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PostTue Nov 12, 2002 4:53 pm 
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I am in the market now for a digital camcorder.

Anybody have any recommendations?
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PostTue Nov 12, 2002 5:00 pm 
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What do you plan to shoot with it?
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PostWed Nov 13, 2002 10:31 am 
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Family stuff--I have a new child coming up .  We have a 7 year old hi-8 and it is slowly breaking.  We would like to replace it with a newer model, but we would also like to take 2 megapixel pictures to send to people with the camcorder also.  I still like taking slides for my climbing trips and we still like taking regular 35mm becuase we are not dependant on a computer for viewing our pictures......or even electricity.  No high end stuff would be used for using the camcorder.  We just want something that would could intertwine with the computer, and maybe make fun family videos.
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PostWed Nov 13, 2002 2:24 pm 
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We bought a digital JVC a few years ago for the same reasons - family stuff. But it is fun to take in the Mtns occasionally.  Does the trick pretty good. Some times I think people expect too much from an off the shelf camcorder - comparing their home video to what they see on TV.

Congrats on the new one on that way.  up.gif
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PostWed Nov 13, 2002 2:55 pm 
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How much were you interested in spending?
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PostWed Nov 13, 2002 4:32 pm 
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Spending?  I don't know.  I thought I would be spending in the $1000+ range for what I was asking for......

But I don't know since I haven't done any research yet.
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PostWed Nov 13, 2002 5:29 pm 
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This is what Consumer Reports recommends:

An analog camcorder is right for you if you're not likely to use it often, you can't afford to spend a lot, and you have little interest in video editing. Among VHS-C and S-VHS-C camcorders, consider the JVC GR-SXM240U, $300. (VHS, of course, is the only tape format that can play directly in a VCR; all the others need the camcorder for playback.) Among Hi8 camcorders, consider the Sony CCD-TRV608, $400, and Sony CCD-TRV308, $350.

A digital camcorder is right for you if you want better picture quality, you're willing to spend more than $450, and you want to try editing on a computer. Among digital camcorders, the Sony DCR-TRV25, $900, and Panasonic PV-DV402, $800, topped the Ratings.
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PostThu Nov 14, 2002 10:36 am 
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That's great elkendo!

Do you know where the full report is at?
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PostThu Nov 14, 2002 4:36 pm 
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Try the November 2002 issue of Consumer Reports.

Should be in the library.

Or you can subscribe to the online edition. Just search Consumer Reports.

The online version is good for researching products because you have access to reports without having to find a particluar issue of the magazine.
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