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Shopping for a new HD video camera...any tips?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by mixflip, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. mixflip

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    Mar 4, 2009
    Here is what I feel I want/need as far as features...

    I'd like to spend between $300 to $400 if possible?

    Have a screen I can flip backwards for over head shots or when I am in front of the camera.

    Record in 1080 HD.

    Flash memory internal and upgradable with SD cards. (less/no moving parts for recording at the range) I dont want HDD or mini HD tapes.

    external mic input jack for a lapel or hand held mic. (this is a tough feature to find on lower priced HD cameras I noticed?)

    Decent optical zoom. X20 is good for me.

    Auto macro for close up details.

    image stabilization.

    I am not a fan of touch screen interface? I am old school and like a toggle joystick if given a choice?

    Slow-mo feature would be nice but I guess not really needed since slo-mo can be done on the video editing software.

    Format? I had a Sony before and it was a pain sometimes to get it to work with some editing software?

    #1 mixflip, Jan 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  2. Pierre!

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    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    Check out the Kodak Zi8 - I like mine!

    It's not the best with low light, this is for sure. Package is very small, works well, takes and external microphone...

    And the price is nice!

  3. mixflip

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    Mar 4, 2009
    I actually have a Zi8 but I want a camcorder that has a real zoom and auto macro and a screen I can flip backwards so I can see myself when I am standing in front of the camera or holding the camera over my head.

    I did some research and have come up with the Canon Vixia HF-R10 so far.
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