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    Hi,

    Iím trying to select a camcorder for agency work (online magazine content Ė so we donít need professional quality video, although the quality needs to be good) and am hoping to get some suggestions.

    Our budget is around £600 (for the camera Ė we allocated a stack more for batteries, cards, etc) and we had shortlisted the Sony SR11 and the Panasonic SD100 Ė and were heading for the latter. The SR11 suffers from poor battery life and, unfortunately, the card-version (the CX11?) doesnít have the options to run an external mic and headphones. In contrast the the SD100 seems to tick all of the usability functions (itís size is a big plus), but only appears to capture in full HD format and the option to capture directly to mpeg (or similar Ė for posting direct to the web, without editing) would be beneficial.

    So if we need a card-based camcorder with good battery life, external accessories and the option to capture good video in a variety of formats, all for £600-ish, are there any other cameras we should looking atÖ The Canon HF100 looks like another option.

    Any thoughts would be gratefully received.

    Cheers, Mombee.

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    Real cameras use tape.

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    Hi Mark,

    thanks for the moderated opinion... any ideas of a specific camera that fits the criteria?

    I should have added that the portability of the Panasonic appeals, as we'll be carrying a stack of mag stuff with us for shoots as well,

    Cheers, Mombee.

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    If you really MUST have instant transfer then card is the way to go - but they compress the video more and the files can be fiddly to edit - ensure your chosen s ware supports the format.

    Just about all modern cameras are super duper so I advise you choose on feel and function. And DO get a mic input if you think sound will matter at all - cam mikes are a joke.

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    Hi,

    agreed the idea of a very portable, card-based camcorder should have benefits - and we're budgeting for the software to edit the video.

    In theory, the Panasonic should be ideal, but it only seems to capture video in AVCHD format, whereas the Sony will capture in the following:

    High Definition, AVCHD (1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080) / Standard Definition, MPEG2

    In the field, where we're doing a shoot and editting quickly to get content online, this means that editting will be reduced significantly.

    However, as you point out, he external mics and headphones are key - and again we've budgetted for clip-mics, uni-directional mic and 'proper' headphones.

    If there aren't any options to these two cameras, then the Panasonic SD100 will get the nod in terms of it's size and battery-life... and we'll just accept that there will be limits on what we can do away from the office.

    Cheers, Mombee.

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