Thin HD Camcorders that work iMovie/mac?

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  1. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    I'm interested in the Sanyo HD800 , which is apparently compatible with imovie '09, but it's only sold in Japan!

    It's only 5 ounces and very skinny, and has a really nice form-factor, takes great pictures and movies and is less than $400. Since it's only sold in Japan, does anyone know any similar HD camcorders with similar form-factor, quality, and iMovie '09/mac compatibility.

    I just want to make sure the camcorder I get won't have any problems working with iMovie.
     
  2. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    No, only the thick ones will work. They are more bad-ass, and will also complement your thin-as-a-knife Mac better.
     
  3. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but I specifically don't want a thick camcorder. I'd like a small hd camcorder for travel and to also double as a digital camera, but I just want to make sure it works with iMovie.
     
  4. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    I hope you realized I wasn't exactly being serious... :rolleyes:
     
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    I did see that, and the Sanyo HD800 was listed for '09, but I was wondering if any other slim HD camcorders would possibly work even if they weren't listed. I could purchase a Sanyo 800 for a cheap price, but it was only sold in Japan. Should I be concerned or just go for it? It's iMovie compatible after all.
     
  6. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Haha, I thought you were :cool:
     
  7. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    [​IMG]

    (Just kidding! :D)
     
  8. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    can anyone recommend a good slim, hd camcorder/camera combo?
     
  9. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Lol, I already said I found a cheap HD800... those prices are outrageous.
     
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    Kodak Zi6

    I picked up a refurbished Kodak Zi6 for $99 at Amazon. So far, it seems to work fine with iMovie and Final Cut Express. You can chose to shoot in 720p with either 60 or 30 fps. There is also a still photo and vga option. The file type shows up as .mov when you bring it into the Mac. I believe it is H.264 format.

    Here is a short, crappy handheld video of my dog Cody. He was almost too tired to wag his tail after a week at dog camp while I was traveling. :) I think I shot this in the 720p 30 fps mode. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk72O4REBbo
     
  11. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I read that the Sanyo Cg10 works well with iMovie, so I think I'll go with that.
     
  12. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Cheap? No way! The HD800 will be $1400, when it's released. It's said to sound amazing, though.

    :eek:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Lol, good job at the sarcasm. :eek:
     
  14. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, sorry. But as I understood from your posts, you had indeed found a relatively cheap HD800, but it would only be shipped within Japan. Therefore, I searched for places that would ship anywhere. But if 'your' place actually does ship to the US, then I'd say go for it. If it really works with iMovie '09, what could go wrong?
     
  15. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'll tell you what could go wrong. It was an ebay auction at a great price, I emailed the seller a question, and an hour after I got a good response someone bought it using 'buy it now'! :eek:

    Note: it was newly listed, and was sold within 12 hours!
     
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  17. Unprocessed1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, oh well though, I don't really need it right now anyway. Would rather save up for an Apple LEd Cinema Display and put it in my dorm :D
     

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