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I’m so stupid, I bought 2 cameras

Remember my article about the Sony A6400? No? Doesn’t matter. I gave it back and bought the 6600. Why? Because I am stupid. I never even thought about the Stabilization. In the RX 100, it comes so natural, I got so used to it.. that I actually forgot about it being necessary to vlog.

I thought: Woohoo, I have found a cheap vlogging cam. Well, not really. But I am happy with the 6600 now. The »alternative« would have been a gimbal, but I did not want that and it’s also another 500 bucks. So you might just as well buy the more expensive camera.

A gimbal is not good for vlogging

The problem with a gimbal is also that it is

  • too heavy for vlogging (unless you’re the Hulk)
  • not fast to set up (nowhere near point & shoot)
  • bulky and not a great thing to have in your backpack (e.g. while hiking)

Stabilization in post is also not a great option for vloggers

So a gimbal is not really an alternative to image stabilization. The same goes for »fixing things in post«. Post-processing stabilization is not a great option for me and many people on a budget either, because

  • you need expensive or complicated software (I only use open source software, and stabilization in blender is not a fun thing to do—I can do it, you can keep your nerd lecture, but if you think it is easy and fast, you are representing a minority and your opinion doesn’t really matter, not even to the average linux user)
  • it can not be done fully automated (which built-in stabilization actually is)
  • it goes with loss of pixels, so your resolution suffers (and I don’t want to waste space on 4K footage, I don’t need people on YouTube to be able to zoom in to my every pimple)

So there you have it. If you’re poor, buy a point & shoot to vlog. If you want to splurge, buy a DSLR. If you don’t want to do either, buy a mirrorless camera with stabilization.

So why didn’t I opt for the Fuji?

First of all, I hate Fuji. I just thing they look ugly. I hate their dumb software, and I don’t like this cold metal everyhwere. Yes, it looks pricy and fancy. But that’s all it does. In the winter while hiking, I really prefer a lot of plastic on my camera.

Then I hate their stupid sideway-flipscreen. And moreover, I think you simply get more out of a Sony when it comes to videos. The stabilization of Sony cameras is very good. They had that figured out years ago. And with the video options, they are simply superior by specs.

You gotta watch all this on YouTube yourself. I am not going to list the details. Don’t have the time for it. Just pointing you in a direction. Do what you want with the information.

As I said, I hate the flipscreen to the side. I don’t like recording on the camera over its mic jack anyway. I prefer double recording (for safety reasons), when I have it available. Because if you fail to adjust the levels at some point, or it isn’t plugged in right, your complete video is trash. And I film to many things just once to rely on something as unreliable as a portable camera mic-jack. Just no. From 4 years of YouTube, I can not recommend this to anyone in good conscience. Buy a damn recorder or use the internal and go crazy on Audacity.

Anyway, I am good now. I have the nice camera that I wanted. I have the kit-lens from the Sony 6400 (the 18-50mm), which is great for outdoor shooting in good light but really bad for everything else. The Sony A6600 in my opinion is the best camera I have ever owned. If only it was as small as the RX 100. But you can’t have everything and I am really glad that I could afford this monster and 3 lenses with it!

I don’t think that vlogging with a DSLR still makes sense. Even if you are strong, it is a waste of energy and space in your pack (no matter if you are hiking or not). Small cameras are amazing. And since most people (do not lie, my friend) don’t use the viewfinder anyway, why do any of you f_ckers need a camera with a mirror? That’s f_cking pointless.

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