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I'm looking for an entry level HD camcorder, in the $500-$600 range. It will be used mostly for the kids, indoor birthday parties and holidays, and outdoor sports and such. My guess is 80% indoor, 20% outdoor. I would like to be able to save to SDHC cards, which seems pretty common these days.


It looks like the new Panasonics and Canons are not out yet, any word on when those will be available? Any advice would be appreciated!
 

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Those "NEW" things will run you $800+ in most cases.


What features do you "NEED"?


What features do you "WANT"?


- good lowlight

- good stabilization

- manual focus ring

- HDMI out while recording

- unlimited continuous recording

- 60p for possible slow motion edits in post

- 5.1 surround sound or 2.0 stereo

- adjustable fixed gain on the audio

- audio inputs and outputs

- 12MP still images

- auto focus that doesn't suck

- yada yada yada


Lots of options per say. But most give and take on the "features".


Sanyo FH1 at your price point is decent. HD2000 if you want audio input. Stabilization isn't stellar, but as long as you don't zoom much it should be serviceable. Or use other extras to help. Monopod, tripod, bowling glove, two hands, .......... whatever works.
 

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Since I will mostly be shooting indoors, I think good low-light will be the main need. Of course I want everything.
Looks like our local Sam's has the Sony CX150 for 500, so I may give that a try. I noticed on B&H that both Panasonic and Canon will have a "new" model in my $500-600 price range. I will give the Sanyo a look, how is their quality compared to the other manufacturers?
 

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I went ahead and picked up a CX150 at Sam's last night. We have a Birthday party Saturday, so I will use that to see if the camera will suit my needs.
 
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