The dawn of 2005 has brought a raft of MiniDV camcorders that offer easy operation at prices clustering around $500.
The dawn of 2005 has brought a raft of coat pocket-size MiniDV camcorders that offer easy operation at street prices clustering around $500. The $510 Panasonic PV-GS35 boasts a 30x zoom, 95 minutes of battery life and a sleep mode that uses half the battery power of "On."
You can find incredibly sophisticated features in today's compact camcorders, but you can't have them all in any one $500 model. For $550, Canon's new Elura 80 records detail and nuance in low-light settings.
Sony's new $500 DCR-HC42 has a flip-out screen that allows you to see more of your picture when filming in wide-screen. At the touch of a button, the screen restores a traditional square picture with vertical bars on either side.