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Re: Digital Video Camcorders?


From: Melissa Enderle (melissaenderle_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 07 2003 - 13:40:24 PST

Digital camcorders:
I have had a Sony TRV10 camcorder for about 3 years now. Itıs traveled with
me to many places, documenting my travels to Timbuktu, Dogon, and now in
* If I were to buy a new camcorder now, I would look at the smaller size
miniDV digital camcorders. They have shrunk in both size and cost.
* While not as small as the microDV camcorders, they are cheaper and have
adequate image quality. The small size probably means that I would take it
with me on more occasions ­ itıs more portable and less obtrusive.
* I would want to try out the controls and how it fits in my hand though ­
especially important if you have kids with large hands.
* My ideal camcorder would have a larger screen that is easy to view, even
in bright light. It would also have still photo (to memory card) capability,
hopefully at least 2 megapixel resolution.
* I really liked the easy exposure adjustment, allowing me to fine-tune more
challenging lighting situations. My Sony took GREAT sunset images (both
still and movie).
* It would have firewire capability and must be iMovie compliant.
* I would look for a camcorder which had tape-changing located other than
underneath. It took precious time to unscrew the tripod, get to and open the
tape slot, then finally screw on the tripod again.
* From the reviews that Iıve read, Canon and Sony cameras get good reviews.

Hope that helps!

On 3/5/03 10:58 PM, "Alix Peshette" <> wrote:

> Hi Gang,
> I'm just about to buy a few digital video camcorders for my computer classes.
> I'm looking at cameras under $500. A few questions to those of you who
> already use digital video camera:
> What features do you like the best on your camera?
> What features to you wish you had bought that you don't have?
> What media format do you use? Pro's and con's?
> What general advice would you give?
> Many thanks!
> Alix E. Peshette
> Technology Coordinator
> Emerson Junior High School
> Davis, CA

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