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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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What camcorder should I buy?


I'm thinking of buying a camcorder and can't for the life of me understand which one to get.


1. It needs to work with iMovie '11, flawlessly. I mean, I don't want to spend my time converting every file, and I don't want endless importing times, and I definately don't want laggy or CPU-heavy editing. I don't understand which file format it should support, some say AVCHD and some say H.264, but what I understand those are the same since AVCHD is encoded in H.264. Wtf.

2. Not cost more than 500 dollars, preferably not more than 350.

3. Be able to record 1080p (I will mostly use it for Youtube, but I still want it to be somewhat future proof).

4. Be good, nice reviews and so forth.

What I've managed to find is that I need the camcorder to be able to record in h.264 formats. I've previously recorded via my iPhone 5 and my HD webcam (via Quicktime) so both of them export in h.264, right?

The problem is that all product specifications say that AVCHD and h.264 are the same thing. How do I find a reasonably priced camcorder which records and exports in this format? I just want to eject the SDHC-card, insert it in the mac, and just edit away in imovie with ease.

Anyone with personal experience of what works? Thanks alot!

Last edited by danielwerner; Nov 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM.
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