HTC EVO 4G used in professional video rig
In a "just for laughs" experiment, G&E reader and owner of NextWaveDV Tony wrote in to let me know that he couldn't resist putting the HTC EVO 4G in his DSLR video rig.
His setup is composed of mostly Redrock Micro equipment, which is designed for use with professional cameras. The big silver wheel to the right of the EVO is there just for show (it's usually used for manual focus), the EVO is mounted to the mattebox with gaffers tape, and everything is mounted on a shoulder rig for stabilization to improve the quality of the footage. "On video cameras that use high compression like the EVO," Tony says, "the smoother your movements, the less the compression shows up."
He adds that while his Kodak Zi8 produces better videos destined for online use, the EVO "is still the best video camera I've owned in a cell phone to date." In his professional opinion, the video quality produced by the EVO is "decent in well lit area but looks cheap fast when the light is lower."
Cool stuff, Tony!