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What is the best compact camcorder for indoor dance recital?

I have been reading the forum questions/comments regarding the choices made for choosing camcorders but once a year my daughter has a dance recital that is in dimly lit conditions - what is the best camcorder to accomplish this job? I am a novice and would use the camera occasionally, would desire to manipulate the device primarily by zooming in on my subject. I would also use it when she plays in the band (also indoors). I would take the resulting video and download to my computer via USB (so recommend on that has this capability) and then burn a DVD most likely. I was considering the Canon Optura 60 (since it's been so widely talked about and recommended), the Sony DCR-DVD 403 (since it appears to be the newest with the most capability), and the Panasonic PV-GS250 (just because it was rated high in the list of editor's picks). Can anyone make a quick recommendation - the dance recital is next week!!!!

Thank you,
JLR

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Sony

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If you want quality at low light levels, get the Sony HC90.

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What is the best compact camcorder for indoor dance

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1. Don't get a DVD recorder.
2. You will need to use firewire to import the video to your computer, NOT USB.
3. Yes Sonys low light is realy good. John

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DANCE RECITAL

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THATS FUNNY I JUST FILMED A DANCE RECITAL LAST WEEKEND AND USED AN OLDER 1CCD SONY MINI DV, I HAD TO USE A LOT OF MANUAL FEATURES BUT THE PRODUCT IN THE END WAS PERFECT!!
IF YOUR RECITAL WAS CALLED METAMORPHISIS, THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PURCHUSE A GREAT COPY NEXT WEEK, IF NOT, MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO STICK TO DV NOT DVD AND LOOK AT SONYS ENTRY LEVEL MINI DVS THERE BEST KNOWN FOR LOW LIGHT RECORDINGS.

GOOD LUCK
ROB

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