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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


    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?

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  2. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    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


    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.