So I went around my home today and shot some flowers with the ZR800 (update: review posted). I wanted to showcase that today’s cheap cameras are good enough for the general population and people should not flock into HD without even thinking if they actually need it.
The footage was color graded (of course), while it was shot in “neutral” color mode. You see, these consumer cameras (like most TV sets) are over-saturated by default, because that’s how they attract customers who don’t have a clue about video (“wow, ooh, look at the color of this TV honey, we should get it for Christmas”). Finally, some of the shots are not steady as I couldn’t fully use my tripod with that specific camera (I can’t remove the pin hole that gets in the way).
The full review of the camera will be published in two weeks time on Tuxtops. For now, check below the kind of quality achieved with this $200 camera. Click here to view the video in higher, 480p, resolution, or to download the original .mp4 file.
Of course, not everything was rosy with the ZR800. Here’s a shot below that looks absolutely dreadful. Yes, that’s how the ZR800 shot that whole scene. It seems to not like it when it’s cloudy and you are shooting towards the water.