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    Default Looking 2 buy my first Camcorder - Your help required

    I have a couple of Canon DSLRs and am now looking to buy a Camcorder - my first ever Camcorder!

    I don't want to waste money, so would like to buy right to start with.

    I will be taking a lot of my footage on the water - I'm a fishing guide.

    I have been looking at the spec. for Canon Legria HV40 - due out soon - what do you think?

    Not knowing much about Camcorders, should I go for the above? - or is there better to be found for less money?

    Would footage from the Canon Legria HV40 be easy to edit and add to YouTube?

    Many Thanks!!


    • Video System
    • Recording Medium: HDV
    • Max Recording Time: HDV: 80mins
    • DV: 120mins*

      CCD
    • Type: 1/2.7" CMOS
    • Total pixels: 2.96 megapixel
    • Effective Pixels:
      HDV: Approx 2.07 megapixels
      DV 16:9: Approx 2.07 megapixels
      DV 4:3: Approx 1.55 megapixels
      STILL: 2.76 megapixels
    • Filter: RGB Primary Colour Filter

      Lens
    • Optical Zoom: 10x
    • Digital Zoom: 200x / 40x (selectable)
    • Focal length: 6.1 - 61mm
    • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: HDV: Approx 43.6-436 mm; DV 16:9: Approx 43.6-436 mm; DV 4:3: Approx 53.0-530mm ; STILL 16:9: Approx 43.6-436 mm; STILL 4:3: Approx 40.0-400 mm
    • Maximum aperture: MOVIE: f1.8 to f3.0
    • STILLS: f2.8 to f3.0
    • Minimum focusing distance: 10mm
    • Image Stabilizer: Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Filter diameter: 43mm
    • Wide Attachment: YES (optional WD-H43)

      Image Processor
    • Image Processor: DIGIC DV II

      LCD
    • Screen size: 2.7" widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD
    • Pixels: 211,000 pixels
    • Manual adjustment: Brightness, backlight

      Viewfinder
    • Screen size: 0.27 inch widescreen colour LCD
    • Pixels: 123,000 pixels

      Minimum illumination
    • Minimum Lux.: Approx 0.2 lux (Night Mode)
    • Night Mode: YES

      Focus
    • Auto/Manual: YES / YES
    • Control: AUTO: Instant AF/TV AF
    • MANUAL: Joystick
    • Manual Focus Assist: Magnifying, Peaking

      AE Mode
    • Program AE: 13 Auto, P, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
    • Zebra: YES

      Backlight Compensation
    • Backlight Compensation: YES

      White balance
    • Type: TTL
    • Auto: YES
    • Set/Preset: YES (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H)

      Shutter speed
    • Maximum: 1/2000th sec.
    • Slow: 1/2 sec.

      Memory Card
    • Secure Digital Card: YES (MiniSD)

      Audio
    • System: DV: PCM digital recording (48 kHz/16 bits or 32 kHz/12 bits, selectable)
    • HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II(Sampling frequency: 48 kHz)(Bit rate: 384 kbps)
    • Manual Rec. level control: YES

      Terminal
    • Headphone: YES
    • Microphone: YES
    • USB: USB 2.0 Full Speed
    • DV: YES (In/Out)
    • Direct Print: YES (PictBridge)
    • Analogue-in: YES
    • AV: YES
    • Component: YES
    • HDMI: YES
    • Built-in charger: YES

      Accessory shoe
    • Accessory shoe: YES

      Built-in Video light
    • Built-in Video light: YES

      Built-in Flash
    • Built-in Flash: YES

      PC Connection kit
    • Digital Video Solution Disk: YES (v32)
    • USB cable: YES

      Wireless controller
    • Wireless controller: YES

      Analogue Digital Converter
    • Analogue Digital Converter: YES

      Dimensions
    • W x H x D: 88 x 82 x 138 mm
    • Weight: 535g
    Last edited by Charlie Bettell; 03-17-2009 at 11:11 AM.

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    The HV40 is excellent, and while there's only a few improvements on the HV30 (LCD, and custom key etc.), stock seems to be getting rarer for the HV30 in the UK.

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    HDV tape - a sensible choice. But editing is never easy - even after six years I find it cryptic and time consuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arbeyukay View Post
    The HV40 is excellent, and while there's only a few improvements on the HV30 (LCD, and custom key etc.), stock seems to be getting rarer for the HV30 in the UK.
    Would it not be a simple case of copying footage from Camcorder to PC - then cutting to size using something like AVS Video Editor.

    Once copied from Camcorder to PC - will it be a VOB file?

    I played about cropping a VOB file one of my clients sent me, for use on YouTube, and found it fairly easy.



    Many thanks 4 your help!
    Last edited by Charlie Bettell; 03-17-2009 at 01:39 PM.

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    One other Camcorder that I was looking at was the CANON HG10 40GB HDD HD CAMCORDER.

    CANON HG10 40GB HDD HD CAMCORDER HG-10 HG20 HG21 NEW on eBay, also, Camcorders, Photography (end time 14-Apr-09 16:54:41 BST)

    It's only 340 on eBay!

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    The HV-40 is a great little camcorder but the differences between it and the HV-30 are very small and you may be able to pick up a discounted HV-30, get the same results but at a lower price to you. If you are doing a lot of filming near water,then a waterproof housing of some sort will be needed. From simple bag type covers to something that looks like a miniature submarine may be needed and again the price goes up. You will need a firewire cable to connect the camcorder to your computer, don't use USB. A HDMI connector would be better but I have yet to see a computer with a HDMI card installed in it, does such a beast exist? Your file won't be .vob it will be .avi if you set it to that during capture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bettell View Post
    One other Camcorder that I was looking at was the CANON HG10 40GB HDD HD CAMCORDER.

    CANON HG10 40GB HDD HD CAMCORDER HG-10 HG20 HG21 NEW on eBay, also, Camcorders, Photography (end time 14-Apr-09 16:54:41 BST)

    It's only 340 on eBay!
    Can anybody give me any advice regarding the above Camcorder - i.e. the HG10.

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