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Best Standard Definition Home Video Camera for Under 300 $

by Bald_gy / February 26, 2010 7:09 PM PST

I am looking for a new standard definition camera for home videos. I have been a Cannon ZR85 minidv camera user for the past 6 years (Now Dead). So I am in the market again for a flash card camcorder. Trying to avoid tapes this time. I film things like soccer, baseball games for the kids. All the typical family stuff. I say standard definition because from what I can read, its a bit messy with the HD video. Here are some of the details of the computer I am sending the video to.

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
3.0 Gb Pent. Processor
4 gb ram
500mb video card
TB of Hard Drive space
Adobe Premier Elements for video editing.

Trust me, I have been reading tons of reviews and have come close to a few cameras. It looks like cannons, Panasonic or sony. Any help would be appreciated. Bill

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So... what have you
by boya84 / February 27, 2010 3:49 AM PST

"come close to"?

What stopped you?

I don't think high compression video (captured by consumer grade flash memory and hard disc drive camcorders) and fast action get along too well. But if you are convinced that's what you want, then I like the Canon FS series. If all the video capture you expect is under good lighting conditions, then a camcorder that does high and standard definition would not be a bad way to go. Like the Sony HDR-CX series.

What the Canons have that the others do not is a mic jack. It may not be important now, but could open a whole new dimension for you.

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What I came close to
by Bald_gy / February 27, 2010 12:34 PM PST
In reply to: So... what have you

Well..when I say come close to, I mean I have went to the stores and looked online and yet to feel comfortable spending 200-300 bucks on something I may not be happy with. From your experience, do you think I could get into a HD camera and not break the bank? If yes, what camcorder. I really, really want a camera that I am going to be happy with. If I have to, I will save up more money for a camera that I will love.

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I don't know what will make you happy.
by boya84 / February 28, 2010 12:11 AM PST
In reply to: What I came close to


I do know that any of the camcorders in the price range you selected will all be about the same in video quality. ALL camcorders can provide great video when they are used within their limitations.

In good daylight, the video you get will be fine. When the light is low, the video will not be so good.

In my experience, I don't know when I will need to capture video or what the conditions will be so the easy way out is to have large lenses and imaging chips which provide me a camcorder with a wider window of shooting opportunities. But large lenses and imaging chips are expensive. These are two reasons consumer cams do not have them. These are two reasons why the more expensive consumer cams (and prosumer and professional) do have them - as the camera gets more expensive, the capabilities increase - mostly because the lenses and imaging chips increase in size.

The $ amount for your budget is the low end of entry level consumer grade.

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by Bald_gy / March 1, 2010 9:23 AM PST

Thanks for the help. I will probably end up getting the new SONY 16GB FLASH HANDYCAM CAMCORDER DCRSX83. From what I hear, it has a slight better low light recording then the rest. Like you said, there all about the same. This Sony though, takes SD cards. I will save my pennies and most likely pick this one up. Thanks again and hopefully it will work out.

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