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Camcorder Novice

by msf5 / November 16, 2004 2:50 AM PST

I'm looking into buying a camcorder as a birthday present. I don't know anything about camcorders, and I had a question about formats. I want to get a camcorder that has tapes that are easily playable in normal VCRs. What is the best format for that? Mini DV? 8mm?

Also, if someone could recommend a good camcorder in the $300-400 range, that would be helpful. Thanks.

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Re: Camcorder Novice
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2004 2:58 AM PST
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" I want to get a camcorder that has tapes that are easily playable in normal VCRs. What is the best format for that? Mini DV? 8mm? "

The only tape that did that was VHS-C. Mini-DV doesn't not play on normal VCRs.

Prices vary with what world and part of the world you are in so it's unlikely what I note here will be found near you.

Bob

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Re: Camcorder Novice
by frankzxcv / November 16, 2004 4:38 PM PST
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if you get a camcorder that has an analogue Audio-video out, you can hook that directly to a VCR or TV. miniDV is the best format to get right now imho. of coruse you don't want to over-use your camera as a playback deck, best to convert to DVD for that purpose.

many people post asking for which camera to buy, but there there are so many models out there no one can answer that question. just pop over to your local best buy and look around and educate yourself. it's daunting for all of us. --fj

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While at Best Buy, write down make/model numbers, then...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2004 9:38 PM PST
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Post about 5 (max) such here and see what people write.

If you read this forum, then you see that some models get flamed. At least you'll get that input if a model has some glaring fault.

Bob

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