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Old 01-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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i am trying to figure out what to do on our upcoming trip as far as what i want to use to take videos, it would require me carrying a bigger bag for it to fit, which i really dont want to do. I have a small sony handycam (lost the cord to charge the battery, but i could go buy one) and i also have 2 digital cameras. I have also been looking at a video cam at walmart, i think its by sony, that is a small handheld cam similar to the flip cams, it is waterproof and on around 85 dollars. so i guess my question is this, would you A) just buy a cord for the handheld sony cam B) use the extra digital cam for videos or C) purchase the small flip cam type camera. Thanks for your help!

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Going to move this over to the Photography board as the folks over there will be able to help the most
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I would go with the newer one. Smaller and newer means better pixelation
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A lot depends on what you want to do with the video. Do you just want videos to post on the web? Do you want to edit your video into a home movie to play on a TV?

As far as the small Bloggie/playsport/flip camcorders.... if you have a newish smartphone with video you'll get the same if not better quality than those cameras. And you can get a case for your phone to keep it safe and dry if you feel like that's something you want for less than another device.
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i am trying to figure out what to do on our upcoming trip as far as what i want to use to take videos, it would require me carrying a bigger bag for it to fit, which i really dont want to do. I have a small sony handycam (lost the cord to charge the battery, but i could go buy one) and i also have 2 digital cameras. I have also been looking at a video cam at walmart, i think its by sony, that is a small handheld cam similar to the flip cams, it is waterproof and on around 85 dollars. so i guess my question is this, would you A) just buy a cord for the handheld sony cam B) use the extra digital cam for videos or C) purchase the small flip cam type camera. Thanks for your help!

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The technology has gotten to the point, where you really don't *need* a separate video camera anymore. A good smart phone actually does extremely well for video, as do most newer cameras.
So if you're satisfied with the video results you get on your camera (and/or have a smart phone to use), you can easily just leave the video cameras at home.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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The technology has gotten to the point, where you really don't *need* a separate video camera anymore. A good smart phone actually does extremely well for video, as do most newer cameras.
So if you're satisfied with the video results you get on your camera (and/or have a smart phone to use), you can easily just leave the video cameras at home.
I do not have a smart phone, i didnt even think to mention that...sorry! As for what i want to do with the video, i would like to burn them to a disc or something. just to have for our family "collection".
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I do not have a smart phone, i didnt even think to mention that...sorry! As for what i want to do with the video, i would like to burn them to a disc or something. just to have for our family "collection".
I'm just getting into video. Not sure, but I think there are ways to get video from a smart phone to a disc.

One thing I have just bought is a Canon powershot D20 for a fun camera. I got it mainly because it is waterproof. I didn't want to take an expensive camera near water/beach. It does take HD video. I've only had it for a few days but everything I have taken looks pretty good.

You can get it from BH Photo for $289.00 tax and shipping included.

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