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HD Camcorder ($400-600)

by Chubz123 / August 5, 2010 12:50 PM PDT

For my birthday, I would like to receive/purchase a camcorder with the following characteristics:
- HD recording (preferably 1080p)
- Small, lightweight
- Excellent zoom w/ image stabilization
- $400-600 or so price range

Does such a camcorder exist? The reason I want it to be in high quality is because I run a YouTube channel and would like to reach 1080p with my content to give viewers the best videos possible. The reason I'm looking for excellent zoom and image stabilization when zoomed is because I tend to record quite a bit of football footage and would like to be able to get a shot of the entire facility and zoom in as far as individual players and coaches, referees, and so forth.

I greatly appreciate any advice. My birthday is just over a week away, and I've been Googling like crazy trying to find just the right camcorder. Thanks once more for any help!

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