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My digital camera (Sont cyber shot) is also a cam corder. Works good but it needs a light. (witch I think you can buy)

Thats all I got Plug.

Congrats on the rug rat :beer
 

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I've got a Sony TRV280 digital8. I like it. It's small, lightweight, average price (my kit was 320, to my door) has a Photo button, has the Nightshot Plus feature. I don't know how easy it is to transfer the video to the PC yet... I got screwed, and it wasn't included in my package, but I'm supposed to be getting it within the week, and can come back with how easy it was to transfer the video
 

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Our Cannon digital camera takes movies, but we've also got an older RCA (tape only) camcorder. Digital camera goes right to the Net, camcorder goes right to the VCR. But you can get the newer ones that record on CD.

Whatever you do, get lots of rechargeable batteries. Yer gonna need 'em!

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get one with that "steady cam" or similar feature. some dont have it and the video can look all shaky. the night shot is kewl when camping and yer buddies drunk and foolin around with some drunk chick. just unzip the tent a little, stick the camera in, and VIOLA! soft core porn ala the Blair Witch :thumbup
 

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I have a Sony DVD Camcorder and I like it a whole lot. It records directly to dvd discs. I like being able to record stuff then pop it in any dvd player (including my computer) and watch it. I used to have one that I had to plug it in the TV to watch and I got tired of doing that shit in a hurry. Plus you can rerecord if you don't like it.

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I ordered mine from the East Coast and saved about $275 off of Best Buys price.
 

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whatever you get, be sure you get extra batteries for it. Nothing worse then having the damn thing shut off right when the action gets good
 

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DONT BUY A DIGICAM THAT DOES VIDEO
You will NEVER be happy with it's video quality, period.

Any digital camcorder (Digital8 (D8) or Mini-DV) will be great! You can get them for not much money now days.

Either Sony or Canon would be first pick.

Ive got an *old* Sony TRV120 and I *still* use the snot outta it! Its wonderful! (D8).

If money is no object then check the XL1 I think is from Sony, or the Canon V2000 (google those up), expensive, but there 3 CCD imaging results in wonderful quality. All consumer digicorders use 1 CCD, nothing wrong with that, but 3 gives a LOT better quality.

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MyFullSize said:
DONT BUY A DIGICAM THAT DOES VIDEO
You will NEVER be happy with it's video quality, period.
I'm very happy with my girlfriend's 7.1mpx and my teacher's 5.1mpx cameras. :shrug


Maybe that's because I'm just using them to capture stupid shit that doesn't need to be proffessional or nice in any particular way :toothless
 

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Hi8 is very good quality, but D8 is even better! D8 will give near DVD quality, the high dollar XL1 will give professional quality. Plus, you can plug your DIGITAL camcorder into your computer and download video directly via FireWire! This is one of the prime reason I got the D8. It rox! :thumbup
 

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MyFullSize said:
Hi8 is very good quality, but D8 is even better! D8 will give near DVD quality, the high dollar XL1 will give professional quality. Plus, you can plug your DIGITAL camcorder into your computer and download video directly via FireWire! This is one of the prime reason I got the D8. It rox! :thumbup
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I'm assuming D8 is the stuff recorded on my Aunt's SD disc, in her Sanyo, correct ?

If, so I'd have to say it's better than any tape I've seen for quality. Her's also shoots still photos at 5.1 mp that are as good or better than any of the digitals I've owned to date.

Her zoom is mostly optical, but has a digital enhancement aspect, which we decided should not be used if possible. Even so it has an impressive zoom ability.

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Sorry Six, no... D8 (or D-8) is Digital-8, its DV on a Hi8 tape. Its the same video format as MiniDV, only its a different storage media. DV is DV, but theres different imagers that will yield different video quality, and theres different media formats to stor it on (Hi8 tapes (D8), miniDV, DVD, etc..).

Actually there are two different DV formats, DV1 an DV2, it mainly has to do with the way the computer CAPTURES the video, but on the media, its pretty much all the same.

Just FYI, Ive been into digital video since before digital camcorders, Im pretty well vested in every method of video capture and editing. Im also an amature videographer.

Good luck...
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I have a Panasonic PV-GS19.
It has 24x optical zoom which is amazing and 800x digital zoom which if on a tripod, will get you into just about anything. The sound follows the zoom so if you want to record say, elk bugiling in the park like I did, it will pick it up great. Also has a camera on it that isn't high quality, but will zoom really close. It uses MiniDV for the video and SD for the camera. Damn thing is tiny and is so comfortable in your hand. Super easy to use, good quality video and sound. Only drawback is the battery life, which can easily be remedied with something from say Batteries Plus.
 

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MyFullSize said:
Sorry Six, no... D8 (or D-8) is Digital-8, its DV on a Hi8 tape. Its the same video format as MiniDV, only its a different storage media. DV is DV, but theres different imagers that will yield different video quality, and theres different media formats to stor it on (Hi8 tapes (D8), miniDV, DVD, etc..).

Actually there are two different DV formats, DV1 an DV2, it mainly has to do with the way the computer CAPTURES the video, but on the media, its pretty much all the same.

Just FYI, Ive been into digital video since before digital camcorders, Im pretty well vested in every method of video capture and editing. Im also an amature videographer.

Good luck...
Andrew

Well then I can't resist asking y'all bout these new ones, like my Aunt's, that store onto SD cards.

The convenience of being able to keep a postage stamp sized SD card in your pocket is more than novel to me.

On the slowest setting, a 1MB SD card takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour of video. With 2 MB cards available and 4 MB cards close, that's a lot of video time.

It couldn't be easier to take it to the computer either. She also has a wire that plugs right into the TV, VCR or DVD player and lets her give video shows.

All this in a camera small enough your hand can hide it (okay my hand can hide it).

Sixlitre
 
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