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Recommend a camcorder for babies/small kids

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I am interested in getting a camcorder for my newly-born kid.
I have a lot of experience with DSLR, but not with video.
It seems that getting a camcorder is the way to go for ease of use, sound etc,
I also have no time to learn the intricacy of DSLR video.
I have quite good Nikon glass.

What would be a good camcorder to consider?
1. Under 500 USD
2. Under 1000 USD

Probably choice 1. would make more sense, not sure though.

Thanks for the input.
post #2 of 8
Hi eaglefly - welcome to the forum! Have you tried shooting video with your Nikon? Depending on which body you have, it may not be that difficult.

If you want to get a camcorder for less than $500, the best value for money is probably the $249 Canon HF R400. It will be a challenge to find any other camcorder in this price range that shoots 35mbps 1080/60p with mic and headphone jacks.

Below $1000, your best bet is the Panasonic X920. Great image quality, manual exposure control when you need it, 28mbps 1080/60p, mic and headphone jacks.

Hope this is helpful,

Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution
post #3 of 8
I just ordered a Canon HF R400 for $219 from Costco and it comes bundled with a 16gig memory card and a bag. I know one of the features was a "baby mode". Not sure what exactly it does but it may be something to look into. From what I have read up and seen, as long as you have proper lighting, you can't go wrong with the HF R400 especially with the ability to do 1080P 60P on both formats. Hopefully mine will come soon.

Oh, and the Canon also comes with a mic input (but no hot shoe:mad:) I'm just going to get one of those grip/stabilizer things with the mount on the top.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi Bill,

thanks for the welcome and recommendations.
Unfortunately, my Nikon does not do video.
I was thinking about getting a D600, but I am not sure I'll be able to do good video right away.
Everyone says it's far better to use a camcorder, unless you buy a mic etc.

Cheers,
Dimiter
post #5 of 8
I'm going to go in an opposite direction because I think everyone that owns a DSLR needs a "pocket camera" to go with it when they don't want to lug the DSLR around or fiddle with lenses. That, and the trend in the last couple years of putting strong video capabilities in small cameras, tells me that a Panasonic ZS30 might make a better "family" or "baby" camera.

Reviews and a thread here demonstrate that there is nothing weak about it's ability to shoot video.

(In Europe, I think it is the ZS40, but not sure.)
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by bsprague View Post

I'm going to go in an opposite direction because I think everyone that owns a DSLR needs a "pocket camera" to go with it when they don't want to lug the DSLR around or fiddle with lenses. That, and the trend in the last couple years of putting strong video capabilities in small cameras, tells me that a Panasonic ZS30 might make a better "family" or "baby" camera.

Reviews and a thread here demonstrate that there is nothing weak about it's ability to shoot video.

(In Europe, I think it is the ZS40, but not sure.)

yeah, capturing the moment on the fly in those situations is most important.

When you have a camcorder, you have to bring it out as if it's now movie time.

A pocket camera can always be with you.
post #7 of 8
If you want the widest range zoom in a compact camera the new Sony HX50V has a 30x optical range ( 24–720 mm eqiv).



post #8 of 8
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I am interested in getting a camcorder for my newly-born kid.
Are you sure he is not too young to handle electronic equipment?

On a more serious note, if you want to shoot some occasional video here and there then a smartphone should be enough. Really. And it is always with you.

On another hand if you already have Nikon glass why not upgrading to a Nikon camera that shoots video? There are no "intricacies" of shooting DSLR video if you already good with still photography. Well, maybe handling motion, which means to move the camera steady and to use ND filter in order to slow down shutter speed.
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