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good camcorder under $300?

Dec 11, 2007 9:40PM PST

Looking for a camcorder to take ok-good quality video for under $300.
I don't need something very fancy and highDef, just something for messing around with.

What I'm looking for:
Takes ok-good quality video in low light
Preferably flash, but miniDV is fine
good audio
preferably nightshot and night vision, but without is fine as well
good battery life
20x zoom or more
doesn't need to take photos or good photoas as I own a nikon D50 and sony dsc-w90

If miniDV, please explain what I need for it to connect to the PC(firmwire or w.e it is)and how.

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Have you found any?
Dec 11, 2007 10:19PM PST

If you are able to get us to a short list of what you have found that might meet you requirements, we *could* help...

I *think* the closest you will get is a Canon ZR800. Amazon shows $198. 35x zoom. No nightshot or night vision. No camera comes with a good batter in the box. You need to get an extra one.

It is miniDV. That means 4-pin camera side to 4 or 6 pin computer side (depends which Firewire 400 port you have on your computer - or what you install).

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Dec 11, 2007 10:31PM PST

if you go to and look from in the under $300, they have about 10 camcorders within the $300 range. The main one I've been looking at is the samsung mx10 and aiptek GO-HD, both are flash, i Heard the mx10 is pretty good except for very bad low light videos and the aiptek is amazing except for its audio quality.

I also looked into the samsung SC-DC173U. It has miniDV and a sd card slot.

Which of these threeor others are the best in the under $300 range

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aiptek = So far the toy of camcorders.
Dec 11, 2007 11:29PM PST

Have you owned one of their products? So far I'm going write these are no more than toys.


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Dec 11, 2007 11:44PM PST

yes, I've heard aiptek are of very cheap quality and make camcorders more suitable to teenagers and sort(which i am) but this is the best camcorder they make, Videos I found of this camcorder were actually very good for the price but audio was extremely horrible

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"horrible" audio.
Dec 11, 2007 11:56PM PST

Now dim the lights and compare with any name brand.

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Dec 12, 2007 12:05AM PST

ok..please give input on camcorders under, not just desecrating aiptek lol.

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Look in this forum.
Dec 12, 2007 12:38AM PST

You'll find the usual Canon zr800 (for those that want great audio with extenal mics), the zr850 for those that don't care and other models.

-> To wit. Your question is not a new one so I think you should look at the other posts with the same question.


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Samsung MX10
Oct 18, 2009 2:50AM PDT

I just purchased a Samsung MX10 yesterday. I'll be returning it tomorrow
because the video quality is horrible. I have no idea how they came up with 10 megapixel and HD. I was very disappointed and am not hard to please.

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camcorder way under $300
Dec 14, 2010 12:56PM PST

Check out the Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH2 Camcorder at $179.00 right now for a new one. Won't have the 20X Zoom. But is HD and uses a flash card. And does shoot 14MP still shoots. Also check out the video review on UTube. This little camcorder will take excellent hi-def video and stills plus has good audio. Also uses 3 different types of flash cards. The down side the newer SDXC cards cost way too much! But will work well with the other two types of flash cards and they are affordable. You will probably want acouple extra batteries on hand. All I personally can say is that I have read the reviews and watched the UTube Video review myself. And have ordered one of these camcorders for myself. I didn't want to spend too much money for a camcorder either.