first-time camcorder

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  1. steve998

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    I would lile to buy a easy to use sub £300 digital camcoder.

    I would like digital and analugue inputs (and maybe a socket for an external mic)

    I like the look of the Canon camcorders (especialy as I have a canon camera and direct-print printer).

    What are you views on the MV830i and the MV850i.

    I know very little about camcorders, but I would like a 16:9 image as I have a plasma widescreen which I want to use on playback.

    Are Panasonic / Sony MUCH better?

    Many thanks
     
  2. laser

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    If you want a true anamorphic widescreen picture from your camcorder you will have to look at JVC, Sony and Canon (there are other makes).

    Panasonic do not presently have a true widescreen camcorder to take advantage of a 16:9 TV or display.
     
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    Just recenly bought a Canon MV850i as my first digital camcorder. Very easy to use point and shoot but has plenty of other features should you need them Supposed to do reasonable 16:9 but I haven't used it. (still on 4:3) Doesn't have a socket for external mic but does have AV in/out and DV in/out. Also I can use the same software and cable for downloading stills from the MMC card as I do for my Canon Ixus 400. Can be had for less than £300. I paid just over from Amazon.
    http://www.simplydv.co.uk/Reviews/canon_mv850i.html
    link to review of the camera.

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    Cheers for your help and advice,

    I am looking at either the Canon 850 OR the Sony HC 42 (which comes with a docking station)

    The features look pretty similar. However I would like to know if the Sony can take a 'Bullet' camera in its inputs. I am sure the Canon Can (sorry!) but the Sony looks as if the inputs are all on the dock, which would not be desirable if you wanted to connect a bullet cam.

    Not sure if I have explained this very well.
     

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