Digital camcorder under $300?

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  1. janni518

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    Any recommendations for a digital camcorder? I'd like to keep it under $300 if possible. Is that even feasible? I haven't really looked at them yet. Someone told me you can get them for under $100 now but I have to assume it'd be a piece of youknowwhat.

    Any guidance would be very much appreciated. I'm pretty good at tracking down deals but first I need to know what it is I'm looking for.
     
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  3. Green Tea

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    Canon has what I researched to be a good one in that range. The 100 model. (RS, I think) In anycase, it was $269 on Amazon last I looked. It is a flash memory. Had good reviews.
     
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    What's the difference? Which is better?
    Is flash memory on a card vs. having a hard drive built in?:confused3
     
  6. Green Tea

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    Flash is a memory card, like you use in your camera. No moving parts in the camera. Hard drive is like your computer. A little more sensitive to bumps or drops, but generally has more built in memory than you can get with a card. Some models that probably start a little above the $300 range combine both formats. www.crutchfield.com has a lot of information about selection and formats.
     
  7. ruadisneyfan2

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    Thanks. I've been thinking about getting dh one maybe for next Christmas. We stopped using our old one. It was a wedding gift in 1995 and it's huge and heavy; not very practical for WDW or on DCL ships. Now they're so cute and small. :goodvibes
     
  8. janni518

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    :goodvibes Thanks for the suggestions. Will check them out.
     
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    Best Buy has Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 30GB Camcorder for $269.99 with free shipping. This deal is going on now. We have the Sony handycam 610 and it is great.
     
  10. janni518

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    Thanks, that is one of the few brands I've heard of. Definitely checking that one out. Thanks!
     
  11. nd5056

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    Not sure how good it is.

    Panasonic SDR-S7K Digital Camcorder (Black) for $199.99 + Free Shipping (List Price $299.99)

    Search for SKU: 8732605

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    That is at Best Buy.
     
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    Oops, thank you for correcting this.

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  14. Green Tea

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    Here is the link to understanding the newer technology options: http://www.crutchfield.com/learn/learningcenter/home/harddisk.html

    Consumer Reports lists these as recommended models.

    Best in mini DV tape
    Canon ZR900 $250
    Canon ZR 950 $280

    Best Value in DVD Camcorder
    Canon DC 330 $380

    Best Value in Flash Memory
    Panasonic SDR-S7 $300
     
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    Consumer Reports Rankings

    Mini DV, the 2 models above are number 1 and 2. Then
    Sony DCR-HC62
    Panasonic PV-GS90
    JVC GR-D870

    DVD Models
    Canon DC330
    Panasonic VDR-D50
    Samsung SC-DX103


    Flash Memory Models
    Canon FS11
    Panasonic SDR-S7
    Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG9
    JVC GZ-MS100

    Combination DVD Flash
    Sony DCR-DVD910
    Sony DCR-DVD610

    Hard Dish models
    JVC GZ-MG730
    Panasonic SDR-H60
    JVC GZ-MG365
     
  16. Green Tea

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    That is a good camera and a good price!

    There are a lot of reviews of cameras on Amazon. I used that a lot in research.
     
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  18. nd5056

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    The only problem I have with Amazon it’s like asking everyone if they prefer cold (snow) or hot (beach) style weather. And they are all right, based on the preferences they have. Believe me, I bought things based on others reviews and I wasn’t happy.

    My place for Camcorder reviews is this one here:

    http://www.camcorderinfo.com/

    and for Digital Cameras:

    www.dpreview.com

    www.dcresource.com

    But, if you can’t overcome that fact that everything they say is like looking at things under a huge magnifying glass, you’re better off sticking with Amazon reviews. Personally, things may have the highest reviews scores out there and I still won’t buy it if it doesn’t “feel” good in my hand when I’m holding it.
     

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