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    Default Help, I need a new video camera(GDG)

    We need a new camera. It's been a long time since I've done any kind of research so I was hoping to shorten the learning curve by asking for help here. Main use will be to capture the various kid activities, vacations, etc ,but I may carry it to the deer stand once in a while. Want zoom but don't need anything crazy, do want stabilization, and prefer an SD memory compatibility. Other than that I don't really even know what features I should be looking for. Probably try to keep it under $400 less if possible but open to any suggestions at this point.
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    Sony Handycam has worked well for me. The newer ones are HD of course. I have one that I paid about $150. But if you look on Amazon.com you will see that they have all price ranges.

    Evan recommends Cannon Vixia (sp?).

    I am going to upgrade soon to a HD. And I would like one where you can attach a sun filter.

    I have used my Sony Handycam in the deer blind with some good success. As with any videoing it is best done off a tripod.

    My model number is DCR SX-40 but it has been replaced by newer models.

    Edit: Oops it was $253. See below link for more info on video cameras.
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    Thanks, didn't see the other thread though.
    I'm looking at these two but not sure if its "too much camera", any thoughts?
    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA-Im...I32LACJRGARHN7
    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-CX260...=IO8BXXJDVKGBW
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    We have a Cannon like the one you listed. It has served us well. We have used it for recording some youth baseball games and dog training/trials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achiro View Post
    Thanks, didn't see the other thread though.
    I'm looking at these two but not sure if its "too much camera", any thoughts?
    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA-Im...I32LACJRGARHN7
    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-CX260...=IO8BXXJDVKGBW
    My first thought is "No such thing as too much camera". Sony is making a couple of models now with more sophisticated image stabilization (Balanced Optical Steadyshot) but even so I would really recommend using a tripos and getting one with a fluid dampened head which will really smooth out your pans. Also, don't forget that the zoom rating (30X for instance) is likely to be misleading. It is stating the range from the widest wide angle to the longest telephoto. To determine the actual magnification you need to look at the specifications where it should tell you the 35mm equivalent lens length. You want to divide the largest number (in the case of the Sony 894mm) by 50 (35mm camera lens length which has no effect on perspective), which gives you an actual magnification of just under 18X which is pretty good, but no where near the 30X they claim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    Sony Handycam has worked well for me. The newer ones are HD of course. I have one that I paid about $150. But if you look on Amazon.com you will see that they have all price ranges.

    Evan recommends Cannon Vixia (sp?).
    Canon Vixia is a line of cameras with numerous models; all good buys for the money. You can get used ones well within your budget, and some new ones depending on model. True HD, and amazingly versatile. I've shot lots of video with several models, and would be happy to answer questions about any you're looking at. I can also suggest aftermarket items that may improve the quality of the footage you shoot.

    Boy, is Harry ever right! There is no such thing as "too much camera"!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Canon Vixia is a line of cameras with numerous models; all good buys for the money. You can get used ones well within your budget, and some new ones depending on model. True HD, and amazingly versatile. I've shot lots of video with several models, and would be happy to answer questions about any you're looking at. I can also suggest aftermarket items that may improve the quality of the footage you shoot.

    Boy, is Harry ever right! There is no such thing as "too much camera"!!!

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    Sorry. I was in a hurry when I posted earlier. I thought you were someone else. However, the salient point is that you were correct.

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    I should explain my comment. I want to spend as little as possible and get the features I want and need for the intended purposes. I don't want to pay an extra $200 for a feature I'll never use or need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achiro View Post
    I should explain my comment. I want to spend as little as possible and get the features I want and need for the intended purposes. I don't want to pay an extra $200 for a feature I'll never use or need.
    Then Canon Vixia is a great choice for you. Most models in that line are point & shoot, consumer-level cameras. They just happen to take a great full high def image.

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