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Need help deciding on a Mini DV camcorder

by hh / April 15, 2005 1:23 AM PDT

I thought I was set on a Sony DCR-HC42 until I read some negative reviews on it. It was getting 3 out of 5 star rating from users on another website. Now I am looking at the Canon line and I wanted to ask the main difference between the Elura and Optura lines. Next, I would like to ask what do all these numbers such as 60, 70, 80, 85 and 90 mean? Is the higher number necessarily the newer and better model?

I am not very technical so appreciate easy answers please! Thanks in advance.

p.s. It is for my son graduating college and I want it to be small enough to fit someone's palm and coat pocket.

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Canon Elura vs. Canon Optura
by hh / April 20, 2005 6:43 AM PDT

Is the main difference between these two lines overall quality (high end vs low end)?

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elura vs optura
by iem2005 / April 29, 2005 7:40 PM PDT


the optura line is higher than the elura line. the elura is in the middle. the zr line is the low end.
one of the biggest differences is the use of the rgb filter that the optura line has. another is optical image stabilization on the optura 50/60 models.

when i watched the video's for the optura 40 and elura 70 on canon's web site

i've read a lot of people's opinions on both the optura and elura lines on - some say that most people can't tell the difference, while others say that you can see the difference. the optura line is closer to the prosumer line of camcorders.

i only know what i've read about these lines of camcorders. i have seen video taken from both of them on websites outside and in low site and overall, to me the optura does look a little better. that could be because i watched on right after the other. i suspect that what some say that if you only see video from the elura, you probably won't think it's bad.

with all of the discussion about low light, i had hoped that canon would have noticed and taken the time to upload some video in various lighing situations other than outside on a sunny day, but so far that hasn't happened.

the reason i want the optura 60 is because of the optical image stabilization and a few other features, like the hot shoe. i just wish that it had the 18 or 20 inch zoom that the elura 90 has.


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Sony HC90
by dquitt / April 30, 2005 10:37 PM PDT

I would keep the HC90 in mind also. I own one and it is an excellent machine. solidly built with great low light capabilities. It is actually an improved version of the PC350. the 3CCD camcorders under 1k are not quite there yet. All of them do ok in bright light but not good in lower light conditions.

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