I'm toying with the idea of buying a digital camcorder but I'm not sure about what I really need. I don't aim to be the next "Spielberg", I just want to make movies of the kids etc. on days out and at home. A fairly good quality one is obviously a requirement, but not one that has that many buttons that I don't know what to do with them! By the same token, I also want one that handles contrasting light conditions well and if possible automatically. Whats's best, DV, DVD? I'll pay up to approx £500. Any help/suggestions appreciated.
You might get some advice here, there might be some digital camcorder experts in here, who knows. But if you get stuck then I suggest checking out either a dedicated Forum or a reviews magazine. I might be wrong here but I thing Which do a magazine for camcorders. If they do then its probably excellent and worth a read. Don't fancy buying a magazine then check your local library, they may stock it. Just some suggestions, as I say you may get some answers here.
I must admit I was shocked at the prices in Stuartlis link. I had no idea that you could get digital camcorders so cheap. Its definately worth a look if you want one. I had thought they started at £250-300 for a budget one. Morgan do get some good deals though.
I've done that Group FC, and the shear number that turns up is staggering. I just thought that people on this board may have suggestions based on what they have bought or seen. Just looked at the JVC Evario hard drive type and they look good.
I suggest that you do the rounds of your local camera shops,not to buy , but to handle the cameras to get the feel of what is on offer. What suits the hands of one person does not always suit another. when you have made your choice then look on the internet for the best prices. You can get a very good camera for around the £250 mark or less.But the more you get in a camera the more it will cost. E.g a memory card to allow you to take stills is useful addition.