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  • DaisyD 16 Nov 2008 22:38:54 11,818 posts
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    Carlo wrote:
    Daisy, my mother-in-law wants to get a camcorder for her husband for Christmas... Would you recommend this camera? She's not given ANY kind of parameters like costs or features... So it's a blank canvas question.

    I've still not had a chance to play with it. However, Mouse's footage sold it to me. Also it won an EISA award.
  • pistol 16 Nov 2008 22:40:08 13,019 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    Lovemoose wrote:
    366 now with cashback...

    I took the plunge on the tg3 (despite my post earlier in the thread) after trying it in a shop; also Mrs Moose wanted to be able to use it for our new daughter, so it's ease of use is a bonus.

    Got it for 365 so with a voucher deal a couple of weeks ago. The drop below 400 really swang it for me; It doesn't feel quite as much money.

    Thanks for this. We bought one and it arrived today! I've not had much chance to mess with it yet though.

    BTW anyone able to recommend some good editing software for my Macbook? The more professional the better (I minored in advanced digital editing as a student, so know what I'm doing).

    iMovie
  • mouse Moderator 17 Nov 2008 10:15:11 10,312 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    mouse wrote:
    Don't need any drivers or software - just run iMovie and plug it in. If you want something more advanced than iMovie, then Final Cut Studio or Adobe Premiere. I'll leave it up to you to decide where to get those last two though :)
    What about M2TS Convertion?

    iMovie just imports it.
  • DaisyD 21 Dec 2008 17:13:39 11,818 posts
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    I can't seem to upload my iMovie Projects to Vimeo, so I've uploaded this to YouTube. Not sure how to put HD videos on here either, so it's best just to click view in high quality to see it at it's best on there.
  • Psychotext 21 Dec 2008 19:50:49 52,782 posts
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    That be some top notch quality even in Youtube. Damn.
  • DaisyD 23 Dec 2008 20:12:38 11,818 posts
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    I've signed up for MobileMe and posted another of my HD videos here. Feel free to take a look and let me know what you think.
  • Deleted user 23 December 2008 20:22:28
    Not working for me Daisy.
  • DaisyD 23 Dec 2008 20:42:26 11,818 posts
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    Opps! Should be fixed now.
  • Deleted user 23 December 2008 21:10:48
    Nice video Daisy, place looks gorgeous and the quality of the camera is great. I'm jealous on two counts!
  • mouse Moderator 30 Dec 2008 20:56:02 10,312 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    I can't seem to upload my iMovie Projects to Vimeo, so I've uploaded this to YouTube. Not sure how to put HD videos on here either, so it's best just to click view in high quality to see it at it's best on there.

    For Vimeo, you just have to export the movie using QuickTime (but still from within iMovie). This should help for exporting HD video for any external services, Vimeo and YouTube included.
  • Mike_Hunt 31 Dec 2008 12:37:05 23,512 posts
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    There's a HD camcorder deal on at Maplin at the moment, full HD for only 150. There are some compromises (like it's only got a 5x zoom and doesn't come with an SD card), but all the reviews seem to indicate that it's an absolutely cracking deal. One guy compared it to his 800 sony equiv and felt the IQ was much better on the cheapo one. The only thing the sony offered was a greater feature set (most of which remained rarely used).

    [MH]
  • Retroid Moderator 31 Dec 2008 12:38:39 44,501 posts
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    I'm not even in the market for an HD camcorder and that sounds like a bloody good deal!
  • Mike_Hunt 31 Dec 2008 12:41:26 23,512 posts
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    http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/307343/full-high-definition-camcorder-for-/

    I'm tempted to pick on up as Maplin have a fairly generous returns policy.

    [MH]
  • mouse Moderator 31 Dec 2008 12:42:48 10,312 posts
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    Interesting. If anyone picks that up I'd be really interested in hearing some feedback.
  • Mike_Hunt 31 Dec 2008 12:52:42 23,512 posts
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    There's a fair bit of feedback in the comment section of my link above. I've only got a MiniDV camcorder to compare it against. I'm just sick of tapes, conversions, noise from the tape wirring. I'm really not fussed about high-def, but if they're that price then it's worth it.

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  • mouse Moderator 31 Dec 2008 12:58:44 10,312 posts
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    Oh yeah I saw the link above, but I'd prefer to hear from people here :)
  • Mike_Hunt 31 Dec 2008 13:11:54 23,512 posts
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    Fair enough. If I do get around to picking one up I'll let you know.

