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    OK have decided we need a camcorder thing for our Disney trip. But having not touched one of these since they took full size VHS tapes I'm a bit in the dark about them. So some help needed please.

    Here's our criteria

    SMALL!!!
    External storage
    Some kind of optical zoom

    We're looking for something that will give a decent image when played back on TV - not really needing professional quality but something that takes a "nice" picture.

    Budget is 300 though could possibly stretch that if it was REALLY worth it.

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    Are you looking at some sort of flip-type mini-corder, or a full DV tape camcorder?
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    Open to all suggestions that don't need a suitcase to carry them around.

    Might get one of those little kodak jobbies we're all drooling over in Skywatcher's thread to play with but if there's something out there with zoom and a few more features then I'm interested.

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    How much are you anticipating Videoing? Would a better stills camera which has HD recording capacity work better?
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    No idea. We haven't owned one so don't really know how much we'll use it. I suspect we'll use it a lot with a 7 year old in many theme parks though.

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    i still prefer the mini dv tapes dawn, the footage is crystal clear, easy to make movies to burn to dvd, media is cheap. you have masters of all the movies, unlike other formats once deleted. and a sony everytime for me...mine is about 4in sq fits in your back pocket. every one a plus for what i want
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 213301
    i still prefer the mini dv tapes dawn, the footage is crystal clear, easy to make movies to burn to dvd, media is cheap. you have masters of all the movies, unlike other formats once deleted. and a sony everytime for me...mine is about 4in sq fits in your back pocket. every one a plus for what i want
    well im going to say that my sanyo picture is crystal clear and they is no way im going to lug dv tapes on my next trip

    infact it was perfect to record everything from the water parks to the water rides to normal recording

    i managed to record lots of things that i wouldnt of be able to do with my dv camcorder

    sd cards are cheap now a days so didnt cost much to get extra memory
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    I'd go with a mini one, we're not looking for cinematic quality, just capturing some moving memories, and if you can do that with no moving parts in a box the size of a small mobile then bingo - put the other 250 towards something else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 213310
    I'd go with a mini one, we're not looking for cinematic quality, just capturing some moving memories, and if you can do that with no moving parts in a box the size of a small mobile then bingo - put the other 250 towards something else
    yeah agreed
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    The main advantage of SD cards is the price of them now-a-days However, I do like DV tapes for the reasons that Mick states.

    It really does depend on what you want, though. If you're going to film AND take photos, I'd perhaps go with Keith's suggestion and get a camera that also does HD video I've never come across a video camera that takes nice pictures but I've seen plenty of cameras that take stunning videos.

    I don't know how much they are, but some of the DSLR cameras now do HD videos too I'm guessing they'll be more about 400/500, though
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