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buying first camcorder need assistance

by Laura-Jean / August 15, 2007 11:16 AM PDT

I'm looking to purchase my first camcorder. I'm not looking to spend alot, frankly as little as possible and I have no idea on what to look for. My main purpose will be recording at night and it will probably be for some length of time. I'm not going to be doing anything fancy, just simply recording for myself. No editing or uploading or anything will be involved.

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A couple suggestions...
by whizkid454 / August 16, 2007 3:29 AM PDT

1) Read the Camcorders Forum Sticky. There is a lot of helpful information there.
2) Do some general research on camcorders in general. Read about the different formats and see which one suits your needs best. Once you know what type you are looking for, head on over to to look through some of their reviews.
3) Search the forum to see what others have suggested.

Come back with a short list of possible camcorders and we can narrow it down from there.

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In addition to whizkidd454's suggestions,
by boya84 / August 16, 2007 8:58 AM PDT

a couple of questions:

You said you will be capturing video at night... as in "darkness" or outdoor stage venue with lighting?

Will there be any light on the subject you are capturing? If yes, do you what sort of light that will be?

If no, are you willing to use a video light? How far away will the subject be from the camcorder?

If you need infrared ("night vision"), does your video need to be in color or is monochromatic (black and white or green and white) acceptable?

What do you mean "recording... for some length of time"? 5 minutes, 50 minutes or hours?

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