Do You Need a High-End Video Camera?

Flip Mino

Flip Mino

Kodak Zi8

Kodak Zi8

Sony Webbie

Sony Webbie

Shooting video is really simple now. We have the Flip Mino camera, where you just push the no-brainer red button. We have the Kodak Zi8, now. We have the Sony Webbie camera. Really simple: Just push the big button in the middle and start taking your video. We can even use digital point-and-shoot cameras to take hi-def video now too.

Here are 6 reasons to use the handy video cameras above:

  1. Convenience,
  2. Ease of use,
  3. Simplicity,
  4. No instructions needed,
  5. Low price,
  6. Good quality when fully lit outdoors.

Here are 5 reasons not to use the cameras above:

  1. Poor in low-light
  2. No external mic input (except Zi8)
  3. Limited recording space
  4. Battery time is limited
  5. Do not use the “Press here to immediately upload to YouTube” button. (Can you say “Edit?”)

Do I use these cameras to post attorney video? No.

I use a very reliable, high-quality, hi-definition camera that provides consistent, excellent quality. Does it cost more than an ‘average’ camera? Yes. Can you tell the difference? I can. I use a Canon Vixia HF S10 that costs about $1,200.

Do you need to buy a high-end consumer camera to get good video online? Nope. You can and should make do with what you can afford.

Just remember, a top-of-the line BMW will get you to the same place as a Honda Civic. They both have 4 wheels, AC, heat, mirrors, power windows and an engine. But there’s a difference and everyone knows it. (BTW, if you drive a Honda, don’t get all bent out of shape; they’re great cars. I’m just trying to make a point here. FYI, I don’t drive either one.)


Gerry is a New York medical malpractice and personal injury trial lawyer in practice for over 21 years. He has produced and created over 230 educational and informative videos to help consumers understand how lawsuits work in the State of New York. If you want to see how Gerry has used video to promote his own practice click here.

Gerry created the Lawyers’ Video Studio to help other lawyers get onto video. To get started with creating video to market your legal services, Gerry offers a simple and cost-effective turn-key video creation system where he doeseverything for you except appear on camera. To get onto video today, learn more in The Lawyers’ Video Studio.

You can reach Gerry personally at 516-487-8207 or by e-mail at He welcomes your call.
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I was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale and shot a spot. I used a Dslr and a digital tascam, I am reviewing Gerry's course. New years' resolution: get busy! I recommend Gerry to everyone. Doing it yourself is very time consuming. I just got a call, the caller is from Texas and he chose me because he felt like he knew me. I have just scratched the surface, cheers Gerry, happy new year, you are inspirational.

Joel Denning