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Need an entry level HD camcorder under $200

post #1 of 6
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I would like to keep it under $150 if possible, but if there is something really great under the $200 mark that would be fine too.

Basically, I am looking for an HD camcorder (1080p is not necessary, 720p should be enough) which I can use to make some video reviews and put them on Youtube. I will be using it in my room 90% of the time, and I have pretty strong lights in my room so lighting won't be a problem.

I would prefer if it has some type of Optical zoom, since I will be zooming in from time to time. Also, I would like something which takes SD memory as I have a 8GB Class 10 SD memory card.

I know it won't be the best camera in the world at this price, but there has to be something. I hate people who enter the thread and say "Every camcorder under $500 is junk". Please, just try and stay on topic with things in my price range.

So far all I found were some ones on Amazon, but ratings for them weren'tthe best.

What would you guys recommend?
post #2 of 6
Any of the panasonic LUMIX range smile.gif

the tz-8 SHOULD be available cheap as it;s 'last generation' .
I have the SAME calss 10 card from mymemory --- works like a charm with my TZ-5
They're got 10x optical zoom , and I think the tz-7 has a 12 MP sensor -- 1/1.8inch . which is FINE :/ And it does away with noise reduction algos, leaving it upto you

You should be able to get one from amazon.com

EPIC : the tz-10 is for 190 USD smile.gif
have fun
[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-Lumix-TZ10-Digital-Camera/dp/B0031MA0ZE/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1310991358&sr=1-2"]HERE !![/ame]

I couldn't love panasonic more wink.gif
the best you'll get under 200$ smile.gif

EDIT : now feel foolish , you want a camcorder :/ well , the tz-10 will work just fine smile.gif camcorders are so outdated frown.gif everything now comes with SSDs and I would NOT recommend anything under 300$ .. my bad frown.gif

ASK THIS GUY ---> here

Sure knows his cameras !
Edited by 0razor1 - 7/18/11 at 5:20am
post #3 of 6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 0razor1;14255823 
Any of the panasonic LUMIX range smile.gif

the tz-8 SHOULD be available cheap as it;s 'last generation' .
I have the SAME calss 10 card from mymemory --- works like a charm with my TZ-5
They're got 10x optical zoom , and I think the tz-7 has a 12 MP sensor -- 1/1.8inch . which is FINE :/ And it does away with noise reduction algos, leaving it upto you

You should be able to get one from amazon.com

EPIC : the tz-10 is for 190 USD smile.gif
have fun
HERE !!

I couldn't love panasonic more wink.gif
the best you'll get under 200$ smile.gif

EDIT : now feel foolish , you want a camcorder :/ well , the tz-10 will work just fine smile.gif camcorders are so outdated frown.gif everything now comes with SSDs and I would NOT recommend anything under 300$ .. my bad frown.gif

ASK THIS GUY ---> here

Sure knows his cameras !

That wasn't a camcorder... and it was £189.99, not USD tongue.gif
post #4 of 6
im not posting camcorders are crap because there are a bunch out there that are really good. in all honesty in that price range look at panasonic or canon they make great camcorders. all of them perform great. just go on B&H or amazon and pick the one that has the features you need. i dont work with camcorders often so i dont know which one is better than the others but for the most part they all perform about the same with some differences in low light performance and zoom as well as storage methods. should not be hard to find one you like if you look around for a few minutes wink.gif

not going to lie. but in that budget i personally would look at a flip camera and keep whats left over so you can save some money and get a little tripod or something. they have great image quality for the price

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Flip-UltraHD-Video-Camera-Generation/dp/B0040702HA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311018400&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL: Camera & Photo[/ame]
Edited by Conspiracy - 7/18/11 at 12:47pm
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Oh lol , must have been high smile.gif
let it pass smile.gif am in a habit of ordering off amazon.uk
Thats What I was wondering ,,. why in the world would it be that cheap tongue.gif
post #6 of 6
feel free to repost what you really need out of the camera or update your budget tongue.gif

you know when your able to make more rational posts lololol lachen.gif
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