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Need Help Buying a Camcorder ASAP-Help Me Decide!

by ibuyalot / September 10, 2008 3:29 PM PDT

So I am buying a Camcorder for someone as a wedding gift, and I can use some help. Before I jump in, why don't I tell you about the person who will be using the camera, and their technical level. They are about 30 years old, are good on the computer but are not very technical. Will probably be shooting their honeymoon, around the house, as they have kids, and regular family events. Nothing crazy, and they probably won't even be doing a ton of editing.

I have learned a bit over the last few days and was recommended a camera by a friend that is no longer available (Sony SR200). The SR200 is no longer, and its older brother is out which is the SR220.

The problem with the SR220 is, it costs nearly $200 more than the SR200 did before it was discontinued. Also, it supposedly has a crappier CCD sensor.

I am hoping to spend in the $400 to $550 range on the camera, since I also want to buy an extended battery, a cheapo lens cover, and a carry bag. Might consider a warranty if from BHPhotovideo since it also covers dropping. I am trying to spend in the $700 to $750 range total.

Can someone help me choose out a few models? After reading around it seems like many people still prefer the MiniDV format over many of the new ones. I was first considering hard drive based, now am up for whatever makes sense.

I also realize that HD camera's are out now, should I definitely go with an HD? Is AVCHD bad for the average joe who isn't overly technical?

Other camera's I've heard about, or read about:
Sony DCRSR45
Canon VIXIA HG10
Panasonic HDC-HS9
Panasonic PV-GS320
Sony DCR-HC62

PLEASE RECOMMEND DIFFERENT MODELS. I will probably be shopping at bhphotovideo.com since I like their warranty.

HELP!

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choose miniDV
by sektionschef / September 10, 2008 7:49 PM PDT

I would recommend to use miniDV.
And the GS320 is one of the best model that you can get for the money.
AVCHD file format is too complicated for most amateurs and requires a new, fast PC.
Regards
Sektionschef

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Thanks, any more?
by ibuyalot / September 11, 2008 1:08 AM PDT
In reply to: choose miniDV

Thanks for the feedback so far. I checked out that camera and it looks pretty nice. Doesn't have a flash built in, and I am not overly confident with Panasonic. I know they make a great camera, but it seems like a few of the reviews people returned and got Sony's.

Anyone else have any other model's they recommend?

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