Originally Posted by londonguy
If anyone can point me in the right direction, i'd really appreciate it
Welcome to the forum! I visited London as a tourist last year and loved it. Maybe I ran into you somewhere!
I'll try to help.
1) Easy to use (point and shoot) and upload onto YouTube (im bad with computers )
-- All the current small Canon, Sonys and Panasonics are easy to use. They have an "intelegent automatic" setting that gets it right most of the time. However, if you are trying to shoot light bulb intensity changes, you may have to use manual lens and shutter settings that won't automatically adjust to the changing light. They all come with software that moves your video files to your computer, if it's a Windows PC. With a Mac, YouTube makes it easy and quick to learn after you file for an account. You'll learn it in 5 minutes or less.
2) Be relatively small
--All P&S (Point and Shoot) cameras are pocket sized, unless you spend for big zoom capability.
3) Don't really want to spend more than £250
--Should be easy. My favorite small video camera is a Sony HX9V that, while it is now being replaced by newer models from Sony, is still available on Amazon UK for your price: Sony HX9V on Amazon UK
. It is small, highly regarded in many reviews, has the software to make YouTube easy, takes very high quality HD video, has enough manual controls to record changing light intensity and records good 2 channel stereo sound. It has many similar competitors.
4) Good battery life
--The small P&S cameras, including the HX9V will do around a full hour or more of continuous video. An extra battery fixes any shortcomings on battery life.
5) Easy to upload onto editing software on my Mac (when i work out how all that works).
--Look for cameras that use SD Cards for memory. Most do now, including the HX9V. You pull the card out of the camera and plug it into your computer or a cheap card reader in a USB port. The other way is to plug the camera into the computer with a USB cord that, normally, comes with the camera. Either way, you copy the files to your computer and iMovie will do the work. If iMovie does not appeal to you, I can recommend Adobe Premier Elements 10 for Mac.
6) Have a slot for an external mic
--That is the hard part. External mics don't often show up on lower priced camcorders. Whenever that comes up on this forum, there normally are no good suggestions. The HX9V does not. The lowest priced current camera that I know of that has an external mic and gets solid reviews is the Panasonic FZ150 (here at Amazon UK
. It is a little bigger and has a lot of features you would probably not need.
You mentioned the Zoom Q3HD. I know nothing about that camera, but it might work very well for YouTube work.
Why do you need an external mic for YouTube videos?