Looking for a budget camcorder for home video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Shivani, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. Shivani

    Shivani Guest

    I'm looking for a basic camcorder for less than 600$. I need it for
    home-video and my requirements are very basic:

    - Should have a good zoom

    - Video quality should be sharp

    - Good video quality under low light (Indoor and night video)

    I already have a digital camera so I don't need the camcorder to be
    good at taking still pictures.

    I'm inclined towards SONY HC30 and the 3CCD panasonic camcorder. Any
    other suggestions? ANy other models?
    Shivani, Apr 4, 2005
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  2. "Shivani" wrote ...
    What do you consider a "good zoom"?? 5 to 1, 10 to 1, 20 to 1 ???? And
    what part does actual focal length play in your decision? A 10 to 1 zoom
    can be short telephoto to long telephoto, or normal to tele, or wide angle
    to tele. In my opionion the zooms on most consumer camcorders could stand
    having a wider "wide angle" setting, but most folks seem fixated on how much
    telephoto they can get.
    Again, what do you consider "sharp"? That's like asking "I want to buy a
    car that will go fast"
    Richard Amirault, Apr 4, 2005
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  3. One might generally expect a 3CCD camcorder to have a better picture than a
    single CCD camcorder. I have several single CCD one's here, all different
    makes and models Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, etc. and the picture is fine
    considering, again they are single CCD. All our 3CCD camcorder's - Sony,
    Canon and Panasonic have a better picture quality. Personally I was glad to
    see Panasonic bring out a few 3CCD models with lower prices.
    Digital Video Solutions, Apr 7, 2005
  4. Shivani

    Rich Guest

    I wouldn't touch a Panasonic Camcorder with a bargepole. I would be
    concerned about any 3 chip camcorder that costs less than $600.

    For home video stuff get the best 1 chip camcorder you can, aim for Sony
    or JVC models.
    Rich, Apr 8, 2005
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