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Posted: 10/18/2008 11:55:33 AM EDT

I'm looking for a digital camcorder that uses internal hard drive to save videos.

Most important is quality, then ease of use, especially regarding transfer and manipulation of video files.

Price range is $300-$500.

I can use Google and stuff. I'm hoping to hear from folks with hands-on experience.

Thank you for your time.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:00:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 12:04:47 PM EDT by gaspain]
Panasonic, Sony, Canon.  In that order more or less.

get a HD cam, dont settle for DV (but on your budget you may have to)

You will need a fast dual core cpu to edit HD.  I prefer Sony Vegas for editing.

the arfcom of amateur video
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:12:18 PM EDT
I've been leaning towards the Panasonic SDR-H60 but I'm seeing several reviews saying that the software is very bad and won't work with some versions of Windows...

Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:21:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 12:22:45 PM EDT by gaspain]

Originally Posted By JCKnife:
I've been leaning towards the Panasonic SDR-H60 but I'm seeing several reviews saying that the software is very bad and won't work with some versions of Windows...



thats a decent camera, but with a 1/6" ccd it wont be very good at low light but will be good for most everything else.  Its also not a 3ccd camera, so its colors are not going to be as good as the Panasonic 3 ccd cameras.

$378 here

you should also check out the Canon VIXIA HF100
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:42:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 12:43:57 PM EDT by gaspain]
You might also want to consider a still camera. I would go this route personally.

like the Panasonic Lumix LX3. It does HD video and is a badass still camera too!  $421 Here

it can do HD(16:9 Aspect Ratio): 1280x720 pixels 24fps


or use the 30% off ebay rebate, $315 after cash back

cash back details
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:46:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gaspain:

you should also check out the Canon VIXIA HF100


Wow, that one is looking good...thanks.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:54:33 PM EDT
some of the AMAZING pics that the LX3 is capable of, the video it can take is damn good too

www.flickr.com/groups/843626@N22/



sample movie, right click save as img.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_lx3/sample_images/panasonic_lumix_dmc_lx3_01.mov
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