Camcorder recommendation request

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by 147798, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Can anyone recommend a camcorder that fits the following needs:

    • At least 10X zoom
    • Reasonable low-light handling at telephoto end (doesn't have to be best in class, but I do want it to find focus)
    • 16:9 output support (could be standard def 16:9. I don't need (nor actually want) HD, but I prefer the 16:9 format)
    • video quality at least as good as a digicam. Prefer better, if possible.
    • Small (pocket-sized is helpful)
    • Good ergonomics / control (so the Canon TX1 is not a front contender -- very difficult to work with)
    • Cheap (I am not expecting to keep this a long time, so I don't want to sink a lot of bucks into it -- would be willing to go $300, but would love to be under)
    • NOT DVD, and would prefer to avoid Mpeg-2. But HDD, SD, DV tape are all OK.
    • image stabilization

    Because I don't use dedicated camcorders with any frequency, I'd love one that uses AA batteries so I don't have to worry about charging a proprietary battery, but I don't think AA powered camcorders exist. I mainly use my digicams (currently Canon a650) for videos, but my daughter is in the Nutcracker in December, and I am afraid my digicam just won't cut it for this. I'm awaiting the Panny G1, but it won't be out in time, so I'm looking for a short-term fix.

    My "ideal" for this need would be a US$300, std def 16:9, DV tape, 15 or 20X zoom w/IS, and AA battery camera, but I doubt such a thing exists. Anyone know any that come close??
  2. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    I doubt any AA battery powered ones exist, not enough juice.

    I would check for camera reviews and if you find one close to what you need, see if you can get a used one off ebay or something.

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