Hi everyone, and in particular to Tesselator for starting this thread!
For a while I made a video review to go with every camera I tested, but I stopped for several reasons:
1: It was becoming hard to get hold of many brands in my home base of New Zealand, including Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji and others. In fact today I can only get hold of Canon, Nikon and Panasonic in NZ.
2: The video reviews hardly generated any money at all. The thing you have to realise is this is pretty much a one-man operation and it's also my full time job which supports my family. As such I have to be really careful how I spend my time, and as much as I'd like to do video reviews for everything, they were like working for nothing for about a week at a time. I simply can't afford to do that. Most of the viewers also watched them on YouTube, then never visited cameralabs and complained when I suggested they might want to.
3: The time saved by not doing video reviews has been ploughed into doing more written reviews. So previously I was publishing one or two reviews a month, whereas now I'm publishing about four a month, or even more when I have contributors submitting material at the same time.
This in turn has resulted in more visitors to the site, better search rankings and greater revenue.
I should also add I don't miss the regular comments by haters on YouTube which was really putting me off from uploading anything else. I was also finding many viewers seemed to prefer the irreverent style of DigitalREV and others to my somewhat dry presentations. I was beginning to feel I was doing the wrong thing for that market.
But I'm still fond of the video format and appreciate it was something which made cameralabs different.
I also appreciate again that it drew lots of really great people to the site.
So I would really like to start doing them again, but I have to do it in a way that works for the business, and that's what i'm currently figuring out,
In the meantime, i have actually made a series of new videos you might enjoy which document the first few weeks of an extended trip i'm currently taking around the world. You can find them at:http://www.cameralabs.com/features/Working_holiday/