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Recommend a HD Camcorder
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#1 Posted : Friday, March 18, 2011 8:10:07 AM(UTC)
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Can anybody recommend me a good HD camcorder? I'd like to switch to a SDHC card from a DV cassette that I'm using with my GL2 now. it is very annoying to spend the same amount of time after recording to grab the file. Instead it would be much better and faster to copy it from the SDHC Card. HD is critical. GL2 is not HD and, although it has excellent picture quality, it's little old for nowdays. Also I'd like to keep using a good optical magnification. GL2 provides 30X and I use it a lot. I spent some time looking for VIXIA, but then decided to ask others. I have read that VIXIA has a very good quality, but it's a small camcorder. It should be convenient, but small sensor assumes that the quality cannot be better than we'd be using a bigger sensor, because of difraction, etc. So any idea would be greatly appreciated.
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 6, 2011 8:15:10 AM(UTC)
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I agree the transfer to the computer would be much faster than using the miniDV HD tapes. The Canon VIXIA HD camcorders do have good reviews and have good specs. One that I’ve focused on was the Canon VIXIA HF M300. For a cost of about $350, you get quite a good camcorder.
Pros: Full HD quality using the high speed Class 4 or higher SDHD cards. 15X zoom. Jacks for using external mics. High speed transfer of video files from card to computer. Image stabilization using optical lens shifting. Variable speed zoom plus 3 fixed speeds.
Cons: No eyepiece for viewing video in bright sunlight. Small image sensor and lens. No hotshoe for video light, but you could carry an independent video light.

I think a camcorder like the M300 is definitely worth the money. My only concern is that shooting outside in bright daylight will be somewhat frustrating not knowing just what you are shooting. The Canon VIXIA HF M41, however, does have a viewfinder in addition to the LCD flip-out screen, but its cost is twice that of the M300. It also uses the SDHC cards, and its zoom is only 10x, but the LCD screen is a bit larger. So it is a tough choice between these two. If I went with the M300, I'd plan on using a hat or small shade screen over the LCD screen to block the sun.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, August 6, 2011 4:33:19 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for sharing such valuable information about camcorder. This w'd surely help me in my Photography profession.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:30:16 AM(UTC)
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I quite like the Sony range. Like the Sony Z5 or the Sony Z1. :) x
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, December 7, 2011 3:19:21 AM(UTC)
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I quite like the Sony range. Like the Sony Z5 or the Sony Z1. :) x

A few days ago, actually on Black Friday d'oh! I bought Panasonic SD90. Before I did that I spent some time on the Internet searching for different camcorders, their ratings, etc. I can say that I'm not disappointed. SD90 is a great camcorder. Although it's pretty small, it produces excellent picture and it's very convenient to carry it everywhere.
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#6 Posted : Sunday, December 11, 2011 6:13:53 PM(UTC)
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Panasonic SD90


I got a very good chance to test my new camcorder yesterday recording my son's school concert sitting in a middle of a dark concert hall and using a monopod for my exercises. Surprisingly the camcorder did great. I got a very stable, bright and sharp picture. It was even more interesting because I saw many people sitting closer to the scene and shooting with their camcorders. Not even close! Their images were blurring, with white dim, color noise especially noticeable at the dark parts of their frames, etc. I didn't see anything like that on my camcorder screen while shooting. And the same nice picture appeared when I copied the footage from SDHC to my computer when I got back home. The 60p mode is unbelievable! I was also surprised with absolutely sharp borders between white dress of the musicians and very dark background even when they were moving on the scene. It's a mystery for me how Panasonic did that keeping in mind a small size of this camcorder and optical effects like diffraction that should be there. Even the maximum optical magnification was great. Sadly for me, this "toy" shoots even better than my Canon GL2 camcorder that I bought several years ago and already used to record several dozens of tapes. The progress is very obvious. Of course, GL2 has a lot of other features being a semi-professional large camcorder with a large lens outside and fluorite lens inside. But for a small Panasonic SD90 for its price the quality is unbeatable. I'm pretty sure now that I made the right choice first reading on the Internet and searching for the best camcorder of this particular size and price range before I bought this model.
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