Recommendations for camcorder

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by hicks, May 17, 2006.

  1. hicks

    hicks Guest

    I'm looking for a good camcorder. It will get relatively light use, but
    I do want a good picture quality. It will be used to record family
    holidays etc. I don't require it to have lots of features. DV in
    capability isn't required.
    I'm interested in the Sony DCR-HC94, since it has a 3 Megapixel CCD.
    Can anyone comment on this model, or suggest alternatives in the price
    range £300 - £450. The cheapest price I could find for the HC94 is

    hicks, May 17, 2006
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    Grumps Guest

    I think this group is a little quiet if you want lots of response!
    But I can offer my experience.
    It's been about 10 years since I bought a camcorder. My old trusty Hi8 Sony
    needs a rest. So, on various recommendations, I bought an HC96 - I really
    did want DV-in and pass-thru. Coupled with Premiere Elements, it all runs
    very smoothly.
    Only having used an 'old' machine, I was impressed with the capabilities
    indoors. Images are far less grainy, and it has night-shot and a super
    version of this too. You can get a more technically detailed review on
    I haven't yet tested the stills abilities, but it's only 3MP, so it's not
    going to be astonishing, but it may do for those times where carrying two
    devices is a pain.
    It uses a docking station for connectivity to your PC (1394 & USB). Svideo
    can use the d.station too. DC input can be direct to the camcorder when you
    don't want to carry the (small) station with you.
    It's pretty much all touch screen, which I personally really like.
    Zoom is smooth, auto-focus seems sharp and quick.

    One annoying 'fault' is that there is considerable motor noise during
    playback and recording. Some of this gets onto your tape. This would appear
    to be common with a lot of the HC series units, and other manufacturers
    suffer too in their compact camcorders. If you're going to record in a quiet
    environment then you will hear it. Of course, it could be a faulty unit (I'm
    going to check tomorrow), but there are lots of web based reports concerning

    You can get the HC96 less than £450 too. But the cheapest place may not be
    the best.
    Grumps, Jun 6, 2006
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    Grumps Guest

    If anyone is listening, I road tested two camcorders (HC44 and HC94) today.
    Both make the audible whine. This is a Sony design fault; but they will not
    admit it.
    Grumps, Jun 7, 2006
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