Cooking Video Shot With A Digital Camera

by Harlan Yee on January 19th, 2011

Without a doubt, internet video is a powerful medium that can reach a lot of viewers. There are videos online on just about every subject you can imagine! If you run a blog or company, using video is a great way to market your products and services. Making a video is easier than ever and the cost to produce a video is very low especially using a digital camera that can capture video.

I’m a big proponent of using digital cameras for video. In fact, every video I have published online has been shot with one digital camera or another. I have 2 HD capable cameras that I use to produce videos. One is a Canon Powershot SX200 point and shoot camera and the other is a Canon EOS 7D DSLR.

Canon Powershot SX200 IS

In a recent experiment, I used my old Canon Powershot SD870 Digital ELPH to shoot a cooking video. I wanted to demonstrate what is possible with a digital camera for producing videos. This particular camera doesn’t even do HD!  It’s maximum video resolution is 640×480 but as you’ll see, it is quite adequate for online video. So don’t feel like your videos have to be in HD.

When shooting any type of demonstration video, I use the Macro function quite a bit to get good clear close-up shots. Maybe this is a glimpse of a future web project I’ll be working on. It sure was fun to shoot and the shrimp was crisp and tasty! My parents need to come to town more often and cook!

The main thing to take away from this post is that you don’t need an expensive video camera to shoot online videos. Here are some of the digital cameras I’ve used to shoot video with:

Canon Powershot SD980 Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SX200

Canon Powershot SX210


Canon Powershot SD870 Digital ELPH

Olympus PEN E-P1

Casio Exilim EX-FC100

Please let me know if you’ve shot an online video (or any video) with your digital camera. It’d be interesting to see what everyone is working on. Simply leave a comment below!

  1. That was an excellent video. Proves that HD is not always required for great quality. I might have to try that recipe also.

    I was perusing your site and have enjoyed it so far. Keep up the great work.

  2. Harlan Yee permalink

    Hi Steve,

    Glad you enjoyed the video. I might try to do some more cooking videos with my digital camera in the future.

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