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Tom ­ W
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Jun 14, 2010 14:41 |  #1

OK, it's a little off topic perhaps, but I'm considering buying a small video camera. What I'm looking for needs to be compact, have a significant zoom range, and decent low-light performance.

Does anybody have any ideas about what to buy, or can someone point me to a web site that gives reliable reviews and opinions about video?


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Jun 18, 2010 21:14 |  #2

How small are you looking for? And what would you consider decent in low-light? I have a GH1 that's about the same size as an E-P1 when one takes the grip out of the equation, but that might be too big if you're looking for ultimate pocketability. With fast and small primes it's a great compact low-light shooter but lacking the quick zoom access you might need.

Getting the 14-140 might do the trick (have one and love it for it's purpose), but there goes your pocketability out the window. Plus it's really expensive. But if you don't mind the primes, it's an excellent portable HD shooter. (Especially now with the hack.)




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Jun 19, 2010 21:59 |  #3

I have a Canon Vixia VX30, and I love it. It is small enough to fit in my pocket of my cargo shorts, but I am sure they make them smaller now. Pretty good range. I haven't had to use it much in really low light, but it's done OK recording my son's concerts.

Still uses HD tape rather than a disc or hard drive, but that's OK with me. I am stocking up on those tapes now, in anticipation of them eventually going away . . .

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Jun 23, 2010 19:29 |  #4

Thanks for the replies, and sorry for getting back to the thread late.

Not quite sure what I want, I guess. I like some of the Vixia HD models, though what I've read so far puts the Panasonics ahead in noise performance. On the other hand, they're a little bigger than a pocket camera, and a little expensive for my purposes.

I guess I need to explain - I'm not really a video person, but I want something that I can carry around at events to capture the occasional moment, and perhaps record evidence if things get a little "sticky". That means portability and maybe pocketability, ease of use, good low-light performance, and a lens that can cover from somewhat wide to medium telephoto.

Perhaps I wish to obtain the unobtainable. :)


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Jun 25, 2010 14:24 |  #5

Small cameras are cheaply built and probably have no OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer). Smaller cameras also don't have much Optical Zoom.


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Jun 25, 2010 20:13 |  #6

That's what I've noticed. I think I saw a 3X optical zoom on one. Small sensor, lousy aperture. I guess I have to decide what tradeoffs I want to make.


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