You Want to Record WHAT?!

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 1:50 pm.

old recording set up

It’s easier than ever to record events and activities at Bryn Mawr, thanks to an extensive loan pool of equipment at the Canaday Circulation Desk.  Want to record a practice run-through of your presentation before doing it in front of an audience?…  Want to make an MP3 of your friend’s recital?…  Need to take photographs with a little more artistic control than your smart phone allows?…  All are easily done with the right devices!

For digital still photography, we recommend:  The Sony Cyber-shot.


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is an easy-to-use “point-and-shoot” super-zoom camera, offering a 63x, 24.5-1550mm zoom lens, 20.1 megapixel Super HAD sensor, and Sony’s Sweep Panorama function. The H400 is equipped with a built-in EVF, optical SteadyShot image stabilization and 720p HD video.  All of this means that this camera can capture excellent images ranging from close-ups of faraway subjects to expansive wide shots of vistas, as well as good-quality video.  Give it a try, and see what you can accomplish!

For sound recording, a good choice is:  The Sony Zoom Recorder.

Zoom H2 recorder

The H2 Handy Recorder is a compact, handheld digital audio recorder that can capture very high quality digital stereo or 4-channel audio through its four internal microphones.  The H2 can record in WAV format (at 96, 48, or 44.1 kHz in either 16 or 24 bit depth) as well as the more compressed MP3 format at up to 320 kbit/s.  It has a three-way gain input switch, with settings for low (useful for loud sounds, such as a live rock band), medium, and high (useful for speech, such as one or two people podcasting in a quiet room.)  The unit also has ports for using an external mic and a line level in, as well as a low-cut filter to remove wind noise when recording outdoors.  The next time you need to capture audio, consider this versatile device.

For video recording, we suggest using:  The Sony Handycam.Sony Handycam

The Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam features an Exmor R CMOS sensor for increased sensitivity on low light situations and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss zoom lens with 30x optical zoom. The CX-405 captures Full HD 1920×1080 video at 60p and 9.2MP still images to media cards. The Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode delivers smooth video, and you can monitor and playback footage via the 2.7″ LCD display.  With this unit, you can record both high-quality AVCHD and web-optimized MP4 files. The Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and automatically selects the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes, with 60 different possible combinations, so even a novice videographer can capture excellent shots.  Come give it a try!

To see even more equipment available for use by Bryn Mawr College faculty, staff, or students, see our listing here.


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