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Camcorder for Iraqi Conditions

by AmericanCliche / April 5, 2008 11:12 AM PDT

Some background:

I'm a native San Franciscan, Army National Guard Officer and on my way to Iraq. I want to make my own documentary about what the day to day life of soldiers is like; not the combat side...just how we live, what we eat, what we do for fun, locals we work with...etc.

Features I need:

Durability (high temperatures and LOTS of dust is normal out there), compact enough to carry with me (either in a rucksack or large cargo pocket) and decent quality video (HD or something close to it).

Price Range:

$1000-2000.

What's caught my eye so far:

Panasonic SDR-SW20S: The size and durability factors are very appealing. However, I get the impression that the video quality isn't really there.

Sony DCR-SR82: I like the size, user interface and video quality. I'm concerned that it's not going to be very durable.

Basically I feel like I'm stuck between choosing durable low quality video or high quality video with low durability.

Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Why not a Flip?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2008 11:54 AM PDT
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Other thoughts...
by snafu2u / April 11, 2008 3:53 PM PDT

I'd suggest you'd opt for ruggedness over quality as sand/dust gets into everything there. Better to be able to capture ok quality vs. none due to equipment failure. You may want to go with solid state recording instead of MiniDV with drive mechanisms that can get gummed up.
Another thought, is there any underwater cases available for the models you're looking at. That may help with adding the durability requirements you need.

Be safe. Thank you for your service!

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