Which new camcorder should I get?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Bemidjiboy, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2013
    I'm upgrading the electronics in the entire house (!) and this includes a new camcorder for home videos. I've used a Sony Handycam with an internal hard drive in the past and I think I'd like a camcorder with the SD cards now. I assume they would transfer faster into a new computer. Is that right? I was looking at something like the Canon Vixia: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA-Image-Stabilized-Camcorder/dp/B006UMMPMI Any thoughts on camcorder or, for that matter, which Mac to pair it with for efficient iMovie editing?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    I think you have done your research and the market is so saturated with choice. The model you looking at, is the same as i use but my version is a Sony.
    It is always best to go to a shop and have a look at a camcorder instead of buying from the internet blind. Dont buy second hand camcorders.
    Panasonic are also good.
    For fun yours is o.k but check on Apple web site if it supports your model.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    I will add that no matter what camera you purchase, make sure that the battery can be upgraded and to a good size with the benefit of another brand other than Canon or Sony per se.

    My moms camera can only accept the Canon and only a 2 hr. battery which sucks if they are out walking around and need just a bit more.

    I have in the past went to my local camera shop and brought a SD card with me, recorded a few minutes of footage and then went home to test it out (the card). Some had good colors and were pretty steady and a few really needed help with one or both areas. Also test out the built-in mic and see how that is. I know my new Sony is miles ahead of my Canon unit I had so for family events if I really don't want to bring or even have my external mic it's fine.

    Good luck!
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    I agree with the Artful Dodger about testing. When I do that I also test the ability of the camera to maintain focus while panning and zooming. Testing will also allow you the opportunity to see if your comp and software can handle files from that camera.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2010
    I have one of the canon vixias. I forget which model. It works great but I never use it. I just wind up taking video with my still camera or even with my phone. But I do like the canon.
  6. macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    That's a great quality camcorder, the S20 is good and the G10 is even better
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    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
  8. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Another vote for the HF G10. 30mm almost-wideangle (which is VERY uncommon in this price category) and huuuuuuge pixels meaning great low-light performance.


    Note that

    - AVCHD reocrdings can directly be imported into iMovie

    - you can still quickly remux them into MP4's via iVI or ClipWrap.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2012
    Atlanta GA
  10. Zwhaler, Mar 11, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    I didn't know about that. My vote for OP would definitely be the G20!

    Here's one of my videos showing the G10 in low light

    Another showing it in good light (first 3 short clips are on the S20, the interview segment in the Porsche racing shop was shot with G10)
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2007
    I just bought the m500.


    You can save yourself some cash by buying this over the m50. They are the same camera, the only difference is the m500 does not have any internal memory or wifi.

    It works great in low light. Only thing I don't like about it is, I wish it zoomed out a little bit more. I find I have to take a step or 2 back to include everything. I'll take great low light performance over this.

    check out http://www.camcorderinfo.com/ratings.htm?type=Basic+Budget
  12. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    The Achilles' heel of cheap cameras is the lack of a (semi-)wideangle lens. If a camera is not explicitly stated to have a wideangle lens by the manufacturers, it generally starts at around 38-40mm equiv.

    Unfortunately, prosumer cameras with considerably wider lens cost significantly more. For example, the $1100 HF G20 starts at 30.4mm. It's still much narrower than the 24mm of many P&S cameras (or the 28mm wideangle of most DSLR kit lens) but the IQ is much better in most other respects than that of any still cameras, except for maybe the Panasonic GH series. (But nothing else.)
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    I hope you done your research and it is compatible with you're editing software?.
    Zoom is not everything.

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