It’s Time to Join the Video World. Who’s with Me? {Videos}

2015 May 9

In the blogging world we’ve been hearing over and over… VIDEO.
Video is where it’s at people!
If you aren’t creating video you are gonna get left behind.

Everyone says It’s not hard to create videos on your phone.


Just talk into your laptop camera, share a story by telling it in your voice instead of writing it.

Only. None of that has worked for me. AT ALL. — Until NOW…

Downloading from my phone anything more than 20 seconds has been nearly impossible. And I am No Where Near ready for Vlogging 101, with me sitting in front of the laptop chattering about my latest GoodNCrazy parenting fail, or the Costco Ravioli Lasagna we ate last night? No. Not yet anyway…

Introducing the Panasonic 970 Video Camera

Along with 4 other writers I was asked to take a Panasonic Video Challenge. Learn to use a VERY nice video camera. The Panasonic HC-WX970 with 4K ability and a dual camera.

panasonic 4k video camera 970 #panasonicadventure with #TMOMDisney


Whoa. Just the name of the thing is intimidating?

First let’s just call it the 970 for short. M’Kay?
Second let’s talk about 4K. Cuz what?

From what I understand everything will be in ‘4K’ in the near future. 4K is about the resolution. Most laptops are wider than they are tall, usually they are in 1080 pixels across for the screen resolution. So a 4K television means it has four times the resolution across as a regular laptop. Over 4,000 pixels = 4K.

And… a 4K video camera is capable of capturing images in the 4K resolution level.

BUT there are a few things you need to know first:

  1. You’ll need a 4K Television to WATCH the 4K videos you will create.
  2. A video camera capable of faster images as high as 60 frames per second, needs a faster camera card. (I found out the hard way when none of my camera cards would work for it.) The camera card must say something like SDXC, or the word PRO or a higher speed capture rate like 95MB/s. Also it should have a 10 inside a circle. I bought a 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro on Amazon, currently listed at $71.
  3. Actually filming in 4K takes up a LOT of memory on your card and later on your computer hard drive. Plus editing 4K is a whole different beast.

I’ve been testing the 970 in regular MP4 format at 1080 resolution.
So far on a Walt Disney World writing retreat with TravelingMom and my family I filmed as much as I wanted and never ran out of room on the 64 MB card and the charge lasted all day.

While at Walt Disney World in April, I challenged myself to leave the DSLR in the hotel.

Tower of Terror Hollywood Tower Walt Disney World by Carissa Rogers

Using the 970 in Hollywood Studios I was truly impressed with the photo captures. The colors and the crispness are clear… from the VIDEO CAMERA only!


GoodNCrazy Family Spring Highlight Reel

And since the retreat I’ve been using it heavily for birthday celebrations, prom memories, backyard BBQs, middle school track meets (the zoom is awesome people!) and you know… your average, everyday, model rocket launches! The 970 is easy to use and very light, its one-handed video operation is clearly the goal with this compact yet powerful little beast!

Filming in 1080 generates great detail, color and even the night filming option is surprisingly fabulous. I plan to work up to shooting in 4K and looking into whether it’s time to upgrade to a 4K TV soon!

My Favorite Feature of the 970

The thing I’m most impressed with is the amazing Still Captures you can grab either direct with the camera or later while editing. WOW. A few examples from #TMOMDisney WDW:


Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World by Carissa Rogers
Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom

Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World by Carissa Rogers

Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World.


WDW EPCOT Illuminations fireworks show

Epic Fireworks Show at EPCOT (See the full fireworks video on TravelingMom!)

Highlights of the Panasonic 970

  • 4K Ultra HD Video and 8MP Still Photos
  • 1/2.3″ Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • Articulating 5.27MP Secondary Camera
  • 20x Optical Zoom / 50x Intelligent Zoom
  • HYBRID OIS 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 1080p Slow Motion Video up to 240 fps
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video Recording
  • Capture 4K Frame Grabs from Video
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Operation and Live View
  • IR Night Mode


Walt Disney World #TMOMDisney Videos created with the Panasonic 970:

EPCOT’s Epic Fireworks

My Kids Pranking me on Expedition Everest Rollercoaster inside Animal Kingdom

Disclosure: I was asked by TravelingMom to test and review the Panasonic 970.

Music Credit in Family Video: Podington Bear
In #TMOMDisney Videos: Gillicuddy



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