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Need Recommendations

by psrod / November 17, 2004 8:54 AM PST

Beginner here. Our first child is due after christmas, and I want to do the new dad thing and get a camcorder. I want to spend between 800 and 1000 on the camera. Want a digital camera that I will be able to record quality video, transfer to my laptop, do a little editing, and burn to DVD to share with the family. I think I want a compact recorder to take with us places.

I need a recommendation for the camera, software for the pc, and dvd drive for my laptop (dell 600m).

I'm totaly confused about all the formats and the pros and cons.

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Re: Need Recommendations
by frankzxcv / November 17, 2004 1:18 PM PST
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Re: Need Recommendations
by psrod / November 18, 2004 10:22 AM PST

thanks for the reply

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DCR-PC109 or DCR-PC350
by psrod / November 26, 2004 7:38 AM PST
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Sony Handycam DCR-PC109

or

Sony Handycam DCR-PC350

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Which Accessories
by psrod / December 4, 2004 3:34 AM PST
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I decided on the Sony Handycam DCR-PC350 what accesories do I NEED? Here are some of the Recommended ones.

SONY MSGM64A 64MB MagicGate? Memory Stick

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Re: Which Accessories
by frankzxcv / December 4, 2004 8:06 AM PST
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gee whiz, where did you find all that stuff??

hard to say what to get, it all depends on your use of the equipment. you might want to see what that is first before investing so heavily.

the 50 battery is plenty, shoots for almost 2 hours.

the cam should come with a mem stick and should be all you need, the stills from handicams are not very good anyway.

I use panasonic tape, works great and is less (altho i get it wholesale for $3 each!)

keep tapes in their cases!!!! and you shouldn't need a head cleaner very soon.

you can get a very decent tripod at a camera store for about $200.

the onboard mikes are pretty good, you only need the add'l mike for its better quality which you may not need for just fam pix. also those shotgun mikes get in the shot, you'll need a shoe extender.

--fj

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Re: Which Accessories
by psrod / December 4, 2004 11:22 AM PST
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Thanks, I just cut&paste the list from the sellers site. Battery, Tapes, and maybe a case/bag is all I think I need.

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I need help
by linxwood / April 6, 2008 1:28 PM PDT
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Hello.Could somone tell me where I can find the best price,what trusting shipping company to choose?I never had any camcorder...I dont realy know what to select..


Sony DCR-SR45 30GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom

JVC Everio GZMG555 5MP 30GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)

Panasonic SDR-H40 40GB Hard Drive Camcorder with 42x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Just what I've noticed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2008 1:40 PM PDT
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Don't bother if the company is in NY.

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Re: Need Recommendations
by RossMil / November 26, 2004 9:27 PM PST
In reply to: Need Recommendations

I second that. Sony DCR-PC330 , Sony Handycam DCR-PC109 are good bets too !

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