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Video camera for shooting soccer games

by shayb3 / February 25, 2010 4:03 AM PST

We are looking for a video camera to film our daughter's high school and club soccer games.
We need to start making DVDs to send to college coaches.
I would like to keep it under $1000.

I need a recommendation of some models to look at.

Thanks!
Shay

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strong Optical Zoom camcorders - 25x up to 70x
by MiniCamcorders / February 25, 2010 7:56 AM PST

In general, I recommend that you get something with a good optical zoom. Here's a link that lists a number of good camcorders with zoom rangers from 25x up to 70x.

http://www.minicamcordersblog.com/mini-camcorders/optical-zoom-a-feature-that-matters


Specifically, I'd recommend the highest zoom you can get, which is right now 70x, with either the Panasonic SDR-H80 or Panasonic SDR-S26. The H80 has a hard drive that allows for a really long recording time. The S26 uses an SD card (like the card you put in most digital cameras). Both versions have a very effective image stabilization, which is important, especially when zooming in.


You can find out more about the Panasonic SDR-H80 (hard drive version) at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P3P3OE?ie=UTF8&tag=amazo09-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001P3P3OE


You can find out more about the Panasonic SDR-S26 (SD card version) at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P3P3S0?ie=UTF8&tag=minicamcordersblog-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B001P3P3S0


I hope this helps.

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panasonic sdr-s26
by chickenorfish / February 25, 2010 9:34 AM PST

i have the panasonic sdr-s26 and the zoom and stabilization are fantastic. however the image quality is lacking, especially on anything but a sunny day

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Sony's are good for low lighting
by MiniCamcorders / February 25, 2010 8:08 PM PST
In reply to: panasonic sdr-s26

Low lighting can be a problem for most camcorders. Sony seems to be the best brand for overall low-light recording. There's a whole range of Sony Handycam camcorders that would be good to consider. Here's a link to what's available.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref_%3Dnb%5Fsb%5Fnoss%26field-keywords%3Dsony%2520handycam%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&tag=minicamcordersblog-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

I recommend staying away from the mini DVD models, though, because, at most, you can only fit 20 to 30 minutes per disc.

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