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#1 Armat

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 08:24 PM

Hi everyone. I need to buy camcorder around $500.00 That's my budget. Any inputs from personal experience? Any suggestions?
I consider Sony DCR-HC40 Mini DV but not sure.

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 09:28 PM

Armat, good choice. I am thinking to get one too and that's one of my choices too(except I am debating to get a sony that writes on a DVD). I owned a sony before, gave to my brother. It is still alive after 4 years of use and functions as it was new.

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 10:30 PM

I'm biased against Sony. smile.gif And after being burned a few times, I no longer support them/but their products. In all fairness I do not own a miniDV camera, and Sony is well reputed in that field. For good measure, you may want to compare feature sets of similarly priced units made by other brands, say, Canon or JVC.

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 10:47 PM

One thing I forgot to mention, the software that came with my old camcorder looked amateurish and sucked. I hope they have improved it by now.

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 12:26 AM

Armat, I highly recommend the Canon ZR200 Camcorder(about 400ish) and if you can go a bit higher I would say get the Canon Elura 70(500ish) and for about 650 the Elure 85

Personally have used the ZR65 for couple of years and it is amazing and zr35 prior to that.

Edited by Azat, 18 April 2005 - 12:27 AM.


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Posted 18 April 2005 - 12:36 AM

have been usung zr45 for 3 years - for the last year it's zr90
22x optical zoom lens
and you can get one under $350

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 11:14 AM

Thanks guys for your inputs.The sony software does suck.I went to sony forum and they all use pinnacle and studio etc. for downloading to pc.
Sony does have a drawback.It has a ducking station which is needed if used direct wall plug in.
I like cannon myself but was not sure.The low end ones have a poor performance in low light situation like recording birthday candle party.
Since you guys used it and like it then that's more valuable then press infos.I am not looking for top shelf since I can't afford it anyway but decent middle road.Thanks for the inputs.

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 11:27 AM

Armat jan, that is true about the Canon and the problem is not that it cant film under low lite but that it has a hard time auto focusing. in those situations what I do it switch just the focusing to manual focus and it works great. I am not sure if they have fixed this issue in the new models or if the Elura line has this same issue. In general they are very very easy to operate. take great video with vibrant color, are light and have a great CCD and leans

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 11:40 AM

QUOTE (Azat @ Apr 18 2005, 12:27 PM)
Armat jan, that is true about the Canon and the problem is not that it cant film under low lite but that it has a hard time auto focusing.  in those situations what I do it switch just the focusing to manual focus and it works great.  I am not sure if they have fixed this issue in the new models or if the Elura line has this same issue.  In general they are very very easy to operate.  take great video with vibrant color, are light and have a great CCD and leans



mad.gif Azat jan stop! You're going to make me want to but a camcorder!

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 11:42 AM

I don't know where you are located but if you are near a Fry's Electronics, I highly recommend you go there.

I hate them but always end up going back due to price.

#11 Azat

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 05:32 PM

heyyyyyy Boris...

I love Boris


#12 DominO

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE (Azat @ Apr 19 2005, 06:32 PM)
heyyyyyy Boris...

I love Boris



Are you gay?

#13 Azat

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 11:02 PM

Domino, do you even know who Boris Badenov is?

#14 DominO

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 10:07 AM

QUOTE (Azat @ Apr 20 2005, 12:02 AM)
Domino, do you even know who Boris Badenov is?


Azat, is he a guy or not? smile.gif

#15 Azat

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 06:09 PM

Domino, dont make me come to Montreal to kick your ass you smart asssss

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 06:21 PM

See Azat, I told you you're going there two days ago. And some say I don't have abilities to predict stuff... I am coming with you. We're gonna make that city Mon-unreal mad.gif

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 08:51 PM

you're both welcome smile.gif smile.gif

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 08:52 PM

and i'll gladly join Fadiushka's butt kicking. wink.gif

#19 Azat

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 10:26 PM

Run Domino Run....

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 07:51 PM

Anyone ordered from this on line store.They seem legit.Best prices and the cannon is $80.00 less then reg store.Here is the link
http://www.mpsuperst...source=dealtime
Now ideally I would like to buy from mega stores but their sale price is 399.95 which is pretty steep.What do you guys think.Should I go ahead?buy? unsure.gif




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