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Old 08-22-2007, 08:36 AM   #1
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Question digital video camera... ?

My oldest son has started drag racing his WRX...

my old sony handycam has bit the dust and we are looking at buying a digital video camera..

we must be able to interface with a PC..

any sugguestions?

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Old 08-22-2007, 12:38 PM   #2
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I bought my Fiance a Sony Cyber-Shot 7.2 mega pixel camera for a little over $300 at Wall-Mart. I made these videos using that camera. It's cheaper now...
http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Sony%20C...pdid:59,pos:10
http://www.wranglerforum.com/general...top-10690.html
http://www.wranglerforum.com/general...deo-10654.html

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Old 08-22-2007, 12:40 PM   #3
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Yeah man...
The day before yeasterday, for like $149 at office max, I bought a new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S700...
This damn thing does everything. Video with sound, all kinds of different light settings, 3x optical zoom feature, 7.2 mega pixels... It freakin' rocks!
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Look at my videos! This was an advertisement!
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Hehe...Your vids look great! Oh crap! Now I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
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You don't have the skills! But yeah Vector, one of these cameras and video editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker, and you'll be able to catch all the action of those drag races. Be sure to post them when you make a cool vid.
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for the money, a MiniDV camcorder is the best option IMO. direct connection to computer via firewire/ieee 1394 cable. you can pick up a MiniDV camcorder with the highest available optical zoom (40x) on the market for any camcorder for $300. 34x optical zoom for $250. a MiniDV camcorder will take great video and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
the next best option would be a camcorder with built-in hard drive for storage. video can be directly uploaded to the computer via USB similar to a regular digital camera. the least expensive you'll see one of these is $400 on sale. that market really just gets going at $500-$600. the optical zoom standard here is currently 10x. so basically, you are paying a lot more for the hard drive function (vs. MiniDV tapes or DVDs) and sacrificing options...such as zoom. to get one with a decent amount of storage space, you're going to pay a lot more than $500. once the drive is full, you have to upload it to your computer or burn to DVD so you can continue filming.
DVD camcorders are priced higher than MiniDV, once again with less features and less overall value. they are great if all you want to do is record and slap in the DVD player right away. if you are interested in editing the video at all, it's not a good option. you will first record to the DVD, then you will need to buy software to rip the dvd info to the computer, then you will need more software to convert the file into something you can manage on your computer with editing software, edit the video, and finally record onto a second final DVD. in the end, it will take 2 blank DVDs, and 2 pieces of software...all on top of the initial purchase price.

no question i prefer MiniDV to the other two recording formats (Hard Drive and DVD). they are the "older" technology/media so MiniDV is priced a lot cheaper, you get more functions and options for half the price of other media, when you run out of recording space out in the "field" you just swap in another tape...you don't have to immediately upload to your computer to free up the space, etc.

for you, recording drag racing, the main thing you are going to want to shop for is optical zoom. you are going to get the best zoom possible going with a MiniDV camcorder. you will miss a lot of possible close-ups down the track with a hard drive camcorder with only 10x zoom.
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:06 PM   #8
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if i was to buy a camcorder today in the non-Hi Def. sub $350 range (not that you stated a budget, just have to cut it off somewhere), it would be between these two....

#1 - http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/JVC-M...oductDetail.do
has built-in light, 34x optical zoom, records in 16:9 ratio, has firewire connection to upload video, USB to upload stills, SD memory card slot (
#2 - http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-...oductDetail.do
has 40x optical zoom, image stabilization, good lens

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