Camcorders forum: Best videocamera for stills ($200-400)??

by: curlinggal April 12, 2013 2:40 AM PDT

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Best videocamera for stills ($200-400)??

by curlinggal - 4/12/13 2:40 AM

-I take some video, but more often I take still pictures.

-I prefer to use video cameras because I prefer to "palm" the camera. I am a bit clumsy and I have found I am more steady with this type of model.

-I would prefer a camera whose photos can be enlarged up to 5X7 without much loss of quality - I don't mind if the file size of each picture is large.

-I would love to have the feature of taking 3-10 pictures consecutively, and understand that flash doesn't work with this feature. ( I use the camera with family and for taking yearbook photos [sometimes when subjects are moving].)

-I would prefer to be able to remove an SD card to upload the photos.

-All pcs in my house have Windows 7. I'd prefer to be able to see the photos/videos easily, with little to no conversion.

-Suggestions? I have seen positive points with both Canon and Panasonic products, but I have gotten overwhelmed over the past two hours trying to understand all of the "technical stuff". I'm fairly sure that I aspire to have no less than 10 megapixel quality. I currently have a Canon FS100, but the lens just stopped working. It took OK photos, but the quality wasn't great and I couldn't blow them up very much. I liked the other features, and it was very easy to use, even for my students, with little-no direction.

-Cheers,and thanks so much. I'd like to have time to buy and learn the camera prior to my summer vacation.

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