Cameras/AV Equipment Recommendations for Educators

Once you pick a brand, stay with that brand. This saves time because you can learn one interface, and reuse batteries, chargers and other parts as you buy over the years. We recommend Canon "Powershot" cameras, but most major brands have good models. We look for:
  • Impartial reviews from reputable sites such as Steve's Digicam, or CNET Reviews
  • High mega pixels, but beware, this is a sales gimmick that can distract you from the other as important factors below. 
  • Optical zoom numbers matter, not digital. Digital zoom is another sales gimmick  It's not really zooming so high numbers don't really matter. 4X is fine.
  • Good sensor chips and software on the camera.
  • Good "glass" or lenses. The bigger the lens, the better. 28mm to 105mm is a good guideline.  

Camera's We Love and Recommend (Photo and Video)

Our favorite true pocket-sized camera for all purpose photo and video. Great for documentation and basic web video and photos.  Hi-res and wide angle shots for the Web and Print. Full Manual controls. RAW shooting.   
Pro level photos and video with interchangeable lenses and a mic port.  High Res video that works well with with wireless mic.  
Great entry level video "Flip" type camera, with a mic port! Excellent for teachers to capture classroom video, or students to learn video production. 



Voice overs, interviews. 20ft cable to mini jack.
For online calls, and mid-range audio recording The legend: Reporter in the streets, rock bands, VO. Need RCA to mini jack converter.
 Wireless Lapel.
 Voice overs, music, separate track recording.


For Vixia and wireless Mics Video and photo usage for all our cameras.  For tabletop recording

Example of a low budget camera kit from 2008

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This camera will do excellent stills and HD video: Make sure there is an audio input minijack though;

This is a full pro camera in terms of stills, audio and video, with a tilting back screen: