How to Buy a Digital Camcorder
Posted 08 July 2007 - 12:32 PM
Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:02 PM
With solid state or SDHC memory cards there isn't this weak area to worry about.As a matter of fact on these cameras the only moving parts are the zoom/focus mechanism of the lense and the hinges on the lcd screen.Me being a faithful adherent of the K.I.S.S. theory of product design,you can guess which type I decided to buy.Just for the record I went with the entry level Canon FS100 since this is my first digital camcorder.I am VERY impressed with this little jewel and plan to use it for a long time to come.Besides,I really don't need high def since I have yet to buy a high def TV on which to view the pictures.
Posted 16 April 2010 - 07:33 AM
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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:10 AM
If you are doing video in the cold cold outdoors. Get one that records with the screen door closed. That way you can use your bare hands wrapped around the camcorder as a heat source.
Get one that isn't too expensive otherwise you won't take it with you.
It's sort of handy if the camcorder creates the video files in this format yyyymmddhhmmss.mpg This makes it easy to sync video from 2 or more camcorders.
Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:21 PM
if you are a Professional i think you need a high end device which most of us not
Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:26 PM
71 points for cheap $5 remotes; is surely 3 times more important than all the rest of the features combined.
10 points for the design change. The hand strap is not a good way to shoot video.
I would have never noticed the mouse if I was using the view screen and the flashlight shooting method makes it easy to catch the action. The hand strap is a loser.
1 point for a detachable view screen. They have to install it anyway so this shouldn't be a big item cost wise.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov9w4WxKFCs It would have been great for curling..
1 point for the GPS watermark option. it has it's own switch. I'd just make short-short videos or 1 pic for location then switch it off. I don't want to have to go digging for this info. Again this would be a minor software fix.
-1 point for the ability to view the videos on the tiny tiny screen. I never watch or delete any video on the camcorder; this is another worthless option.
1 point for the time showing on the screen. That should be an easy software option with no cost. There are a number of far more useless options in the menu.
1 point for the ability to skip the beginning and end of each video. If it's difficult to skip the end, then the eliminating the jigglies at the beginning is a good start. My software can be set to start 1/2 second in and play for the length of the video - 1 second. I created this option because when I started doing video, the jigglies annoyed me to no end.
1 point for the sighting tube / flashlight mount on the top of the CC
2 points for the mute option. Wind noise and yappy friends would be the main reason for this option. They could use the start/stop recording switch. I don't use that button.. ever.
2 points for the ability to attach to a spotting scope to the FRONT of the CC. Everybody with a spotting scope would love this one. It wouldn't be expensive either.
10 points for standard AA or AAA batteries. Just a waste of money for the batteries and the chargers. I paid for 3 and 2 of the batteries and chargers along with shopping time. Money wasters...
1 point for the zoom cover/lock. I guess I could use a small piece of electrical tape to solve the problem...
-1 point for the so called "Pros" that like to keep things complex. Just so they can look smart.
Most of recent great video has been shot on cell phones by amateurs not by self proclaimed pros. Egypt, tsunami, police brutality etc. It's not the equipment that makes these shots great. A pro would be busy checking the lighting etc and most likely miss the action.
Video from yesterday.
Bulls fighting (nobody gets hurt)