!)...this new little cutie might just do the trick! And though the included software is not Mac friendly, Jeff says it doesn't matter cause it can easily be brought into iMovie!
Sorry Flip baby....but we've gotta talk!
Here are the things I want in a perfect pocket video cam for my school, students, & teachers... The perfect pocket video camera must have a:
- rechargeable battery
- image stabilization
- tripod mount - even with the above this is really helpful!
- external mic jack - OMW!!!! I've been SO waiting for this!!!
- viewfinder that's not too small
- tough exterior - won't break when a 7th grader or a teacher drops it on the floor (ahem!)
- not too small or too big - must juuuuust right for portability & use
- a swivel viewfinder....Oooooh that would be perfect!...and yeah, the Zi8 doesn't have that..YET!
Photo credits from Amazon:
Zi8 flipping out by Sir Elric
Zi8 with Mic by Gerard J. Duya "James"