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BlinderGuy
12-27-2008, 06:29 PM
I need a reasonably priced camcorder that I can shoot video of tests and then download to my computer..Any suggestions...I would like nitepix so I can see IR video..Cant be to expensive.

category4
12-27-2008, 06:50 PM
I need a reasonably priced camcorder that I can shoot video of tests and then download to my computer..Any suggestions...I would like nitepix so I can see IR video..Cant be to expensive.

I like my Sony with a 30 gig hard drive. Gives lots of recording time and has nightshot mode. I think it was in the $400 range but that was about 6 months ago, might be cheaper now.

BlinderGuy
12-27-2008, 06:54 PM
Can you find it on the web and post me a link?

category4
12-27-2008, 06:58 PM
Can you find it on the web and post me a link?

Buy the Sony DCRSR45 30GB Handycam Hybrid Camcorder and other Camcorders at circuitcity.com (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-DCRSR45-30GB-Handycam-Hybrid-Camcorder-DCRSR45/sem/rpsm/oid/201782/catOid/-13063/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)

You can also record to SD cards if you like.

Laser-InterceptorUSA
12-27-2008, 07:03 PM
Sony Outlet | Camcorders Outlet (http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchCatalog?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=6148914691233367171&searchType=outlet&currentPath=All+Products%2f%2f%2f%2fCameras+%26+Ca mcorders%2f%2f%2f%2fSony+Outlet+%26amp%3b+Refurbis hed+Products%2f%2f%2f%2fCamcorders+Outlet%2f%2f%2f %2fUserSearch%3dInventory+%3e+0+and+Price+Ss+%3e+0 )

Cliff - LI-USA

BlinderGuy
12-27-2008, 07:31 PM
Sony Outlet | Camcorders Outlet (http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchCatalog?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=6148914691233367171&searchType=outlet&currentPath=All+Products%2f%2f%2f%2fCameras+%26+Ca mcorders%2f%2f%2f%2fSony+Outlet+%26amp%3b+Refurbis hed+Products%2f%2f%2f%2fCamcorders+Outlet%2f%2f%2f %2fUserSearch%3dInventory+%3e+0+and+Price+Ss+%3e+0 )

Cliff - LI-USA
Which do you recommend Cliff?

Laser-InterceptorUSA
12-27-2008, 07:35 PM
The cheapest one with a HD you can get. I have the DCR-SR42 with a 30GB HD and the newer Sony Night Vision. I paid under $250 shipped with a coupon found by Googling "Sony Outlet Coupon Code". I had to wait a few days till more refurbished units came back in stock but check every AM as that is when they Update their Refurbished Inventory. It was received in Brand New Inventory condition!

Sony DCR-SR42 (http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665086504)

Cliff - LI-USA

siRman20
12-27-2008, 08:16 PM
Everyprice : Price Comparison Network JVC GZ-MG330B 30GB Hybrid HDD/Micro SD Camcorder Blue Camcorders Camcorders Cameras & Photography (http://www.everyprice.com/item.asp?item_Id=205617) this lil one good too!

BlinderGuy
12-27-2008, 08:19 PM
Everyprice : Price Comparison Network JVC GZ-MG330B 30GB Hybrid HDD/Micro SD Camcorder Blue Camcorders Camcorders Cameras & Photography (http://www.everyprice.com/item.asp?item_Id=205617) this lil one good too!

Had one of those and hated it. It recordes in a special format that you have to all kinds of special software to convert it so you can upload it to computer or internet...I returned it 3 days ago.

Laser-InterceptorUSA
12-27-2008, 08:29 PM
and no Night Vision Capabilities!

Cliff - LI-USA

ELVATO
12-27-2008, 08:55 PM
Yea, Cliff's Sony is real nice. Just hook up the USB to your PC, and it's done d/ling a whole event in a couple minutes.

Laser-InterceptorUSA
12-27-2008, 08:57 PM
They have an additional 15% off till Midnight PST tonight as well! You can get the one with the 40GB HD for about the same as I paid for the 30GB Model! :(

Cliff - LI-USA

ELVATO
12-27-2008, 09:09 PM
Wait what? Where?

