Matthew Hale’s series, “Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank”, returns to Anthropology News with advice on smartphone and tablet computer peripherals, note-taking software, and smart notebooks.
The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology has a useful guide to equipment for ethnographic work. There are few specific recommendations of items, but useful general recommendations for choosing your own.
Keith M. Murphy 2010/10/29 at 11:46 pm I just want to add a caveat about investing in mini-DV equipment over tapeless alternatives. The points Mark makes about compression are correct and are definitely something to consider, however there’s also some danger in diving headlong into receding technology that may not be around for much longer. […]
Mark A. Sicoli, October 2010 I just set up a new Linguistic Anthropology lab at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and so I recently thought about video and audio equipment and made some decisions for which I will share the reasoning and resulting equipment. Tape or Solid State? One of the latest questions to think […]
All of Robin Shoaps 2007 suggestions can be found in the following document: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/pdfs/shoaps_suggestions.pdf Individual pieces of this can be found under the categories of material that they cover.
Robin Shoaps, March 2007 Makes and Models Digital audio recorders Olympus WS 300M series M-Audio Microtrak Edirol R9 Sony HD-MD Marantz PMD 660/670 Tascam HD P2 Video cameras Canon GL-2 Sony HDR HC1 or DCR VX2000 (both NTSC, for Europe, PAL may be more appropriate) A good very high quality camera, appropriate for visual anthropologists […]
Robin Shoaps, March 2007 A Note on Recording Quantity Dissertation fieldwork is a unique opportunity in the lives of most anthropologists. At virtually no other time in your career will you have the amount of time and lack of competing demands for such an extended period. Nor will you have as many opportunities to “cast […]
Robin Shoaps, March 2007
Video Equipment Selection
There are many great, small digital cameras on the market,
for much more reasonable prices than in the past. You may even want to consider having
more than one, if you follow the methodological model above of having consultants have
their own equipment. In addition to the considerations above, for video you want to be
especially sensitive to visual quality, obviously.