- February 28, 2014
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
What would you suggest using for conducting mobile hangouts on air? I’ve got a stinkin’ iPhone 4.. the old one.. but should I upgrade before I go to SMMW and doing these with the oldie?
Don’t upgrade your iPhone to do mobile hangouts. Look into a Chromebook my friend. If you really want to use mobile hagnouts. The Chromebook C720 does really good mobile hangouts. Remember the biggest problem with the smaller cameras on these devices is they tend to struggle with bad lighting.
Right now I’m using the Logitech C910 or Logitech C920. It comes in crystal clear. But I’ve got good lighting in my studio. If I use my $200 Chromebook C720 for hangouts it comes in great. Actually if you want to see an example of it in action, I sat next to a window in my upstairs dining room by the natural lighting. Natural lighting is your best choice for lighting.
If you watch this video on Mia Voss’ show The Mia Connect, I was actually a guest on there for the first half hour. I only used the C720 and if that looks like it’s a decent quality for you, that sucker only cost me $200. I mean that’s a deal. It’s mobile, it’s easy to use and it’s designed for Chrome. Chromebooks really are the way to go if you’re thinking about doing mobile hangouts.
For higher resolution, and if you want to spend the extra money, look at the Chromebook Pixel. But it’s crazy to spend $1500 for browser. Even if I had a $1500… I’d buy those big clunky Google Glasses before I would buy a browser. I do not recommend using a mobile phone for mobile hangouts. You have the shaky camera issue, you have to find a tripod, you have to get the lighting right. It is still a pain.
You can get a standard laptop. If you do, I’d consider buying a mobile Logitech C920 digital camera so video comes in spectacular. Technically my entire studio is mobile. I have a laptop here, a general Windows 7 laptop and the Logitech C920 USB camera. I’ve also got the Blue Snowball Microphone. This is all portable so I could technically, as long as I have an internet connection that can sustain it, do mobile hangouts on air. Once again, I would not recommend buying a new phone for doing mobile hangouts on air. I just don’t think mobile phones can do it as well as you’re looking for.