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  • DaisyD 12 Jan 2009 21:31:52 11,818 posts
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    Mouse, Have you bought spare batteries? If so, did you but Sony or a good alternative?
  • Mike_Hunt 22 May 2009 10:36:48 23,512 posts
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    Ok, now I really need to get a new camcorder. My budget is 400, tops. The TG3 is available for 399 now which makes it an option, but the reviews for it really put me off. Apparently it's absolutely terrible in low light.

    Can any non-avforums.com people let me know if this is a problem in the real world? The other thing putting me off from the sony is that the memory cards come at a premium.

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  • silentbob 28 Jun 2009 20:42:53 28,918 posts
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    Mike, did you ever find a camcorder to suit you? Budget for me would be similar (perhaps up to 600) but I 'need' Full HD and liky you want to make sure low-light performance is up to snuff.

    Anyone with any recommendations?

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  • Mike_Hunt 28 Jun 2009 20:54:25 23,512 posts
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    Hell yeah, boy did I!

    I got myself a Panasonic HDC-SD100 for the grand sum of 280 (including a free 2gig memory card). It's *full* HD, has a three CMOS sensor system (great colours and great low light), Optical Stabalisation, and a decent zoom (10x I think). It's a lovely piece of kit and I'm very please with the video it produces.

    The only problem is, you may struggle to get the same deal. I got it from Comet, and it was an end of line item. On the web it goes for over 500 and it was over 750 only last year, so a cracking deal for a great camera!

    The problem is that most cameras in that price range is that they are generally poor in low light. In that range I've heard some very good things about the Canon HF100s (especially relating to video quality and low light performance). It's certainly worth looking at as I hear that Curry's are shifting their stock for 199.97. These normally retail at 600ish, so if you can get one of those you'd be on to a winner.

    I got some decent advice on the Camcorder section of the AV forum, but you do have to be able to filter out some of the tw@tish comments from people who think that if you're not going to spend 1500 on a camcorder then there's really no point.

    Good luck!

    [MH]

  • valli 10 Jul 2009 18:42:41 14,114 posts
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    I just ordered a Sanyo FH1, mostly because it seems to be a decent cam for stills as well, the in-cam editing stuff, AVCHD and last but not least: full HD at 60fps! It even has some funky slowmo 500fps modes which I bet are great to mess around with. UPS says it's on its way!
  • ScoutTech 29 Jul 2009 16:09:51 2,420 posts
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    So those that got the TG3E, no regrets? What kind of memory card did you get as extra? Anything else worth getting?
  • Mike_Hunt 29 Jul 2009 20:05:57 23,512 posts
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    The replacement to the TG3 should be out soon, if not already. It seems to get mixed reviews to be honest, which is why I didn't bother in the end. The poor low light put me off as I'd be doing a lot of indoor shooting. That said, it's a great looking camera, nice and compact, and feels very solid too. I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed with one, but I think there are better cameras out there for the money.

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  • ScoutTech 29 Jul 2009 20:08:45 2,420 posts
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    Cheers, I had seen the bad news and was waivering. Was very tempted as had found somewhere doing it for just under 300. No way be able to afford the new one, prices seem to be around the 650 mark. Thinking I am going to go with the Ixus 100 is so that I have a p&s as well as basic HD recorder. Seems to make good vids judging by clips on line, just no optical zoom. It'll be fine though for what i want.
  • DaisyD 29 Jul 2009 23:38:26 11,818 posts
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    I love my TG3. It's AWESOME.
  • Lovemoose 30 Jul 2009 09:19:09 999 posts
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    Me too. Best camcorder I've ever had.

    On a TG3 related note, I joined Motionbox a few months back, as they let you upload .mts files straight from the memory stick. Has made sharing clips of our daughter with the grandparents a piece of cake.

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  • redlander 30 Jul 2009 09:35:34 1,039 posts
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    DaisyD wrote:
    I love my TG3. It's AWESOME.

    I love mine too. 120 zoooom and you can just pop the card into ya PS3 for instant HD viewing goodness.
  • DaisyD 1 Aug 2009 13:06:56 11,818 posts
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    Lovemoose wrote:
    Me too. Best camcorder I've ever had.

    On a TG3 related note, I joined Motionbox a few months back, as they let you upload .mts files straight from the memory stick. Has made sharing clips of our daughter with the grandparents a piece of cake.

    Ohhhh! I think I'll sign up to that!
  • mouse Moderator 19 Aug 2009 16:36:16 10,312 posts
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    I love my TG3 also, but am getting steadily narked off by the low light performance. It has been an annoyance on a few occasions now.
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