Need help choosing a camcorder


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10 Mar 2008
I have been doing a lot of searching for a camcorder that would suit my needs and was just wondering what all of you thought. I would like to keep the price under $1000. I have a newer windows xp computer and would like to be able to record and edit my video as well as transfer it to dvd without loosing quality. I have looked at a lot of the cameras such as the hg10, hv20, hv30 hdr-sr10, HDR-CX7, VDR-D300, etc. All of them seem like excellent cameras but they all seem to be lacking in the optical zoom category. I have noticed you cant really find a higher dollar camera with 20X+ optical zoom unless you are willing to spend several thousand dollars. Finding a 30X+ optical zoom camera for under $400 is extremely easy though. I would like to be able to zoom to at least 20X but unless this is optical then im afraid that i will lose my quality.

If the camera is high def. will i be able to possibly get to the 20X with a little digital zoom help with a 10X optical camera without poor picture quality?

I was initially thinking about a hard drive camcorder because of the ease of just record everything to hard drive but reading reviews about how transferring to dvd will hurt the quality made me change my mind. I am thinking that miniDV would be a much better option, so i started really leaning toward the hv20 or hv30 but reviews on the hv20 have lead me to believe that the audio quality is very poor? How bad is it?

I am not fixed on any one camera or brand. The ones above are just some of the higher rated cameras that i have looked into. What would you all recommend?
look into hdv cameras, we have a hv10 in the office and it is a very good camera. we also have some 10k ones but i think thats probably a no go. the hv's i believe are all optical zooms the hv10 is at least.
At this point I would go with a harddrive based cam, wither from Sony or JVC. At least a 20 to 30x optical zoom is preferred, and stereo sound, if not DTS sound, is a must.

Sony options:

JVC options:

i would not go with a HardDrive camera if you plan to edit the footage later, these camera's generally record in mpeg4 which is really hard to edit if you dont have the right equipment. i would use a dv tape camera as the quality and sound are both hi.

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