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Best Camcorder 1k$?

Hello everybody.
I'm looking for a decent camcorder no higher than $1k.
Which one you would recommend?

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Depends what you need and expect.

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If this is for "home" use and you're not expecting large HDTV screen, theatre/movie cinematic quality - and you are expecting to use the camcorder handheld most of the time,

If you are getting into a video hobby where things get a little more serious - like using some sort of steadying device and very rarely using the camcorder handheld, adding lights and a couple of external mics, then the price of the camcorder comes down to deal with the other stuff

Unless you're dealing with a different budget for the accessories...

If you expect consumer-grade camcorders to behave well under poor lighting, then you're probably in for a nasty surprise because they just can't compete with the likes of a camcorder with a 72mm diameter lens and large imaging chip that will be over 2x more than your stated budget.

And we have not talked about potential computer hardware upgrade (at the very least possible addition of terabytes of storage, though CPU and RAM are also worth considering), video editing application(s) and other accessories...

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Oh... and it depends on what your

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definition of "best" is.

None of the above is "best" for everything... I would suggest using an "action camera" (Sony Action Cam or GoPro Hero4) for fast-action close work. We already know the above won't do well for poor lighting. None will do well for recording a performance's audio if the source of the audio is on a stage 40 feet away and the built-in mics are used (hence external mics). And none will provide "good quality video" when used handheld (always use a steadying device - tripod, shelf, rock, ground... Steady cam vest/arm system, camera crane, chair, etc.).

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