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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a camcorder for use in kenya on safari.

    I have a budget of 400 and need suggestions really.

    I have heard that DVD camcorders are very good. Would you agree?

    One that has taken my fancy is the Canon DC100. Is this any good? or is there a better one available for 400.

    I'm a real novice when it comes to this as its been years since I last brought one, so I would be immensly grateful if someone could either point me in the right direction or give a suggestion.

    Thanks very much

    Chris

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    Check this out. http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1884...tml?srcid=1035

    This is a fantastic little camera, it is a 3 chip (CCD) camera (tape not DVD) so you will have to edit on computer if you want to burn to DVD OR you can plug it straight into the TV. I have the smaller version of this camera that I use for family holidays etc. I also have a canon XL1s and the little pani's picture quality is not far off the canons set to auto. (plus tape lasts longer than DVD disks).
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    I would avoid dvd unless the convenience is paramount.

    The quality is not as good as dv, much lower bit rate and they can be a pain to edit.

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    I would also recommend staying away from DVD camcorders as they use MPEG compression and squeeze the picture quality just too much for my liking especially at the recording stage. Mini DV still gives the best quality and yes the 3CCD system does offer benefits as any system that splits up the picture into its separate parts and processes them is better than one that doesn't. You say you are going on safari, does the 400 pounds cover a good carrying bag, a couple of batteries, recording tapes and a head cleaner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrissp26
    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a camcorder for use in kenya on safari.

    I have a budget of 400 and need suggestions really.

    I have heard that DVD camcorders are very good. Would you agree?

    One that has taken my fancy is the Canon DC100. Is this any good? or is there a better one available for 400.

    I'm a real novice when it comes to this as its been years since I last brought one, so I would be immensly grateful if someone could either point me in the right direction or give a suggestion.

    Thanks very much

    Chris
    If you do not want to edit your video and want to watch it directly after filming, get a dvd.

    But if you want to edit, use miniDV tapes.
    Stay away from hard disks camcorder.

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