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Looking for a digital video camcorder

by bspolin / August 13, 2005 6:08 AM PDT

I've been looking for a miniDV camcorder but I haven't had any luck. I need it to have an optical zoom of at least 20x, optical image stabilization, and a (really) good low light performance. Any suggestions?

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At 20X that's not helping.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2005 6:27 AM PDT

You will find the zooming in can cause the lens performance to drop. Is the door open to the 4 to 6 figure cameras?

Bob

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20x
by bspolin / August 13, 2005 7:28 AM PDT

ok well you can drop the 20x

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Check specs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2005 8:06 AM PDT
In reply to: 20x

Over and cnet.com in the camcorder area as well as dvspot.com you can compare the lens performance and the minimum lux to see which wins on spec.

The nicer units will be in the above 1 to 2 thousand buck range but be sure to check the minimum lux since sometimes that big lense is for other reasons or you are paying for color or HD capability.

Low light is a weak spot in about 99% of the units out there.

Bob

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impressed by any mention of a camera with 20x optics
by jonah jones / August 13, 2005 6:48 AM PDT
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I believe the Canon XL2 can meet your specs. Do you have
by Kiddpeat / August 13, 2005 12:10 PM PDT

the money to buy it? 4-5 thousand dollars.

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PS: be sure you understand what 20X means. You may want
by Kiddpeat / August 13, 2005 12:18 PM PDT

to look at the magnification factor. If you do, 50mm is about 1X or what you see with normal vision. 200mm is 4X (about 4 times larger than normal vision). Many times 20X means the camera will go, for example, from 4mm to 85mm. That's not realistic, but illustrates the point. 20X does not mean a high level of magnification, but that's how most cameras get there.

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