Looking for a quick starting digital camera for making good videos

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Castor Nageur, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Hi all,

    I would to get some advices from you about digital cameras for filming

    Here are the features I am looking for:

    * the camera must start as quick as possible
    * I want it to make some high quality videos (not HD, just HQ)
    * I don't care about the number of pixels and I am even interested in some
    old end-of-series models (which are usually cheaper)
    * light and compact so it can fit in my pockets
    * robust
    * I plan to spend between $100 and $400

    Thanks in advance for advising me.
    Castor Nageur, Aug 1, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    Panasonic G2 can now be had for about $350.00 on discount.
    RichA, Aug 3, 2011
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    Irwell Guest

    The Panasonic G2 is a bit too big to fit in a pocket,
    otherwise a good buy, depending on the lens that it comes with.
    Irwell, Aug 3, 2011
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    Rich Guest

    Well, Panasonic LX5 would be a good second choice.
    Rich, Aug 4, 2011
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    DanP Guest

    Most current compacts will do.
    You are spoiled for choice.

    DanP, Aug 4, 2011
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    Martin Brown Guest

    Is low light an issue? If so choose something with a fast lens.

    One thing that often isn't mentioned is that these small still cameras
    when acting as a video recorder tend to have abnormally brutal automatic
    gain control on the audio channel (and so prone to wind noise and
    cocktail party syndrome in a crowd). And be sure that you can handle it
    well enough to take steady video with it. I find physically very small
    cameras are harder to keep still than full size gear. YMMV

    Ixus are hard to beat in terms of pocketability and taking reasonable
    video at 720p. I would not consider anything less than 720p at this
    stage in the game HD is the way forward and 4:3 screens will get rarer.

    Martin Brown
    Martin Brown, Aug 4, 2011
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