Canon camcorder for around 600$

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    • #49040

      More or less need to stick on this budget of 600$.

      I have been considering getting the Canon HG20 — but I’m not sure since it slightly out-dated and is hard to find by retailers.

      Another one I was considering was the Canon HF S200.

      I would like the camera to have a good manual focus lens for DOF, a reasonable amount of optical zoom, HD 1080p quality, and possibly the ability to do an alright job in semi-low light conditions.

    • #200991

      HV 40 tape-based has always received positive comments.

    • #200992

      Do you know of any similar that use flash memory or HDD storage?

      (Not sure if HDD storage is always safe though, with moving parts and all)

    • #200993

      Alex: I own an HF S200, I am happy with it. I don’t think manual focus has any control over DOF, I believe that aperture settings controls that. Plenty of manual and automatic controls for a newbie like me to play with and learn. With good lighting you can achieve near broadcast quality results with this camera. Outdoor shots are crisp and colors are excellent. From the reviews I read before I purchased the camera, Canon’s consumer camcorders for the most part are not tops in low light conditions, but still very good. If most of your shooting will be under sub-par lighting conditions you may want to check out Sony or Panasonic, otherwise I’d say you will be very happy with the Canon. I know I am. As Earl said, the HV40 is also another good one, but don’t confuse tape based with HDD. The HV40 records to tape, not a hard drive. There are pro and cons for both flash and tape, so do your research. I went with the flash based for the speed and ease of transferring files to my PC for editing. It also helps to have a PC (or Mac) with a fast processors, good graphics card and plenty of memory. Hope this helps..

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      I have both the Canon HV40 and the Canon HF S21, which is the same as the S200optics-wise. Both shoot excellent video the HV40 in HDV and the S200 in AVCHD. I chose the newer Canon becauseof the large LCD screen which is important as one grows older ;-)I use both together when I do event video.When I have to do something quikly, I will grab the HV40 as I am morefamiliar with it, and Ifind the touch screen more finicky to use.

      Ibelieve the S200 is being replaced by a newer, more expensive model, so now you can getgood deals onthe S200 so that seems to be a good buy. It has a smaller accessory foot which can present some problems.

    • #200995

      i have used the hfs100 which shoots to sdhc cards and it has done me very well as a high end consumer hd camera. if you are worried about depth of field just look into a 35mm adapter they along with the hfs100 produce some very cinematic looks.

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