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HELP! canon vs. sony and more...

by LindsJake / May 30, 2005 1:26 PM PDT

I have been debating between a few camcorders for the past few weeks and can't seem to get any solid advice. I'm hoping you can help me...

I know I want a mini dv camcorder, somewhere in the $300-$500 range. I want to shoot events trips and try my hand at some amateur movies/documentaries, just for fun. So I guess what I want is a good all-around camera that isn't going to break down on me, has a decent battery life, and produces a good picture. I don't really care about the digital stills so I'm just ignoring that feature. I also plan to do editing on my mac, so I don't care too much about effects and stuff.

What I'm down to (I think) is the Canon Elura 70 or 90, and the Sony Handycam dcr-hc 21 or 32. So there are a few parts to my question.
1. Sony or Canon? (as far as these models go)
a.If Canon, what features does the Elura 90 have over the 70 that would make it worth the extra expense?
b.If Sony, is the 32 worth the $100 more?

2. To what extent are these features important to me, for what I'm looking to do with this camcorder?

And lastly, looking through this forum, it seems like people can't speak highly enough about the Sony hc90. It's listed at a cost that's totally out of my range, but I found it for $500something on I found this site through Google, as well as a few others (fotonation or fotoconnection or something too) that sell these camcorders for DRAMATICALLY less than anywhere else. Are these sites to be trusted? I had planned on buying my camcorder from B&H but these prices seem too good to be true...and I'm wondering if they are.

Sorry this is such an increibly long email but I've been back and forth on this decision for a long time and would appreciate greaty any help I can get. Thank you so so so much.


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by drhiberd / May 30, 2005 4:24 PM PDT

1) Good question.
Elura 70-Hot accessory shoe 18x zoom, Elura 90-video light 20x zoom. That's the only difference between the two. Go with the 70 out of those two.
Out of the Sony models you have chosen, neither one is better than the Canons. If you included the HC42, maybe, but I would still go with the Elura 70. I owned one myself for a couple days, but took it back due to it's low light performance. The outside and good indoor light quality was very good. I ended up getting the HC90 because of it's low light performance. I think for the price at B & H, you should get the Elura 70. It is a great little camcorder at that price.
To answer your last question, check merchant ratings at sites like or or Any of these sites. The rating on these resellers will tell you alot about them. B & H is very reputable, and I have personally used them 5 ot 6 times. They have provided great service each time. (Great prices too)
Let me know if this helps, and Good luck to you.

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Also choosing bet Elura 70 & 90
by dheath / June 3, 2005 12:50 AM PDT
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I noticed b&h photo pushing the 70. Then I went to canon's website and see that the 90 is newer. Does that mean that the 70 is about to be upgraded to a new model. Should I hold off on the 70. Actually I need something now, so I can't really hold off. In general, is it advisable to purchase an older model?

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70 & 90
by iem2005 / June 6, 2005 8:09 PM PDT

hi dheath,

the 90 is the upgrade model for the 70, which is why you see so many companies pushing the 70. they want to get rid of last years models.

if the 70 has the features you need and the camcorder is brand new, i don't see a problem with buying it.

i think you should make a list of the features that you have to have and see which model has all of the features that you want.

i would have bought the optura 40 (2004 model) instead of the 60 (2005 model), but the 40 cost almost $200 more than this years model. so i bought the 60 and it has more features - go figure (smile)


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Elura 90
by roxanneroxanne / June 6, 2005 1:14 AM PDT
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So - am I to assume that the Elura 90 out of the camcorders available is probably the best low light?

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low light
by drhiberd / June 6, 2005 3:46 PM PDT
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Sony HC90

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low light
by iem2005 / June 6, 2005 8:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Elura 90

from what i can tell roxanne, most camcorders under $1,000 don't do well in low light - but how much video do you really plan to take in almost total darkness (smile).


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