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How to choose a Camcorder/Handycam

I am planning to buy a camcorder/handycam for this thanksgiving. My usage is mostly for kids (indoor or outdoor). Please suggest me.

Few questions,

One with SD card? a specific model or brand?

I see few on sale
1. Panasonic HC-V270K
2. Canon VIXIA HF R600 White

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Panasonic

I use the Panasonic HC-V750 which is an excellent camera. The later model is the HC-V770 which has additional features. Most run on SD cards. A 32Gb Class 10 SD card should do.

You should also budget for a decent video editor. I use Corel's VideoStudio which covers all my needs. Corel supply a minimum specification for your PC to run VideoStudio on their web site.

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Both are fine

entry-level consumer camcorders. The one feature I see as an advantage is the Canon HF R600 has a connector for an external mic that the Panasonic HC-V270 does not have.

Assuming you use this again after Thanksgiving, you may want to add an external mic. Much better to have that connection available and not need it rather than need it and not have it. The alternative to getting decent audio using a device with no external mic/connection is to use a digital audio recorder and synch the audio when you edit the video in a computer.

Also, consider getting a tripod... that way everyone can be in the frame and no one is stuck having to hold the camcorder.

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy

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