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Video Cameras

Any thoughts on video cameras?
16 years ago, September 30th 2006 No: 1 Msg: #7643  
Any recommendations on what ones are good..or is it even worth getting for travelling?
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16 years ago, October 4th 2006 No: 2 Msg: #7734  
Definitely worth getting one for traveling....but bring a still digital as well...there are plenty of places that will pull your pictures off onto CD for you if your card fills up. Make sure you bring extra tapes and batteries with you though, those things might be harder to find. Oh and don't forget a converter for plugging it in at night to recharge. In a lot of hotels in Thailand the power goes out when you leave the room so you wouldn't be able to charge while you are out but at night you could.

There are so many options out there on which ones, I wouldn't know where to begin...everyone has their own preferences. We have a Canon digital camcorder that records onto digital tape and has a card for pictures. It is much smaller than our last one. We didn't want the little DVDs so we went with the tape and the transfer seems to be pretty easy in both directions. You really just need to go to a store and figure out what the options are compared to your wants and desires to get a camera that fits your needs. Reply to this

16 years ago, October 6th 2006 No: 3 Msg: #7773  
Personally, I have to say that, unless you're a skilled videographer, I'd go with a digital camera over a camcorder any day. This is based on my own experiences, the experiences of friends, and the - I hate to say it - handful of videos I've had to sit through in the past. It's always hard to capture a trip on any sort of film, but I know very few novice photographers who can really do a trip justice with a camcorder. That's not to say you plan on putting together one of those classic, blow-by-blow accounts of every last museum, monument and ruin visited ("Here's Doris standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial...now here she is in front of the Capitol...now, for the next twenty minutes, I'm going to slowly scroll over names on the Vietnam War Memorial.") Still, for my money and time, I'd rather snap some nice stills and - for those you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it moments - take a video on my digi. Not exactly high quality, pop-it-in-the-VCR type stuff, but something I can chuckle over on my laptop and email to friends.

Also, while some might suggest you bring both, I think that would be a hassle more than anything. I can't imagine the headaches of trying to decide, at that one perfect moment, whether you should be filming a video or snapping some stills...or figuring out a way to do both. I just have all sorts of slapstick images in my head of someone paddling down the Amazon, fumbling with a camcorder in one hand and a digi in the other.

Although, come to think of it, if you decide to go that route, make sure you have someone snapping a few shots of you as you do it. Then send us the pics. 😊

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16 years ago, October 6th 2006 No: 4 Msg: #7780  
Hahaha, But what you dont realise, travelgator, is that i have 3 hands..so multi tasking has never been an issue for me :-)

What you're saying, though, makes a lot of sense. I forgot all about the video function on digital cameras. that would do the job perfectly for a novice like myself. i was thinking more along the lines of recording various messy nights out, Jackie Chan type scenes where i fend off muggers and what not (my 3rd hand would come in useful for such occasions!).

Money contraints, which i didnt realise i had when first posting this thread, will also not allow for both camcorder and camera....

Conclusion = 1 multifunctional Digital camera.

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