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Live preview while recording from camera onto TV

I am looking for an inexpensive personal camcorder for personal fun use.

Besides all the features that I can select in a camcorder while shopping around on the internet for the one I would like there is one feature that is very important to me that the camera must have and for the life of me I can't find out what the technical name of the feature is so that when I am looking at camcorder features I will know if that particular camcorder has the feature.

The feature I am referring to is the ability for me to Live Preview what I am recording at the moment on a large screen TV. So in easy terms I guess you would say the TV can be used as a very large viewfinder instead of the standard 3" view finders on the camcorders now.

My main use will be for guests at my home to be able to sit down in front of the camcorder while it is set up on a tri-pod and record blogs. I want them to be able to see themselves on the large screen TV while they are filming themselves at that very moment.

At one point I thought I understood what function the camcorder needed to have and that is an HDMI port. Apparently I was incorrect in this thinking. I have read that some camcorders although having an HDMI port that when you record the screen on the TV goes blank/black and the only time you can use the TV as an oversized monitor/screen is during playback of the recorded video.

So my main question is what is the actual name of this feature that allows you to live preview what is being recorded on a TV while it is being recorded?

Thank you very much

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You have to check each model. Let's see if recent helps
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Panasonic 750/770
At one point I thought I understood what function the camcorder needed to have and that is an HDMI port. Apparently I was incorrect in this thinking. I have read that some camcorders although having an HDMI port that when you record the screen on the TV goes blank/black and the only time you can use the TV as an oversized monitor/screen is during playback of the recorded video.

The 750/770 will continue to transmit on the HDMI port while recording. Both the HDMI and A/V ports will give you a picture and sound. I use mine to run a monitor while recording.
It is true that cheaper models will switch off this transmission while recording, the 750 does not.
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Too much money

I basically am trying to find the name of this feature. This way I can search the Net for the camera I want that has other features and is within my price range.

Once I get this features name I can compare the ones I find and then decide what features I can do without etc that will fit my price range.

The Panasonic is far too expensive for me. This is only going to be a little hobby and fun thing for my guests to do.

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Not a lot of choice

Unfortunately this feature of live monitoring only seems to appear on the higher end of the consumer cam range. Most will supply a live signal on the HDMI port BUT switch it off when actually recording. In other words "either/or".
I know that the 750 will supply a continuous signal because I use this feature when filming.
I have never seen this monitoring feature mentioned in the camera specs of any cameras I have looked at including the 750 & 770.

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