Should I buy a Camera with video or dedicated video


Standard Member
I am looking for a video camera, it doesnt have to be top of the line, I am on a tight budget. So it must be something decent preferably able to take HD video
this will be for my wife to use for family videos

but i was wondering if i can buy this one:
Canon SX150 IS review | Cameralabs
It is a high quality picture camera + has video capabilities.

Or must i rather buy a dedicated video camera, video cameras that i might be able to get are:
Samsung Hmx-H300bp Camcorder - Black, Electronics -


Buying the canon with camera+video camera is convenient because she is able to carry around one camera for pictures + video.

But what sort of advice can you give, particular on the models i provided and are there compelling reasons why considering the video on the canon to not be sufficient?

All advice are appreciated.


Prominent Member
Can you give us a Budget?
Camcorders are often easier to hold, whereas stills cameras can be tricky in Vid-mode, although with care and a tripod that's not an issue.

I guess it comes down to reward/effort - if the effort is near-zero then a camcorder wins, although taking vids on a stills camera can be done less obviously. Stills are easily shared, posted etc . .. and vids can be left until you want to edit them, create DVD's etc. which need only 720, - although a "better option" is a camera that sports 1080 and lots of Mpix for stills.
Look at Sony NEX3 - It's 720 movie and surprisingly good in low-light due to the massive sensor. DYOR. I spent the extra for NEX5 but now carry lots of vid-kit to get it just right.

The result is far more Pro, but I enjoy the challenge - for parents I suspect a camcorder is a whole lot less effort, but don't think it will be easy - ignore the ads and maybe borrow a friends camcorder to see how things work out.

Once the money is spent it's difficult to recover the situation. I suspect you won't want to pay much, so maybe consider one of those Flip-style - although they are like a mobile-phone . . . perhaps upgrade. However, the LT results will not be high quality, despite the blurb.

.....Good luck....

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