I am one of those people that will hunt a deal down. My friends and family call me to enlist my hunting skills all the time. I pride myself on getting the beast item in whatever price range I'm looking at. It is a time sink from hell, you must know the product in detail to have any hope of getting a real deal. Nine days I spent hunting down a deal on a camera. I only had $200 to spend so I knew it wouldn't be a "real" camcorder. Now, my wife has a three year old galaxy-S phone that does 720p with a useless digital zoom but, its vids are surprisingly clear. Bearing this three year old cell phone's cam in mind I figured I could get a pretty good no frills camera for $200. I found the HC-V500k for $199. I read everything I could find and just knew it had to be at least as good as the Galaxy-S. I got it three days ago. Set it to 1080 60p and started filming. Its IQ blows! The galaxy-S is so much clearer it's not even a competition. I tried every thing you can imagine. In the Daytime shadows have what looks like a film grain effect and nighttime looks awful. Newegg only made me pay $5 to restock. They told me this is happening a lot with this cam. It wasn't broke it's just the way it is. Now that I have put up a wall of text only the most wonderful of people would read through I'll get to my point. Please help me find a camera. I'm tired of reading and surfing and now my budget is $175 due to shipping and the restocking fee. I don't care about waterproofing, playback options, zooming or preset anything. Pocket cams, sports cams I don't care I just want the best IQ I can get for that price and a way to see what I'm recording. At least I learned something through all this though, 720p can look a ton better then 1080p. A Lot more matters then the resolution numbers.
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12/15/12 at 3:52pm