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Old 09-03-2005, 05:16 AM
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Camcorders

I need to buy a camcorder. I don't want to spend a ton of money, but if I have to for a good one, I will.

I have no idea what to look for. I want one that I can easily transfer to a VHS tape and easily transfer to my computer with no special codecs required to view. That's possible, no?

It doesn't have to be all sophisticated or anything. It will basically be used to film the baby doing cute things and to film my daughter cheering in competition and at football games.

Anyone have any recommendations or advice on what to look for?
 
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Old 09-03-2005, 05:27 AM
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hey

Don't get a Sharp one, at least not a mini DV one - they tend to have fault dew sensors and when that fails it can't be fixed very easily at all, and the cam will turn on for 5 seconds then shut down. I've had this problem on mine.

Canon make good camcorders i think.

If you wanna transfer it to the computer, you'll need a firewire slot / cable (they never come supplied). Transferring to VHS is easy because the AV cables are supplied with these camcorders.

So as long as it's a DV or mini DV camera, you can hook it up to the PC no worries, anything else would take a lot more effort.

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I saw some mini dv ones at walmart. What's digital 8?

Also, I have AV hookups on my computer. Can I use those for this?
 
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digital 8 is a different type of system, i think its a Sony brand or summat, not sure but its a little different.

AV hook ups ont he PC, i'm not too sure.
 
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Take a look at the low-end 3 CCD mini DV camcorders like these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16830180045
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16830180039
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16830180038

BTW, one of your moderators, thebassman, runs a digital photography forum at http://www.photographycorner.com. He might be able to help.

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