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Cheap camcorder w/ full manual control?

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Hi -
I'm looking for recommendations on a cheap camcorder.
Between $300-$500, preferrably closer to $300.
Certain features are actually more important than picture quality.
Here's what I'm looking for:
MiniDV
Optical Image Stabilizer
Manual Focus ring
Manual Iris/Aperture
the longer the zoom (optical), the better

Does such a thing even exist? I haven't been able to find it.

I'm basically looking for as much of the control of a prosumer cam as I can get, with none of the cost.
And again, I'm really not concerned with image quality.

I'll skip the "why?" for brevity, but if you ask I'll tell you.
Thanks.
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Does such a thing even exist?

None that I know of. Full manual control is a feature that manufacturers reserve for their Prosumer and Professional models. Long optical zoom is a feature that professionals don't care about so you should be able to find it in a cheap consumer camcorder.

Dave
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