Vedeo camera for 11 year old

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by phillean, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. phillean

    phillean Guest

    I am looking at a second hand digital video camera for an 11 year old, I
    need features like external microphone jack (and analogue in would be good).

    I found a Sony DC TRV340 at a good price, I know it uses Digital 8 rather
    than mini dv, but it seems to be a better vamera than the bottom of the
    range Canons or Panasonics which are the alternative choices.

    Any comments?

    Thanks
    Phil
     
    phillean, Jun 3, 2004
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    Clay Smith Guest


    I'm sorry, I can't help you with your question. But I just wanted to
    say that, as a parent, you kick ass.


    Clay
     
    Clay Smith, Jun 4, 2004
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    twobirds Guest

    Just got one of my kids (12yrs) a TRV-140. It doesn't have the external mic
    jack, but the sound isn't too bad. It has already survived a couple of
    pretty good bumps and a roll down a grassy hill. I've held a 340 a couple
    of times and it seems to be about an identicle build to the 140, but perhaps
    a bit heavier.
     
    twobirds, Jun 4, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    Although no mic jack on the Sharp VL-Z3U (only the Z5U/Z7U), these were
    blowing out on amazon.com months ago for ~$150-180 After rebates. (see
    www.fatwallet.com/forums/ thread) probably could get one dirt-cheap on
    ebay.com

    eg. see this pawn shop auction currently at $152 for the Z5U

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=64334&item=3819343575&rd=1

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    microcenter.com stores for open-box markdowns. Usually can get 20-40%
    off camcorders this way.

    eg. latest Sony HC-40 model at $520-ish on markdown.

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    fry's electronics sales in CA often have dirt-cheap digital 8 camcorders
    for <$200 easy.

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    David Chien, Jun 4, 2004
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    Pete D Guest

    I have a TRV-320 and it is a great choice for what you want to do. I also
    use a shotgun mike, 2 x and 0.6 x adapters, get a tripod and encourage the
    11 year old to use it, I use a fluid head Bogan?Manfrotto.

    Get a bigger battery and a small light as well.

    : I am looking at a second hand digital video camera for an 11 year old, I
    : need features like external microphone jack (and analogue in would be
    good).
    :
    : I found a Sony DC TRV340 at a good price, I know it uses Digital 8 rather
    : than mini dv, but it seems to be a better vamera than the bottom of the
    : range Canons or Panasonics which are the alternative choices.
    :
    : Any comments?
    :
    : Thanks
    : Phil
    :
    :
     
    Pete D, Jun 4, 2004
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  6. phillean

    phillean Guest

    thanks to everyone who replied

    We bought the second hand Sony TRV 340 and are very pleased with the quality
    of the images and its features.

    We are in Australia so prices and options are a little different from the US
    and Canada, a higher end straight DV camera was not an option - to expensive
    for the purpose.

    We have good tripod, I discovered after I bought it that it is Chinese copy
    a Manfrotto, next to get a lapel mike and another battery, then maybe a
    shotgun mike.

    Phil

    Yes next an external microphone
     
    phillean, Jun 6, 2004
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