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I'm looking at purchasing a digital camcorder. What do you look for in one? I'm not talking a huge expensive purchase. Something entry level is more up my alley. Any help would be greatly apreciated. Thanks in advace.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 05:26 PM
 
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When looking at a digital you need to decide on your format. The following are avaiable:
Mini DVD
MicroMV
Digital 8
Mini DV

Of those I have listed the microMV has been pretty much discontinued, only Sony supported it and it was one of the most expensive.

Mini DVD is up and coming and in the medium price range.

Digital8 is one of the least expensive and is more of a hybrid. It also will have the lowest video quality and will be slightly larger than most other formats.

The Mini DV is the most supported format out there. All the manufactures use this type and will be one of the least expensive.

I would say go with Mini DV. You will need to decide what price you want to stay in. When looking at features get the most optical NOT digital zoom you can. Also the better lens will cost more, try to make sure you get one that is glass not plastic. Certain types like the Carl Zeiss lens(found on Sony's) will reduce glare.
Other features such as "Night Shot" which takes pictures in No light sound great and most manufactures offer some version of this. But honestly this feature will film in black and white or black and green. Great if you want to see what someone is doing in the dark but not great for making movies. I would recommend one with a built-in light but this is not mandatory since you can get a camcorder with a hot shoe and add a light.
Things to plan on getting:
An extra battery, this is a must.
A bag to keep and transport everything in.
A tripod, until you use one you won't believe how handy they are.
Of course extra tapes.
If you plan on editing get a good program for your computer.
Get the extended warranty if offered. Why do I say this, because these things need periodic cleaning, tapes can get jammed, and they run about $80 dollars an hour to work on.
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camcorder info

a decent site for rating and researching products...
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I have a brand new Canon ZR65MC MiniDV Digital, only used it two times.... I bought a HelmetCam for it (my main reason for the camcorder was to shoot footage on the bike) but it’s so hard to turn it on and off while riding, plus the camcorder is in a tank bag so I don't have easy access to the power button, since I’m filming via Helmetcam – problem is this model doesn’t have the port for the external power switch…which came with the helmetcam and would make filming easier, so I’m getting the ZR70 before the big trip out west.


I’m selling it cheap… let me know if you are interested.



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I have a brand new Canon ZR65MC MiniDV Digital, only used it two times.... I bought a HelmetCam for it (my main reason for the camcorder was to shoot footage on the bike) but it’s so hard to turn it on and off while riding, plus the camcorder is in a tank bag, since I’m filming via Helmetcam – problem is this model doesn’t have the port for the external power switch… so I’m getting the ZR70 before the big trip out west.


I’m selling it cheap… let me know if you are interested.

I have a brand new Canon ZR65MC MiniDV Digital, only used it two times.... I bought a HelmetCam for it (my main reason for the camcorder was to shoot footage on the bike) but it’s so hard to turn it on and off while riding, plus the camcorder is in a tank bag, since I’m filming via Helmetcam – problem is this model doesn’t have the port for the external power switch… so I’m getting the ZR70 before the big trip out west.



I’m selling it cheap… let me know if you are interested.
that camcorder is rated up there on that site i posted... #1 best value...
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Hey, thanks for all the good advice!! Anna, check your PM.

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So, what's a Hi8??

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smaller version of the 8mm tapes.

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