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What's a good HD Camcorder?

by coldReactive-234616612897 / May 18, 2011 6:07 AM PDT

That doesn't need software to download the pictures from the device, and preferably has no built-in HDD (but it doesn't matter), but has great image-stabilization (I have shaky hands.) And At least 10x Optical Zoom, and must accept up to 32GB SDHC or equiv. Should have good still pictures, and must perform well in both low-light and high-light situations, yet not be too big in size or price. And at least 720p.

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What's a good HD camcorder
by whoozhe / May 27, 2011 11:31 AM PDT

Here is a suggestion. Instead of a camcorder and look instead at the newer HD digital photo cameras.
A great choice is a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera which cost anywhere between $250 and several thousand dollars.
The beauty of these newer cameras is not only can they be used for a point and shoot still camera but can be set from fully automatic to fully manual and shoot amazing video. You get the best of both worlds.
Transferring your work to a computer is as easy as connecting the camera to an USB port and simply drag and drop, copy or moving using any file manager after which you can work on the video.
Do some Net searching on these cameras.
I bought a Fujifilm HS20EXR which is a 16 megapixel still camera and can shoot up to 1920X1080 Full HD video. One can even take a still photo during recording. The one thing I love about this camera is it can take a 360 degree panoramic photo with one click. It comes with a 58mm wide angle zoom lens which allows one to add filters. I have a polaroid filter on it all the time.
Ranting on a bit here but I do recommend buying one of these multi task SLR cameras. They do everything a camcorder and a still camera does all in one unit.

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Image Stabilzation
by coldReactive-234616612897 / May 27, 2011 2:04 PM PDT

But do they have extremely good image stabilization for my shaky hands?

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Image Stablization
by whoozhe / May 28, 2011 5:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Image Stabilzation

Yes. Remember though that stablisation in cameras only compensates for minor movement.When zoom is used a tripod is essential for any user.
I am disabled so I too have to compensate for movement. What I like about my camera is by pushing down the shoot button half way it automatically saves all the settings ready for shooting that one shot.
One tip is if you have some problem with movement try holding the camera upside down. You will find that the main part of the camera body can rest against your forehead and use the camera's eye viewer in preference to the LCD one.
I also use a velcro strap attached to the camera and wrap it around my left (non preferable) arm if I need to use the LCD viewer. Then rest my arm on something more stable like my walking stick.
Maybe I should sit down and design something better. Now there is an opportunity.

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Very Nice Camcorder
by FiOS-Dave / May 27, 2011 4:28 PM PDT

I have been using a Panasonic HDC-SD9 since it came out and it will do everything you need
and more! By now the price has dropped considerably, which should make it a bargain.
Search it out using Bing or Google and then do the same to find a good price.

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Again, Image Stabilization
by coldReactive-234616612897 / May 27, 2011 8:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Very Nice Camcorder

As I said above:

"But do they have extremely good image stabilization for my shaky hands?"

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What's a good HD Camcorder?
by SteelMage / May 28, 2011 2:12 AM PDT

Many Camcorders offer a feature call "Optical image stabilization" or "Digital image Stabilization". This feature is designed to help over come camera movement and blury images due to rapid movement or shaky hands during filming. I recommend reviewing the spec's to see what brand and price range offers this feature and make your selection on the models that offer the stabalization feature. Stabalization works better on some cameras than others so read the user reviews to see what users experiences. I know Sony offers stabalization of some of it's camera's. I sure other brands due to. Hope this helps.

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JVC Is pretty good
by coldReactive-234616612897 / May 28, 2011 9:02 AM PDT

It's been around for ages, and was the first brand to offer the consumer camcorder, they have some pretty good camcorders, including good still shots. I think I may go for them.

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by FiOS-Dave / May 28, 2011 10:21 AM PDT

The Panasonic I mentioned does have a rather good image stabilization feature and it is easily accessible from the left-side control panel with a single button press.

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Price drop?
by coldReactive-234616612897 / May 28, 2011 2:29 PM PDT
In reply to: O.I.S.

999.95 USD is pretty expensive for a price drop. Might stick with JVC.

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