Sony HDR-HC5 High Definition Camcorder With 2.7'' LCD Screen - £399.99 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Looks like a great price for this High Def camcorder.... I nearly bought this last month for £519 as virtually all the review sites awarded 8 to 9 out of 10 on it.
It's still £599 at a lot of retailers. PLEASE NOTE - it is NOT a HDD camcorder.

Here are the specs -

Product Description: Sony Handycam HDR-HC5E - camcorder - Mini DV (HDV)
Product Type: Camcorder - Widescreen Video Capture
Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.2 cm x 13.4 cm x 8.2 cm
Weight: 0.53 kg
Media Type: Mini DV (HDV)
Supported Flash Memory: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Sensor Resolution: 2.1 Mpix
Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 1.4 Mpix - Still: 2.0 Mpix
Shooting Modes: Digital photo mode
Lens Aperture: F/1.8-2.9
Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
Focal Length: 5.1 mm - 51 mm
Optical Zoom: 10 x
Digital Zoom: 80 x
Image Stabiliser: Electronic (Super Steady Shot)
Camera Flash: Built-in flash
Microphone: Microphone - built-in - stereo
Viewfinder: LCD monitor - colour - 16:9
Display: LCD display - 2.7" - colour
Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
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I bought one of these just as they came out - once the price had come down to an acceptable £800 from its original £1,300+

It is an excellant camcorder - I did have serious anxieties about the touch screen, and quality of still pictures; but let me reassure folks that those are both great. The only thing I would improve if I could is the number of simultaneous still pictures you can take whilst videoing (which is a super feature). If you set the quality of still picture to maximum (like me) then you can only take 6 stills in whilst videoing). If you want another still picture you have to stop videoing and wait whilst it downloads those 6 pictures to the memory stick. (On my previous Canon MVX200 you could take unlimited stills whilst videoing).

And as the OP stated, HD means it takes High definition video, and NOT Hard Disk.
It ONLY records video to mini DV tape, and still pictures to a Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo card.

So, at £400 it's a steal :thumbsup:
#2
Great deal, but please don't ever consider a video camera for taking stills - it shouldn't be part of the equation, unless you like making your Sunday roast in the microwave.
#3
So tempted... can't afford it though :(

This is the cheapest I've ever seen a HDV camcorder. In my opinion HDV is certainly the way to go until Bluray writers and media come down in price - it's nice having a archiveable hard copy.
#4
But you've missed the very point I was making.

When I have one of my children going up for an award or something and I video it, I also want a photo of the event too. This is not possible if you've taken a video of them walking up on stage, then stop the video, get the still camera, focus and then pick up the video..... your video will only show your child walking up....then walking off.

That is where these camcorders are superb - and the stills are brilliant too.

By the way I speak as a photographer, who still enjoys using my ten 35mm SLR cameras!:thumbsup:

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