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Old Monday 28th January 2008, 08:20   #1
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Question Best camcorder?

Can anybody recommend the best current model digital camcorder for birding trip use? I would like it to be reasonably compact, with decent quality optical zoom, image stabilised with a good battery life. If it digiscopes (to a Kowa 883) all well and good but not essential. Maximum price 500.

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Old Monday 28th January 2008, 08:58   #2
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Canon HV20 gets a good review, i think it's around 550 though but if you look around i'm sure you can get it for under 500.

No idea about videoscoping though!
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 20:11   #3
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Mini camcorder ...

If you start looking at Canon cameras, take a look at the Official Canon E-Bay Outlet. I picked up a nice (refurbed) handy-camcorder there for 70 recently, saving well over 150. The models offered vary from time to time - and it's an auction, so prices are variable .....

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 12:49   #4
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I'm taking my newly purchased Panasonic SR H20 to Costa Rica next week so if you can wait 3 - 4 weeks I'll let you know how it performs.

About 190.00 at the moment, 32 x optical zoom, stupid digital zoom magnification. 30 gig Hard disk giving 7 hours recording at best quality filming. Also takes SD HC cards, I'm taking an additional 3 x 4gb cards - just in case - at about 50 mins per card at best quality. Also got image stabilizer and colour filming option for low light (not total darkness)

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Old Thursday 6th August 2009, 13:34   #5
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At the moment there isn't such a thing as a 'best wildlife videocamera', at least not if compact size and cost are brought into the equation.

High def cameras offer the best quality picture - but don't come with high optical zooms, unless you are willing to fork out for the prosumer models, which cost several grand and aren't exactly compact.

Take your pick. High zoom, low(er) resolution SD or High resolution, low zoom HD...
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Someone using Canon FS200?

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