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Old May 23rd, 2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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Best sub 500 GBP camera

Hi guys,

a friend of mine is looking to get a camera for general familty/holiday stuff etc...

His budget is 500 (750 usd approx) max, so the canon HV30 is out - as that goes for at least 600 not counting eBay.,

He's not too fussed about HDV vs avchd, not too fussed about HDD V tape V mem cards.

I had a quick look on the boards but coudn't find a similar thread so apologies if this has been asked before.

The only cameras in this area I have personal experience with the Sony HC-1, but thats a bit dated now.

As I understand it avchd is slightly less in quailty compared to HDV?

MY friend wont really be doing any editing, so thats not much of an issue.

So to recap, I'm looking for the best sub 500 ($750) HD camcorder.

Thanks in advance

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Old May 26th, 2009, 01:38 AM   #2
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The recent Panasonics look very good, and I think some of them are below 500. Amazon have the HDC-SD20 for around 400, and it's had some good reviews.

Alternatively, a used HG10/HV30 would be a good bet.

Frankly, unless you're pro or semi-pro, I don't think the quality difference between AVCHD and HDV is material.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #3
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A chap who isn't doing any editing maybe should go for a mega-automatic everything ...

A friend showed me a low cost AVCHD cam which would suffice for holidays and family stuff etc - JVC GZ-HD10 40GB. It costs about 400.
- Canon LEGRIA HG20/HG21 - about 360 - 440.

It boils down to Canon, Panasonic and Sony for the safe bets. But there will be others that would be fine.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 01:20 PM   #4
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Nothing wrong with AVCHD image quality vs. HDV... IMO the Sony AVCHD cameras "look" better than the earlier HDV offerings in the consumer space (the HC9 is now about two years "old", and even the HV40 is an updated HV20... no new HDV consumer cams on the horizon, and I doubt we'll see any) but you need a strong computer if you are intending to edit, or a good storage scheme to archive.

Buying used is probably a fairly safe bet on anything produced within the last couple years. Canons tend to resell at lower ratios to original price, and there's lots of pretty decent options there, Sony has some good cameras, and I think they released a CX100 that's new and in about the right price range - not a lot of manual control, but pretty good automatic function. Even the Sanyos seem to get good reviews, so lots of "options".
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