Camcorders that caught my eye
Here is an ad from Circuit City that I saw this cameras information and price of 399 which is what started me out thinking that perhaps I could get something decent for that amount of money, I did not notice at first but it is refurbished however that does not really turn me off if it is a good unit, perhaps you will be familiar with it. I just copied and pasted the ad for this one camera here for your examination, there are a few others that are a tiny bit more expensive that may have more features.....
Canon HG10 HD Video Camcorder - Refurbished
The name Canon has always meant photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon's new High Definition video camcorders are no exception. Add to that, our Canon Exclusives. Canon has long been a leader in bringing advanced features to its products, taking advantage of our superiority in optics and image processing. Thanks to a continuing effort to make better video easier to create, we've included a variety of these advanced and exclusive features only available in a Canon camcorder to help you do just that.
The Canon HG10 AVCHD Format Hard Disk Drive Camcorder delivers high definition technology with the effortless ease of recording video directly onto a hard disk. Incorporating the latest AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format, it puts superb image reproduction and advanced features at your fingertips in a compact AVCHD Format HDD camcorder, which means you'll carry it everywhere you want to capture the special moments in your life in true HD.
Among the Canon Exclusive features on the HG10 are Canon's own Full HD CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor. More exclusives are SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Instant Auto Focus and our new 2.7" Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD. With the Genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the HG10 is the right choice in HDD camcorders.
Image Resolution: 1920 x 1440
Movie Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Recording Definition: High Definition
Memory Included: 40GB Internal
Storage Media Type: Internal Hard Disk
Movie File Format: AVCHD
Optical Zoom: 10x
Digital Zoom: 200x
Focus Mode: Instant AF, Through the lens, Manual focusing possible
LCD Monitor: 2.7 inches
LCD Coverage: 100%
Maximum Aperture: f 1.8 - 3.0
White Balance Control: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Shade, Fluorescent H
Shooting Modes: Portrait
Movie Image Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Video Out: Component, Composite
Battery Form Factor: BP-2L13 Battery Pack
Batteries Included: Yes
Depth: 5.1 inches
Features: Optical Image Stabilization
I guess at least the one thing with the one time project I want to do wont work well with the Hard Drive format, but this is what I saw in that price range.
I was assuming that there would be an obvious choice to select to edit the video when transferring to a DVD capable of playing in home DVD players depending on which camera I ended up with.
I like the idea of easy media storage like flash but not poor quality images resulting from over compression.
There are several others on sale within 100.00 of this example, what could I expect from a camera such as this example?
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