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post #1 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 09:14 AM - Thread Starter
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I have an older miniDV the Canon Optura 20 camcorder.

There is nothing wrong with it. I just use it for general family gatherings etc. The quality is good but better also would be great.

Would it be worth selling it and get a flash memory camcorder?

I am looking at up to the $300 range would go up to 350.00 if that would bake a big difference but can't go anymore.

I see a lot of old posts from google from like 2 years ago but I would think things would be different now.

So is there any comparable flash memory model with the same video quality or better of the Optura 20? Some of the specs on the miniDV are video stabilizer 16x optical zoom & 320x digital zoom. I believe it only has 1 megapixel for the camera portion. The quality of the video I am not sure of except in my opinion it is good.

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It is definitely worth upgrading to an HD camcorder. The quality would be night and day compared to your old standard definition camcorder.

Canon HF M500 is on sale for $299 @ B&H until December 31.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/838772-REG/Canon_M500_VIXIA_HF_M500_Full.html
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No widescreen mode? No progressive mode (later Canon and Panasonic have 29.97PsF recording mode). --> Almost useless. The only good thing going for it is jello-free CCD sensor.
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