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Which Budget Camcorder??

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by JonLeach, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. JonLeach

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    Hi all,
    i know this may have been asked a hundered times allready, i searched the threads and couldn't find what i was looking for.

    I have upto £400 to spend on getting a camcorder before christmas, with that do i need a tripod etc, i will also have to buy a Fire wire card for my PC.

    So which camera do i get for less than £400.


    Cheers

    Jon
     
  2. Eee-Tee

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    Jon- assuming that you want to buy from the high street, the choice of sub £400 camcorders isn't huge, but these are worth considering:

    JVC's GR-D20 DV MINI CAMCORDER (£329)
    Canon's MV600 DIGITAL CAMCORDER (£349)
    Sony's DCR-TRV14 DV MINI CAMCORDER (£420)
    SAMSUNG's VPD31 DV MINI CAMCORDER (£399)
     
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    may I suggest www.pixmania.co.uk
    the cannon 600i should fit the bill at that price point
     
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    how about a pocket sized jvc grdx25 for £334 plus £10 postage from empire direct ,a spare battery,bnv107 750mah li-ion (essential) for £18 postpaid from nomatica.com, a firewire cable £6.68 postpaid from cableuniverse.co.uk and 5 panasonic dvtapes for£11.49 plus 95p postagefrom 7dayshop.com.
    Total for kit £381 which leaves enough for a camera bag which will need to be larger than you think to get all your stuff in. bag 8.49 or tripod 17.99 also from 7dayshop. merry xmas
    ps dixons now selling 2 jvc minidv tapes for 4.99.on special
    us yorkshire folk appreciate value for money.
     
  5. slewis1972

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    Hmm,

    Also damn good camcoder is the Panasonic NV DS65B where you can get it for say £360. This has had good reviews from other posters on here - and this is the one I am getting - as the wife prefers it over the JVC - and it has dv in/out.

    Scott
     
  6. JonLeach

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    Thanks for the replys. it looks like shopping around is the best bet.

    i was hoping to pricematch at Jessops so i can buy the camera locally

    i was looking at the Panasonic, whats the advantage of DV in/out. are all the camera's mentioned similar spec'd.

    Jon
     
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    Dv in allows video editing on your PC and then transferring it back to the camcorder. Also it has a SD slot -for taking low res pictures - also a good option.

    I was like you - did not know what camcorder to get, I looked at the JVC GRDX25, Samsung ones - see my other posts - and people keep referring me back to the Panasonic - as its good quality and very good specs. As my wife will probably using it alot of the time, took her to see a few of them - and she preferred the Panasonic - as its small, lightweight and the controls are easy to use, unlike the JVC we looked at. And its got great spec.

    Anyway - thats my opinions.

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    Cheers Scott,

    i will go at lunch today and have a good look at some camera's i will let you know what i think.

    Jon
     
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    I have had a good look at what comet had in and was taken to the Sony range.

    inparticular the DRV-19 and the DRV-22, the best price is 431 for the DRV-22 which i could stretch to i think.

    has anyone any thoughts on these they seemed easier to use than the Panasonic/JVC/Canon, namely due to the touch screen, and the auto focusing seemed very good in comparison to the others.

    Jon
     
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    @ Slewis.

    Where can you get the Panny nvds65b for £360? I've been looking at the nvds60b (cheapest is £296) but have also been recommended to get a camcorder with DV in/output.

    Also the GS10 is avaliable from Empiredirect for £350, thats cheap isnt it?
     
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    DRV-22 is the one to get, it has been very favourable reviewed in many publications as well as on the web.
     
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    Well, U can get the nvds65b at Amzon for under £350.

    Scott
     
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    I got the DRV19 as i don't need the memory stick option and i can live with a b/w view finder.

    it's just arrived at work but as with all these things no god dam tapes with it!!!!! how tight is that!!

    off to buy a tape and play now.

    Jon
     
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    Any reviews of the Panasonic GS10 - its in Jessops for £450 but on the web for £339!?
     

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