Someone recommend me a good video camera

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  1. mofugly13

    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

    Oct 6, 2002
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    San Francisco
    I am gonna save for a good video camera, but I don't really know what to look for. I want as much optical zoom as is practical, along with user friendliness, and mucho video storage space. I was looing at some JVC's at costco, two of them looked pretty cool with something like 30X optical zoom and integral hard drives, but they were up around $700. Anyone have any suggestions for something good in the $4-500 range? I have never owned a video camera, so I don't know what to look for/avoid. Learn me.
  2. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

    May 19, 2001
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    Vancouver, WA, USA
    my wife has a Panasonic PV-GS35. It has a 30x optical zoom. Uses mini-DV tapes. For what we use it for, its great. Not a professional quality unit or anything, but it does everything I need it to. Here is a FULL review with all the techy info anyone would ever want...

    its in your price range too. I had a couple of hundred bones of Best Buy gift certs (credit card offers rock) so I ended up getting mine for like $189. woohoo!

    Unlike a LOT of sub-$500 digital cameras, it includes the best/longest lasting battery Panasonic makes for the model and its inputs/output selection is pretty solid. Firewire cards can be had on for less than $15, plug 'er in and you're good to go.

  3. midnitewarya

    midnitewarya Sounds like a problem for future me. Premium Member

    Dec 1, 2002
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    Top of the line right here. Gives all the home vids and pictures at weddings a nice "blair witch" feel. Shot my sons birth on it, most terrifying 30 minutes ever captured on film.

    [SIZE=+1]Krasnogorsk-3 [/SIZE]

    [​IMG] Film size accepted 16 mm. Frame size, mm 10,05 * 7,42. Frequency, frames/sec : 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 48 and block-by-block filming.
    Lens: Meteor-5-1
    Focal length changeable,mm: 17 to 69
    Aperture size (geometric) f/1.9

  4. docgab

    docgab 1/2 ton status Premium Member

    Oct 1, 2002
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    Medford, OR
    you can go to and get user feedback on any cameras you might be interested in. It has helped my quite a bit as far as the good and bad of things I might like. not sure which to recommend to you. I use a sony handycam and like it lots.

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