Yea, the first segment with the animals is rushed, but I wanted a 30 second limit and I do not have a camera yet to do my own video. Well, I have the Bloggie, but I hate the touch screen.
The Nikon you suggested is about $700 isn't it?
Is there a $400 or less camcorder or DSLR type camera that does the following.
1) 1080P at 30p for at least 20 minutes per segment potential.
2) Good sound with external microphone jack. Headphone jack preferred but not a deal breaker.
3) Rugged, simple construction with big knobs and dials, etc. I HATE tiny little parts and switches.
4) I do not care about still quality, so I do not need a fancy sensor. I do want HIGH CONTRAST.
5) I want it to be as BIG and rugged as possible.
6) It should be as simple to use as possible, and I want the editing to be done on my computer, not on a tiny little touchscreen that I cannot even see.
I use to have a Canon Pilex film camera that was rugged as hell and had a great feel to it. I do not want to feel like I am holding a delicate piece of plastic that will break if I sneeze.
I like the looks of the DSLRs better, but will live with a camcorder. For brands Cannon or Panasonic come to mind as good choices. This is for a 30 minute documentary with interviews. Did I mention I hate touch screens?
I have been looking at videos on You Tube and to get a better picture quality I only found the Panasonic AG-AC7 AVCHD Camcorder test footage to be better. Otherwise after you get it on You Tube none really looked better than the lowly Sony Bloggie. The Panasonic goes for just under a grand.