Need a camcorder for 4 month holiday in Australia -

Dec 9, 2017 1:41PM PST

I am considering Panasonic HC-V380 - What do you think?
I would like my recordings to be as steady as possible - so i dont know if the is the right solution? Budget is 3-500 dollar i think Happy

Best regards Brian

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For steadiness, that's a tripod or at least a monopod.
Dec 9, 2017 1:45PM PST

No camera I've used is shakefree without help. Also, is it possible you will have a smart phone? I no longer carry my big camera and will soon dump the camcorder.

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Good idea - but
Dec 9, 2017 1:47PM PST

I also considered my OnePlus 5T phone - but what about zoom and storage ... ? That is why i am considering a camcorder ...

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Just a few months back
Dec 9, 2017 2:06PM PST

The CNET Cheapskate pointed out the Moto G5 Plus on sale so we bought 2. Both got 128GB memory cards and I set it up to sync on Google Photos. We went on a 2+ Week trip and it was plenty.

A camcorder usually has less than this space without the ease of sync or more.

But if you insist, try to stay in the top 20 best sellers at https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Camera-Photo-Camcorders/zgbs/photo/172421

Adding with PS. Both G5 models were the 4GB RAM models. The first was 250 and the second was 212 because I got it from Amazon Warehouse. You can check out what the 128GB cards run. Much less than I expected.

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Panasonic HC-V770
Dec 9, 2017 6:23PM PST

If you can go up to $500 then the HC-V770 would IMO be a better choice. There is so much more on it than the 380 and it would be a better long term investment. I have found the optical plus electronic image stabilisation to be excellent (on my older 750) for handheld filming.
I would certainly go for a monopod. You will find models that double as trekking poles so can come in very useful.

The Panasonics do have one advantage. They will run or recharge from a USB charger (one is supplied with the camera) but this means that you can use any USB source for running the camera without lots of extra Panasonic type batteries. I use an AUKEY 20000mAh power pack (see Amazon) which lasts up to 12 hours running the camera. The Panasonic supplied mains charger will also recharge this type of power pack.

Unless you are taking a laptop or have access to a PC then a number of SD cards will be needed. 32 or 64 Gb Class 10 will be OK

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