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Camcorder Help

Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:44 am

I am going to buy a camcorder so I take vids as well as pics on my trips!
Can anyone reccomend a camer under £300?

Thanks in advance,

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RE: Camcorder Help

Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:57 am

I've got a Canon MV700 that is pretty reasonable for a take along DV camera. Its low light performance isn't brilliant, but it's fine for recording the kids for posterity. It's not really suitable for taking freeze frame images because of the CCD resolution (440kpix), but if you just need video clips, go for it.

Price is £219 here.

You may want to get a spare battery and some DV tapes while you're at it.

There's the MV800 that's got a 800kpix CCD rather than the 440kpix ccd of the MV700, that's £240 at internetcamcordersdirect.


If you visit DV sites you'll find other recommendations.
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RE: Camcorder Help

Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:08 pm

Something else to think about when deciding on what to buy is the power of the optical zoom. The standard is about 10x, but for aircraft (and wild life) up to 20x is very useful. You do need a steady hand at the upper end of the range. A relatively powerful optical zoom does not mean high cost, so it is worth checking the specs of models in your budget range. Hope you find something suitable.
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RE: Camcorder Help

Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:44 pm

The newest budget model from JVC is reviewed to be quite a performer. Not sure exactly what the model designation is, something like D-240??? Has an eminently useful x 25 zoon lens.
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RE: Camcorder Help

Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:15 am

Thanks guys for the help!

I'm probably going to go for the JVC GR D-290


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