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Best camcorder for £200-£250

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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Please can someone help- I'm bamboozled already by trying to choose a camcorder. Would prefer something that I can edit on my PC and the best quality possible. Something compact and preferable SDcard or HDD

Many thanks
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago

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If your pc is older you probably don't want an "hd" one as you wont be able to watch/edit the footage very well.
I use a Samsung MX20. Probably around the £150 at the moment. It uses SD cards, so not a HDD, but at the moment I've got a 16gb card in, so it's more than enough.

Starts up within a handful of seconds, good battery life, dead easy to use, nice and light and compact. Didn't cost a fortune, so if you drop it and damage it, it won't cause too many tears.

Whip the SD card out when you're done recording and use a card reader rather than plugging USB directly into the camcorder - nice and quick uploading clips onto your PC. I think the bundled software is called something like Mediashow - straightforward to use.

I did have a JVC HDD camcorder a couple of years ago - better quality and more expensive, but couldn't get to grips with the software and it seemed to take a fair amount of time uploading the clips to the PC.

Summary - good value for money, easy to use, shoots good quality images. (doesn't take still pics though)
ok I've also been looking at the JVC MS120 or MG330. The former has 2 SD slots and will switch between them, the latter has 30GB plus micro HC SD
The Panasonic camcorders usually produce good results. Have a look around and see if you can find a Panasonic with 3CCD technology. The 3 separate CCDs make a lot of difference to the colour.
think im down to the JVC Everio GZ-MG33 or MS120 (still deciding on HDD vs SD card and will come down to price) or Panasonic S26/H80 (again HDD or SD depending on price)

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