Want to buy a camcorder budget around £200. Any suggestions?

ukdoctor

Novice Member
I'm planning to buy a camcorder.budget is around £200
Its just for recording occasional family events

Would be mainly used inside the house.

video will be viewed on a standard CRT Telly and maybe to burn on to a DVD

I'm totally confused after seeing the numerous options out there.

Any suggestions are welcome.
 

senu

Distinguished Member
I would buy any Sony Canon or Panasonic Mini DV tape model
and stretch to £250 if need be
I would not buy

  • "any old" discontinued analogue tape model
  • Any HDD model at this price range
  • or
  • Any using a Card.. Unlikely any using a Card or HDD at this price point will perform
By perform I mean one whose video ( colours, sharpness, exposure and handling of motion ) will be pleasantly watchable and audio half decent

As for DVD making , if you have a reasonably recent PC, Software abound to help you do that if you want to. The Know-how is easy to pick up and help is never far away

Dont be swayed that MiniDV tape is "old" unless you are prepared to double your budget and get a HDD model.

And don't be confused There are Standard definition and High Definition camcorders,
Both types use Tape, HDD, ( some DVD) and SD cards as the recording media

In needing to use camcorders indoors , you would be stretching their abilities to work well in low light. Camcorders do not work well in lower light that the human eye would happily accommodate
Finally , regardless of use for "only occasional family events", the footage may be the only record yourself and family have in years to come of very special never to be repeated events. If you don't get the best for your money, neither yourself nor any other interested parties will bother watching the videos more than once
 

social_lurker

Active Member
One quick addition to the above excellent advice. If you do buy Mini DV make sure you've got firewire on your pc. (or allow £20 or so to add a firewire card)
 

ukdoctor

Novice Member
what about this one?


Sony DCR-HC51E Mini DV Handycam with X40 Zoom Price: £141.51

Technical Details
800k pixel CCD
Super SteadyShot
CZ Vario Tessar
Zoom (40x Optical, 2000x Digital)
2.5� LCD (123 K)
Start/Stop & Zoom Buttons on LCD Frame
0.3� 123k Colour Viewfinder
Touch Panel
Easy Handycam
HELP Function
Guide Frame from Tripod
Manual Lens Cover
Multi-Language



http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0011UBI6S/400001076-21/?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
 

senu

Distinguished Member
Seems fine.. I have read anything bad about it but could just be there arent that many around
The Canon MD 101 or 205 are worth a look , as is the costlier Panasonic GS330
 

ukdoctor

Novice Member
Seems fine.. I have read anything bad about it but could just be there arent that many around
The Canon MD 101 or 205 are worth a look , as is the costlier Panasonic GS330


thanks

ordered the Sony . Will post my review as soon as I get it.
 
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joshysquashy

Guest
what about this one?


Sony DCR-HC51E Mini DV Handycam with X40 Zoom Price: £141.51

Technical Details
800k pixel CCD
Super SteadyShot
CZ Vario Tessar
Zoom (40x Optical, 2000x Digital)
2.5" LCD (123 K)
Start/Stop & Zoom Buttons on LCD Frame
0.3" 123k Colour Viewfinder
Touch Panel
Easy Handycam
HELP Function
Guide Frame from Tripod
Manual Lens Cover
Multi-Language



http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0011UBI6S/400001076-21/?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
I don't think it is true widescreen. It has a 4:3 LCD screen, and although there is a 16:9 mode, it crops the top and bottom, reducing quality.

I would get the Panasonic G90 for £170, it is true widescreen and has optical image stabilisation. It might not look quite as nice, but still pretty decent looking. Can't believe Sony still makes 4:3 cameras, even at a budget price.
 

Funky

Novice Member
I'm planning to buy a camcorder.budget is around £200
Its just for recording occasional family events

Would be mainly used inside the house.

video will be viewed on a standard CRT Telly and maybe to burn on to a DVD

I'm totally confused after seeing the numerous options out there.

Any suggestions are welcome.
the sanyo vpc-CA65 is actually fit in your budget. This little camcorder is waterproof, I think it's best family camera.

Check out this the underwater video, it's very nice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3pzYjt6Op8&feature=related
 

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