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Video camera for shooting soccer games

by shayb3 / February 25, 2010 4:03 AM PST

We are looking for a video camera to film our daughter's high school and club soccer games.
We need to start making DVDs to send to college coaches.
I would like to keep it under $1000.

I need a recommendation of some models to look at.


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strong Optical Zoom camcorders - 25x up to 70x
by MiniCamcorders / February 25, 2010 7:56 AM PST

In general, I recommend that you get something with a good optical zoom. Here's a link that lists a number of good camcorders with zoom rangers from 25x up to 70x.

Specifically, I'd recommend the highest zoom you can get, which is right now 70x, with either the Panasonic SDR-H80 or Panasonic SDR-S26. The H80 has a hard drive that allows for a really long recording time. The S26 uses an SD card (like the card you put in most digital cameras). Both versions have a very effective image stabilization, which is important, especially when zooming in.

You can find out more about the Panasonic SDR-H80 (hard drive version) at:

You can find out more about the Panasonic SDR-S26 (SD card version) at:

I hope this helps.

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panasonic sdr-s26
by chickenorfish / February 25, 2010 9:34 AM PST

i have the panasonic sdr-s26 and the zoom and stabilization are fantastic. however the image quality is lacking, especially on anything but a sunny day

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Sony's are good for low lighting
by MiniCamcorders / February 25, 2010 8:08 PM PST
In reply to: panasonic sdr-s26

Low lighting can be a problem for most camcorders. Sony seems to be the best brand for overall low-light recording. There's a whole range of Sony Handycam camcorders that would be good to consider. Here's a link to what's available.

I recommend staying away from the mini DVD models, though, because, at most, you can only fit 20 to 30 minutes per disc.

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