Best Video Camera for railfanning

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Best Video Camera for railfanning

Post by MR77100 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:17 am

After my Sony 8mm handycam went MIA, I am trying to find a worthy replacement. I was considering one of those hard drive camcorders, but I hear they do not trace moving objects well. Any suggestions?
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Post by railohio » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:52 pm

All my friends swear by the Canon GL1. I can't vouch for it myself as I'm not shooting video, but if four of them agree on it that's gotta say something.
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Post by MR77100 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:13 pm

I actually am looking for a Sony.
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Post by MEC407 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:03 am

As with still cameras, choosing the right one depends greatly on how much money you want to spend. Giving us an idea of your budget will make it easier for us to give you a recommendation.
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Post by MR77100 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:59 pm

Say $500 at the most, but I want something with bells and whistles. I heard the mini DV cameras are easy to work with.
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Post by LNJ614 » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:33 pm

Actually if you can get a panasonic PV-gs500 would be a great camcorder or the sony HC-96 would do just fine. The panasonic is a 3 chip machine witha 1/8000 shutter speed. Hope that gives you a little insight. The only drawback is that they cost more than 500 dollars.

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Post by LNJ614 » Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:51 am

Hey , I was doing more research and panasonic has a new mini dv camcoreder call the GS320 for under 500 dollars. Sony has 3 mini dv camcorders for under 500 as well that should fit your needs just fine. (HC-26,HC38 and the HC38.) Hope that helps you

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Post by keeper1616 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:12 am

I've never been a big fan of mini-dv or any tape-based digital system. I had a bad experience a few years ago with the camera eating the tape.

The best I could recommend is the sony sr-82. Its hard-drive based, a little higher than you were looking ($799 retail), but you should be able to find it cheaper. (I found some for $549)
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Post by JhnZ33 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:48 pm

keeper1616 wrote:I've never been a big fan of mini-dv or any tape-based digital system. I had a bad experience a few years ago with the camera eating the tape.

The best I could recommend is the sony sr-82. Its hard-drive based, a little higher than you were looking ($799 retail), but you should be able to find it cheaper. (I found some for $549)
If you plan on editing, assembling and outputting the video to DVD, you should stick with MiniDV. MiniDV format is compatible with ALL video editing systems, unlike some other camera formats.

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Post by chuckmitchell » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:17 am

I use a JVC MiniDV camcorder, and it is easy to use, and It has great recording quality. Sound, and everything. All for about $365 or so.

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Post by Peter Radanovic » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:08 am

I use a Panasonic Mini DV for all of my railfanning-videos.
I have to ride seven kilometers to get to my railfanning-spot... and other teens think they have it hard!

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