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Handheld Digital Camcorders - Which One?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Jager1, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Jager1

    Jager1 UtilitarianSect Lifetime Member

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    Looking to replace the family camcorder with something a bit newer.

    I've spent time online researching the formats, specs, features and the more I do, the more confused I become. I know what I'm supposed to be looking for (based upon the experts opinions), but it's a bit overwhelming.

    Current considerations are:

    Cost: Under $400 (Don't need High-Def)

    Format: HD or SDHC (or whatever won't be obsolete in a few years)

    The Sony's seem relatively easy to use, but the memory cards and batteries seem a bit proprietary to me. And are both expensive.

    I was wondering if any of you here have purchased one you like in the last year or so and why?
     
  2. Linux3

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    A co worker bought a Canon SC780 IS and it's fantastic.
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_reviews/canon_sd780_conclusion.html

    OK, it's a 12 MP still camera but it takes 720P HD movies at 30 FPS and they are incredible.

    I liked it so much I bought one a couple of weeks ago and have not been sorry. But, it is not a camcorder. Never having had one I don't know what a "true" camcorder would have that this little gem lacks but I think you should take a look at crossover cameras.
     

  3. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    Hey man. So i belong to another forum. Dallas-mavs.com

    it's a sports forum for the dallas mavericks. I assume you have heard of them, anyway i remember there were some really good threads about camcorders on that site a bit ago. So i looked them up. Click the links to go to the two threads. I hope it helps a little bit.

    Also, i copied this from one of my posts in one of those threads. This is what i wrote-------------------> There is a large article about camcorders comparing HDD and mini disc and dvds...check it out. I bet it might help you. I know i saw a picture of a sony handycam in that article too. in the July 2007 issue of PC WORLD. I just read about it, so i thought i would pass on the word. Hope it helps.


    Anyway, good luck, and here are the links.

    http://www.dallas-mavs.com/vb/showthread.php?t=30327&highlight=camcorder



    http://www.dallas-mavs.com/vb/showthread.php?t=33491&highlight=camcorder
     
  4. Jager1

    Jager1 UtilitarianSect Lifetime Member

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    We'll see how that works out.

    Thanks for to all who responded.