Digital Video Camera Recommendation

digital video cameraNate and I have decided we need a digital video camera to record our first meeting in Las Vegas coming up soon, so this week I need to do some research on purchasing a good quality digital video camera. Since I know practically nothing in this area, the first step is to ask family and friends what they have and whether they like their video cameras or not. I figured that many of you that are reading this also probably have some digital video cameras, so I’d also like to invite you to share your opinions on the ones you have. Our basic requirements;

  • Price of under $500 if possible
  • Easy to operate and upload to the computer.
  • Quality picture and sound is more important than lots of fancy gadgets
  • Good battery life

    We aren’t looking for anything fancy — basically something that will be a good workhorse camera that will allow us to place some video onto the blog and site in the months to come. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate to head us in the right direction…

  • 8 thoughts on “Digital Video Camera Recommendation

    1. Depending on the quality you want look at aiptek’s multi-feature devices. MP3/video/still/audio/webcam for ~$100. Totally easy.

    2. Canon Optura 50 with an external mic if you’re looking for something under $500 that uses MiniDV instead of DVD. B&HPhoto has ’em for $400 right now. Manual focus ring, optical image stabilization, 10x zoom. It has a little bit of tape motor noise, I added a Sony ecm-ms908c mic ($75) and it’s silent now. Be sure to get a UV filter for added physical protection of the lens.

      I bought one last year after checking out a lot of models, so there may be something better now. Be aware that about all camcorders in this price range aren’t great in low light. I almost went with a 3CCD Panasonic until I found out about their potential for some smearing issues.

      There’s not a lot of camcorder review sites like camera sites. PC Mag seems to review them in the fall, is a good site, but has a heavy Panasonic bias.

      Great site, keep up the good work!

    3. I have been considering getting one myself for personal use. After much thought I decided that if I do get one I should get a low cost one while I get used to using it and learn what features I really want. And in the meantime prices can come down as newer, fancier models get released.

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