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Does anyone have recommendations for a good camera to record digital video. Not really looking for a point and shoot camera that will also do video. Something a little higher end. Doesn't have to be professional but a good consumer version would do. I've started a website project with a few other area people and friends elsewhere that will be based around giving in depth information on the local music scene. We want to do performance videos of all the local bands and hand holding my old point and shoot just isn't cutting it. I've never really gotten into video as anything but a hobby but now I'm needing something a little better.

Suggetions?

Thanks,

Wander

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dcl
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
First question is what kind of video are you talking about?

Next question is budget. ;)
wander
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Local stage concert videos. One or two songs at a time. Probably around $300 or less.

W
dcl
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of Canon camcorders....I've used many over the years and have largely found them to be durable and generally loaded with more features than I'll use.

That being said, in the times I've not been able to find a Canon that fit my needs, Sony also provided me with the same.

I'm still a little old school when it comes to camcorders and am still running around with an old Canon ZR series MiniDV recorder. Tapes are reliable as long as you don't expose them to extreme temps and the like, and if you run to the end of a tape you aren't out of luck like you are with a flash memory recorder for example.

That being said, the quality of a MiniDV tape isn't as close to thenew flash memory, all-digital camcorders. If you want to go with a MiniDV recorder though - I'd recommend any ZR series Canon camcorder. I've had a few, and they've all been excellent...possibly because of their very long service life, at this point.

I think if I were going to do what you describe, though I'd give the Canon FS series a look. The only thing I might worry about is the low light performance, which Canon has listed as a "con" on their own site. All depends on the venue you'll be in, I suppose.

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I'm a huge fan of Canon camcorders....I've used many over the years and have largely found them to be durable and generally loaded with more features than I'll use.

That being said, in the times I've not been able to find a Canon that fit my needs, Sony also provided me with the same.

I'm still a little old school when it comes to camcorders and am still running around with an old Canon ZR series MiniDV recorder. Tapes are reliable as long as you don't expose them to extreme temps and the like, and if you run to the end of a tape you aren't out of luck like you are with a flash memory recorder for example.

That being said, the quality of a MiniDV tape isn't as close to thenew flash memory, all-digital camcorders. If you want to go with a MiniDV recorder though - I'd recommend any ZR series Canon camcorder. I've had a few, and they've all been excellent...possibly because of their very long service life, at this point.

I think if I were going to do what you describe, though I'd give the Canon FS series a look. The only thing I might worry about is the low light performance, which Canon has listed as a "con" on their own site. All depends on the venue you'll be in, I suppose.

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One thing Sony has over Canon, and has for years, is their patented NightShot. It's excellent, but it looks like a night vision headset...green and people have funny looking eyes. Probably not what you want in your concert videos.

Low light performance for me without the use of NightShot has been roughly equivalent between Canon and Sony....very subjective and dependent on the area. Filters help a little on both, but on occasion I've had a rough time finding them in the right size for some of my camcorders.

Even so, I think any of their Memory HandyCams would do:

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I've left off DVD camcorders because personally, I've never had any luck with them. I've had 2 recurring problems with DVD camcorders during the here and there times I've tried them....power consumption issues no matter what kind of battery I buy for them and "bad" DVDs that mysteriously become ruined or unplayable after the camera is done with them.

Hope some of that helps....
dcl
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hm. Sorry about the errors in there, apparently I don't remember how to manually link websites anymore...there doesn't seem to be an edit button available.
wander
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
We consistently have low light situations. mosty we shoot in bars and taverns with small stages and crowds of people in various stages of intoxication. So I'm thinking the Canon MiniDv might be the way to go.

Thanks,

W

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