well brace yourself, these things require a certain amount of techinical fussing. I am not an expert, I can only give you my experience with a sony trv38 which is in the 800$ range.
this is a fab camera-- nice video, nice big LCD screen which was a major selling point. The still phjotos are very basic, very grainy, nowhere near the quality of a cheap still camera-- don't know for sure but I think this is common, so maybe you should get a still camera for stills. getting the video into your computer is easy if you have a firewire port on in, if you don't you'll have to install a firewire card for it. After that, it's pretty simple-- you connect the camera to the computer using the firewire card (you can also use USB but it doesn't work as well for me-- USB 2.0 may be a diffferent story). the firewire shouldn't need any software. (firewire is pretty cool, it allows you to control the camera's play functions AND record back to the camera wehen finished). then you have to learn whatever software you're using to import and edit the video. most of it is either poor software or expensive. I use premiere and there is a lot to learn in that program.
note you need a pretty fast computer -- 600mhz to 1 ghz at least, and a second hard drive for the video media is recommended but not absolutely necessary.
if you're planning to export your finished show to DVD or VHS well that's a whole 'nother layer of hardware and learning how to do. also when they upgrade the software or the hardware everything you own becomes obsolete (so what else is new). it never ends. --fj
Hello to All,
I hope someone can help me. I have never had a camcorder and want to get one, but will all the different types out there now I am so lost. Also add to the mix I am in the stoneage when it comes to doing anything on my computer. So what I need is a simple point and shoot, that can work inside and out. And also can take still shots, but does not take alot of computer skill to make it all work after my vacation. Oh and if it's not too much trouble I would like it to be no much money also.
Thanks in advance for any help and info.