which camcorder?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Andy, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Andy

    Andy Guest

    I will be buying my first digital camcorder soon.
    I have been checking various models on the internet and narrowed it down to
    two camcorders which are within my budget.

    1. Panasonic NV GS300
    http://www.camerastore.com.au/Panasonic+NV-GS300-details.htm

    and

    2. Canon MVX250i.
    http://www.canon.com.au/products/cameras/cameras_video/mvx250i.html

    I like the Panasonic because it has 3 CCDs but only a 10X optical zoom
    whereas the Canon has an 18X zoom which I also like.

    I would appreciate comments on these cameras or anything better around the
    same price.

    Thanks
    Andy
     
    Andy, Oct 18, 2006
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  2. I can't really comment on the Canon, but the Panasonic would be a great
    choice. I was recently looking for a basic camcorder and after much
    research ended up with a Panasonic PV-GS36. It is a single CCD model
    but from a control and feel standpoint is probably similar to the 3 CCD
    models.

    The video quality is excellent from my single CCD model. The build
    quality is also very nice especially for a relatively inexpensive unit.
    What sold me on Panasonic was that, even in their most basic line, it
    is possible to work the camcorder manually. In actual usage, this
    camcorder has exceeded my expectations to the point that if I were to
    upgrade today, I would immediately consider the 3 CCD models in the NV
    line. The value appears to be outstanding.

    While I suppose it is possible that a good single CCD unit could
    outperform a 3 CCD unit, my research and experience tells me that the
    Panasonic 3 CCD models are very good performers. The increase in video
    quality more than offsets the shorter zoom of the Panasonic over the
    Canon.

    With regard to zoom, some consumer grade camcorders offer optical zoom
    that is of limited usefulness for portable use without a tripod. A 10X
    zoom should be fairly hand holdable. If you truly need greater zoom
    there are many teleconverters on the market which are of decent quality
    and relatively inexpensive which can double or triple your zoom. Again,
    with all else being equal, I would opt for the unit that offers the
    best video quality. More oftern than not, the 3CCD unit will offer more
    video quality and color accuracy than a single CCD model.
     
    arthur.seltzer, Oct 25, 2006
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  3. Andy

    Andy Guest

    Thanks for your thoughts, Arthur.
    Appreciate it.

    Andy


    |I can't really comment on the Canon, but the Panasonic would be a great
    | choice. I was recently looking for a basic camcorder and after much
    | research ended up with a Panasonic PV-GS36. It is a single CCD model
    | but from a control and feel standpoint is probably similar to the 3 CCD
    | models.
    |
    | The video quality is excellent from my single CCD model. The build
    | quality is also very nice especially for a relatively inexpensive unit.
    | What sold me on Panasonic was that, even in their most basic line, it
    | is possible to work the camcorder manually. In actual usage, this
    | camcorder has exceeded my expectations to the point that if I were to
    | upgrade today, I would immediately consider the 3 CCD models in the NV
    | line. The value appears to be outstanding.
    |
    | While I suppose it is possible that a good single CCD unit could
    | outperform a 3 CCD unit, my research and experience tells me that the
    | Panasonic 3 CCD models are very good performers. The increase in video
    | quality more than offsets the shorter zoom of the Panasonic over the
    | Canon.
    |
    | With regard to zoom, some consumer grade camcorders offer optical zoom
    | that is of limited usefulness for portable use without a tripod. A 10X
    | zoom should be fairly hand holdable. If you truly need greater zoom
    | there are many teleconverters on the market which are of decent quality
    | and relatively inexpensive which can double or triple your zoom. Again,
    | with all else being equal, I would opt for the unit that offers the
    | best video quality. More oftern than not, the 3CCD unit will offer more
    | video quality and color accuracy than a single CCD model.
    |
    |
    |
    | Andy wrote:
    | > I will be buying my first digital camcorder soon.
    | > I have been checking various models on the internet and narrowed it down
    to
    | > two camcorders which are within my budget.
    | >
    | > 1. Panasonic NV GS300
    | > http://www.camerastore.com.au/Panasonic+NV-GS300-details.htm
    | >
    | > and
    | >
    | > 2. Canon MVX250i.
    | > http://www.canon.com.au/products/cameras/cameras_video/mvx250i.html
    | >
    | > I like the Panasonic because it has 3 CCDs but only a 10X optical zoom
    | > whereas the Canon has an 18X zoom which I also like.
    | >
    | > I would appreciate comments on these cameras or anything better around
    the
    | > same price.
    | >
    | > Thanks
    | > Andy
    |
     
    Andy, Oct 26, 2006
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  4. Andy

    Just D Guest

    Btw, the box with GS36 has the words Digital Palmcoder - what's that really?
    The label at the store has the following: Digital Palmcoder Camcorder. Is
    that a kind of joke or there is some hidden meaning? :)

    Just D.
     
    Just D, Nov 29, 2006
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