What's a good camcorder?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by thesdx, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. thesdx macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking for an inexpensive (under $300) camcorder that's easy to use, has nice video quality, and is Mac-friendly. I'd rather not have to deal with flash cards, so a DV or hard disk cam with FireWire would be best. Any recommendations?
     
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    im saving for a hv-20 supposed to be about the best in its class.
     
  3. ftaok macrumors 601

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    For $300, you're looking exclusively at miniDV, unless you get a great deal or buy used. Also, I don't think there are any HDD camcorders that have Firewire, but that's neither here nor there.

    Try finding a Canon Elura 100. It's discontinued, but you might be able to find one somewhere. They were selling for $380 or so when current. You might be able to get one around $300 if you can find it.

    Also, you might be able to get a nice Panasonic 3CCD model for around that price range ... well maybe a little more, say $350 to $400. I think the Panny is called the GS320 or something.

    Check out the reviews at camcorderinfo.com
     
  4. marioman38 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed... Elura 100... If you can save up, the HV20 is one awesome camcorder!
     
  5. lorductape macrumors 6502

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    if you go hard drive or miniDVD you will live to regret it
     
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    yes you will. i learned that the hard way.

    i'd stick with a Canon though
     
  7. jbosing macrumors newbie

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    Why did the last two people nix hard drives and miniDVD?
     
  8. marioman38 macrumors 6502a

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    Mini-DV is still the industry standard, you'll run in to many issues trying to convert DVD or Harddrive, in to a format easily editable in iMovie/FCP... Most DVD and HD cams don't even have a firewire port to transfer the video. Go for mini-dv.
     
  9. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    b/c for one, they aren't "mac-friendly".
     
  10. fart macrumors regular

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    if you can stretch your $300 to $500 or $800, go for an HV-10 (cheapest decent HDV, no?) or the HV-20/HC-Whatever.

    IMHO, there is zero reason to invest anything in standard definition at this point.
     
  11. hauss316H macrumors member

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    im looking to upgrade my hi8 sony dcr-trv250 to something that does better quality video. i dont want to jump into the HD stuff yet because its too expensive and there isnt a demand for it yet. anyone have any recommendations? I would like it to have really good night vision like the camera i have now, duh mac supported, and looking to spend nothing more than about $500.
     
  12. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Actually, with iMovie'08, they are Mac-friendly. Well, with the DVD camcorders, just make sure you don't stick the DVD in the Mac if it has a slot-loading drive.

    Still, I'd go with miniDV.
     
  13. jolton macrumors member

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    The canon hv20 has been spectacular. Granted I mainly use it to film my family and son but really phenomenal film quality.
     
  14. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah i know, but the one have doesn't make very good quality videos either. it's one of the first sony minidvd ones
     

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