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Old March 23rd, 2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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So, HD cameras seem to becomming more mainstream these days. That said they are still quite pricey.

However, HD is getting thrown onto everything and it is quite a buzzword.

i saw the sanyo VPC-WH1YL (waterproof) HD camera in popular photography this month. Street price ~400.

what the heck do i look for in a HD camera besides the type of memory (my lifestyle is not condusive to the more 'fragile' internal HD devices)

for instance this particular camera shoots in MPEG4, does this mean that i am going to lose quality if i try to burn to DVD's?

lastly, i read that dvd's from HD cameras need to be burned and played in blueray players? is this true?

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With AVCHD (almost all camcorders now capture in this file format), you can edit your video quickly and fficiently on your computer, then burn your home movies to a standard DVD for use on your HDTV's blue-ray player. No blue ray yet? watch your videos using a home server, an inexpensive media-player hard drive, or simply thorugh your camcorder with a direct connection to your HDTV.
THAT BEING SAID: i do not have HDTV or blueray, however, i figure in the future i will, so why not get a camcorder that could make movies that might look good on my future television? i currently have one that shoots good images for web use, and fair playback on my oldschool 100 dollar sansui TV, but look like crap when played back on a computer or nicer TV. pixelated etc.


Cliffs notes: what is important when looking at HD camcorders. everything says HD these days. I understand DLSR's, but not camcorders
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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btw, this sanyo camcorder comes in 3 'flavors' higher end, shoots at 1080 ($600), and the waterproof one ($400) shoots 720p at 60 FPS, the higher end one looks really nice, and moderately priced, but for my lifestyle, i like the idea of not having to worry about dirt, water etc, too bad they dont' do this with the more $$ one
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I have a Canon XH A1S and love it. A bit pricy though at $3900
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yea, i would say so... lol
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