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Advice Wanted: Digital Movie Camera

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Chango2, Oct 15, 2009.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Hi,

    Wife and I were at Costco tonight..saw the digital "handy cams" etc. We are taking a trip to the Orient next spring, and would like to have a camera to take along. I "know from nothing" about these small digital movie cameras; I did see one Sony with a 120 gig hardrive etc. But what brand, configuration, etc., should I look for?

    I believe trapshooters are also "good at" knowing cars and gadgets..as a group, anyway.

    Thanks and any advice much appreciated,

    David
     
  2. Sigraph

    Sigraph TS Member

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    Not sure how they operate, but consumer reports lists the following as their top pics.

    Standard Definition:
    Canon DC410 - $275
    Canon ZR960 - $250
    Samsung SMX-F34 - $300

    High Definition:
    Canon VIXIA HV40 - $800
    Canon VIXIA HF S10 - $1300
    Canon VIXIA HF S100 - $1000
    Sony HDR-XR500V - $1300
    Sony HDR-CX100 - $500

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  3. mixer

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    Spend the extra $$$ for a high def camera. The resolution difference is well worth the expense.


    Eric
     
  4. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Mixer...are you a cement man or a sound mixer? I figured if the latter, you see all kinds of video stuff from slightly afar. Thanks to you and sigraph..I no longer subscribe to Consumer's Reports 'cause have most of the stuff I "need"...but this time, needed info. Any other advice from any others greatly appreciated.
     
  5. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Chango2,

    I'm a sound mixer and work with all types of video cameras from $1,000 consumer to $150,000+ professional cameras. HD is the way to go. Standard Definition cameras will be a thing of the past in less than a year as will linear tape. If you really want to spend some serious money for an HD cam then I would seriously recomend the Sony EX3 Cinealta, street price is $8500.

    Eric
     
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