Help with choosing my first Camcorder

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      Please help. Which one is better?

      Canon Vixia HF R400 Specs
      Sensor : 3,280,000 Pixels (1/4.85" CMOS (RGB))
      Lens : 32.5mm – 1,723 mm (Advanced Zoom : ON)
      Resolution : 1080p/60p @ 35mbps (4.375MB/s) MPEG-4 (*.MP4)
      Aperture : f/1.8 – f/4.5
      Sound Quality : IDK.
      Touch Screen : YES.
      Battery : Lithium Ion – 3.6v 1.840 mAh (84 Mins)

      JVC Everio GZ-V500 Specs
      Sensor : 3,320,000 Pixels (1/4.1" BSI CMOS)
      Lens : 32.8 mm to 594.5 (Dynamic Zoom : ON)
      Resolution : 1080p/60p @ 24mbps (3.000MB/s) AVCHD (*.MTS)
      Aperture : f/1.2 – f/5.6
      Sound Quality : 48Khz @ 256 kbps
      Touch Screen : YES.
      Battery : Lithium Ion – 3.7v 1,200 mAh (48 Mins)

       

       

      I can but the Canon from almost anywhere.

      I can buy the JVC from QVC, Amazon, or Crutchfield.

       

      Can you please help me choose which one is better? I don't want to spend a million dollars, it's just going to be used for filming family events during the holiday season, tutorials for YouTube, outside events, etc. etc.

    • #209235
      Avatarbrunerww
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      Hi Guest3123 – I would get the $199 Canon HF R400, a mic and a set of headphones.  One thing Canon offers in this price class (that comparable JVC, Sony and Panasonic camcorders lack) is a headphone jack.  If you want to make instructional videos for YouTube, you'll want clean sound – and the best way to get it is with an external mic and headphone monitoring.

       

      Hope that is helpful and Happy Thanksgiving!

       

      Bill

      Hybrid Camera Revolution

       

       

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