Looking To Buy A Cheap 'n' Cheerful First Time Camcorder

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by duncyboy, May 25, 2008.

  1. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    As the weather's taken a lovely turn here for a while we've found ourselves in the back garden with my nephews most nights having a whale of a time. The thought of buying a camcorder has been hovering for a while but we were frolicking the other night and I thought "It's a shame we haven't got this on camera."

    Add to that the fact that my sister is due to give birth to a 3rd nephew or 1st niece any day now and I've decided to take the plunge.

    I've narrowed it down to these three offers/cameras:




    I know they're all Samsung but that's because I found the best deals on their cameras. I'm not after a stunning unit here. What I do want is:

    Overall good sound and picture quality

    Flexibility between indoors and outdoors use: switching from sunny back garden with kids tearing around to indoors with bambino is a must

    iMac compatibility- it has to integrate well with iMovie etc

    Now, I know at that budget I'm at the bottom of the ladder and shouldn't expect miracles and I honestly don't. I've plumped for the "cheap" option with digital cameras, my TV etc and I know it doesn't necessarily mean losing out. A robust camcorder with good picture and sound for general family moments is great by me.

    Any advice, alternatives or review sites would be welcome.

    Thanks for any advice anyone can give :)
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If you want to edit your video, then you need mini DV and FireWire. Each of your candidates use mini DV. This is a good thing. There is no indication that any of your candidates have FireWire ports. This is a bad thing.

    My suggestion to you is to research the models that you are considering on their manufacturers' websites. Then find the honest vendor with the best price.
  3. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    I think the Flip Video is rather interesting - there's a detailed video review here.

    It only has a USB connection - but is easy to use, and apparently does very well in low light, like indoors. The video is supposedly high quality too, I don't know if would match what you've been looking at, but if portability (and simplicity) is important then it might be worth considering.
  4. duncyboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    The Samsung 381 doesn't have Firewire, the rest do so I'll avoid that one.

    That's an interesting little camera- might remember that as a present for my sister, but it's not really what I'm after. It looks good but it saves movies as AVI which doesn't go well with iMovie without some tinkering so I think I'll stick with miniDV cameras.

    Cheers anyway :)
  5. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006

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