So I have started enjoying making videos of our fishing trips. Someone borrowed my prior P&S and when they broke it they gave me a Nikon AW100. So now I have a waterproof camera and have added regular video as well as some underwater video to my picture taking. As with anything, once you get into it and start seeing stuff produced by better equipment, software and more experienced people, you raise your expectations. Been watching a lot of fishing videos on vimeo and BTW some of that stuff is amazing!
1) I have used peoples GoPros. Good idea but limited function. I have mounts for my Nikon so I can do a lot of what a GP can do, but their wide angle lense is nice at times. Not sure a GP replaces anything tho. Can't really use it easily for still pics. It is a nice camera to have mounted somewhere to capture all that is going on or to dunk underwater for some action when you got a fish near the boat. But looks like they are about $400 for a new HD3 with all the features.
2) DSLR - look like some of the good videos I have seen lately are being made with DSLR's. I assume because you have the choice of various lense options plus they simply do a nice job. Wife takes a lot of pics and is a Nikon fan. Currently has a D60 which is probably getting to replacement age.What price range do you have to consider to get into this type camera for stills and videos? I find Nikon's model numbering system confusing so hard for me to tell whats a moderate functioning camera vs a higher one, other than looking simply at the prices.
3) My AW100 - its adequate for videos and takes some decent stills. Probably can produce some decent videos based on the time and software I currently have.
4) Software - currently using Iphoto and IMovie for my editing. Looks like $300 for Final Cut Pro. Good next step?
Challenge for me is this is about like remodeling a house, you cannot do just one step and be done. One step leads to another. Plus I see no reason to spend $1000 on a video camera if my stills are not going to be any good or why have a camera that is more capable than either me or my software or more importantly maybe my online options to share such high quality. Trying to be practical and match up inputs and outputs.
I am probably not ready with time nor money to try and make some of these really high quality videos some of which are really short films. My wife and I were talking, to do that you are probably talking about needing a really good video camera, a waterproof housing, a really nice DSLR, some nice editing software plus a new computer with the capacity to deal with really large files. In addition I expect it takes a lot of time when you are back him to do the editing. I really want to spend as much time as I can on the water and when on the water I don't mind doing some filming but don't want three cameras around my neck all day! Then when I get home I do enjoy spending a few evenings or a day or two putting together a nice 5-10min video to share with people I take fishing, to share with friends, or simply to keep to remind me when I get old!
Any guidance from those who have been down this road is appreciated. So far my thought is I need a friend who is really into this stuff and wants to bring it along on a fishing trip !