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Old 12-18-2008, 03:34 PM
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Im thinking about getting a nice handheld video camera for doing schweeet videoz....Under 300, good sound great video quality etc.

Any ideas/suggestions?
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:43 PM
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someone at work just picked up a Flip something... it does HD.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:53 PM
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someone at work just picked up a Flip something... it does HD.
Yes. Flip Mino HD. Check it out

http://www.theflip.com/products_flip...cene=sceneMain

And you could see some test video's here:
http://www.vimeo.com/2479222
http://www.vimeo.com/2259235 - the man looks funny. and the music, wtf?!

Just search flip mino hd or flip mino and you'll get tons of videos to take a look at.
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:36 PM
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Those video's seem very slow frames to me. Is it just my computer by chance?
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Canon FS100 is a decent box, ~$279 at Amazon. Records to SD cards so none of the mechanical worries of tape. Also takes external microphone input for recording via aux. microphone - pretty handy.
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Sony HandyCams have always been an easy-to-use favorite of mine. I'm sure you could go on eBay and find some good ones for low prices.
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I avoid Sony(video/photo) stuff as a general rule. My roommate got an Aiptek S-HD cam and it's turned out to be really good. Does 60FPS@720p and 30FPS @1080i, take stills etc. Sound isn't so great, but better than previous models I guess. The best thing is that it was dirt cheap. I can see if he has some footage of a ride(was using it for his motorcycle mostly) laying around if you'd like.
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Those video's seem very slow frames to me. Is it just my computer by chance?
No, it's pretty smooth but then again, it's been edited and then downsized for Vimeo. It depends on how the person pulled it off.

If that doesn't convince you, I found this one:
http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQueri...&pq-path=13063

The Kodak Zi6 for $180. And according to this video - http://www.wired.com/video/gadgets/g...ifi/5082250001
...it's better...

Some video samples off Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/videos/search:Zi6

Here's another nice comparison of the 2 together, literally side by side - http://www.vimeo.com/2254096 - He even switches the audio for a comparison.
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Canon FS100 is a decent box, ~$279 at Amazon. Records to SD cards so none of the mechanical worries of tape. Also takes external microphone input for recording via aux. microphone - pretty handy.
Some tests for the Canon FS100 - I didn't know about this one, thanks!
http://www.vimeo.com/1378883
http://www.vimeo.com/2441136 - haha
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There are a few plug-ins/software mods to work around the .MOD file format of the FS100 (and moving the files into format for FCP or iMovie). Not a big enough pain to prevent me from getting, especially for the coin involved.

ConvertMod
Streamclip
DropDV

Aside from that and noise in low light (nnot a factor for me) the FS100 is quite solid for a budget cam.
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Not to hijack the thread or anything, but anyone have any thoughts on the Canon HF10?
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Take it to the top.

I've got about $450 bucks to spend......Watching some dubwerks videos and stuff has me motivated....
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have you checked wagenwerks out yet? They just put up their new h2o video and it's awesome

sorry, don't know much about cameras
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Yes, Was very impressed! I wonder what editing program, effects etc they use.

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Take it to the top.

I've got about $450 bucks to spend......Watching some dubwerks videos and stuff has me motivated....
At that new budget maybe what I have will work. I have a Panasonic SDR-H200, it's good video quality although not HD, does OK for audio with the internal mic, has 3CCD, 30gig internal hard drive but can also record to SD cards. The only real downside I can find is that to transfer the footage to a computer off the hard drive you have to plug the camera into the wall, you can't hook to a computer with the cameras battery in place.
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