Laser-InterceptorUSA
12-27-2008, 09:14 PM
Here: Sony DCR SR-45 (http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&productId=8198552921665291490&langId=-1)

Hurry before they are all gone!

Cliff - LI-USA

Stealth Stalker
12-27-2008, 09:39 PM
I just ordered a DCR-SR85 on Christmas eve. It is the 60 gigabyte memory version of Cliff's camera, and I got it for $309.00 plus shipping at TechonDIGITAL (http://www.TechonDIGITAL.com) . They definitely have the cheapest prices on the net. Beware though, they give you a very hard-sell spiel on the phone after your order, trying to sell you overpriced accessories like batteries, chargers, and memory sticks. That's where they make their money, so price those accessories elsewhere before you cave in and buy them.

Definitely stick with the Sony for the NightShot and the great Image Stabiliser.

Laser-InterceptorUSA
12-27-2008, 10:02 PM
Caveat Emptor!! (http://www.epinions.com/msg/show_~threads/cat_id_~22/id_~19443/forum_id_~145)

More! (http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7593_102-0.html?forumID=58&threadID=110397&messageID=2627732)

Cliff - LI-USA

siRman20
12-27-2008, 10:46 PM
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The Breeze
12-27-2008, 10:47 PM
Best to buy camera equipment from a reputable dealer like B&H photo (B&H Photo Video | Digital Cameras, Camcorders (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/)). This place is one of the highest respected stores in the business. Other than factory direct, this is the best, and most used by folks in the camera arena. These low cost places are pure rip offs. They sell you import equipment that you essentially have no warrantee for and USA factory authorized repair shops won't touch them. As mentioned in some earlier posts, they try to get you to buy a lot of very overpriced accessories, and when you don't, then the item is no longer in stock in most cases. Best to just pay a reasonable price from a reputable dealer and have a camera that is covered with USA warrantee, and will be serviceable if a problem arises. With Nikon equipment (the stuff I use), b&h also sells import products of the same model (and they won't try to scam you), and if I want to gamble, the price is always lower , but not one factory repair shop will touch the thing for warrantee repairs, and the resale value is much lower, if you can sell it at all. Just my two cents.

QuickCummins
12-29-2008, 10:01 AM
kool i needed to fine one too

tosi
12-29-2008, 10:16 AM
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category4
12-29-2008, 11:12 AM
Do any of the sonys have SD card capability? I've heard consistently from my fellow racers the internal HDD cameras are terrible for mounting and recording in a moving vehicle, so they all use the flash/SD card cameras.

Mine has both the 30 gig HD and SD card capable.

Stealth Stalker
12-29-2008, 12:39 PM
Best to buy camera equipment from a reputable dealer like B&H photo (B&H Photo Video | Digital Cameras, Camcorders (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/)). This place is one of the highest respected stores in the business.
x2. In two decades as a photojournalist, B&H was my choice, and the choice of most of the pros I worked with. You might beat their price, but not by too much. And you certainly won't beat their service and knowledge.

bradthemad
12-29-2008, 04:59 PM
Do any of the sonys have SD card capability? I've heard consistently from my fellow racers the internal HDD cameras are terrible for mounting and recording in a moving vehicle, so they all use the flash/SD card cameras.

The Sonys use their proprietary Memory Stick, which in the biggest "Pro Duo" model holds up to 8GB, if I recall correctly. CF and SD cards are available up to 16 and 32GB. My DCR-SR220 (60GB hard drive) takes great video, but vibration is hard on it. I drove on I-16 out to Savannah, GA a few weeks back, and that highway was so rough that it wouldn't record for more than a couple of minutes at a time before shutting itself off. Or, if I have the top down and get over 50mph, the wind buffetting it makes it shut off. Not what you want for extended in-car video, but for handheld use, SteadyShot mode makes for very smooth video indeed.