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04-04-2010 07:34 PM

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Hey friends

This is not a 100% wood working subject that’s why I selected the coffee lounge.
I plan on buying a digital video camera but don’t have much money or experience with video cameras so I thought I would ask for all of you great folks input. The least expensive and simpler the better. I do plan on using it for upcoming blogs.

Thanks for you help.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 07:45 PM

Well Jim I use a Kodak cheap $99 on sale sometime $79 it takes all good pictures and short videos that is for me all I need, all of my picture posting were from that Kodak.
Videos has the sound and is all self focus and you happen to loose it or break it your not out of too much money.
The 1st one I had I broke the screen so I just got another one at that price you cannot go wrong.

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 07:50 PM

Hi, Jim,
I bought a Creative Pocket Video camera, similar (not identical) to this one:":

It doesn’t have any zoom, but it does have a built-in USB plug. you just point and shoot, and plug it into your camera. It has an 8GB memory and is about as simple as you can get. I just got it, but love it so far.
There are several makes and models around, you should be able to get for for about $100.

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 07:51 PM

oops, copied the link twice, sorry.

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 08:07 PM

Thanks Guys
I was hoping to be able to record a few minutes of video at a time. I have a pocket camera that will record
30 seconds or a minute but I was hoping to be able to record 20- 30 minutes at a time. Will these cameras film that long? Or I’m I wanting to much for and inexpensive camera ?

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 08:20 PM

Hey a1Jim, here is a list of good cheap hd dig cams. Most will record up to 1 hours of HD and have USB built in for easy down load.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 08:25 PM


I’m hearing lots of good stuff about The Flip. Also, here.

Good reviews. Sounds simple to use.

I’ve never used one. In fact, the only vids I’ve EVER taken were for posting here, and just used my still camera, set to movie mode, but …..

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 08:28 PM

Check out the Panasonic Lumix line. They have a whole range of prices, mostly dependent on zoom capabilities, but they all have good quality Leica lenses with image stabilization. It has been a couple of years since I bought my last one, but on the models I have owned, the length of video is only limited by the size of your SD memory card. Here is about the least expensive one I found on a quick browse: Lumix for $135.

If you just want a camcorder, no stills, Panasonic also makes a slick little model that records to memory cards for under $200.

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 08:30 PM

Hi Jim,

I use an iPhone for all my little videos just because I have it.

However I have heard and seen great things about the Flip Video recorder. They don’t make any easier to use than that.

Good luck,

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 08:42 PM

If your camera has a SD memory card, just buy a larger card.

You can get various sizes, real cheap nowadays.

I have a 4GB card in my camera now.

I think a 512MB card will give you 15 minutes of video.

The card package will tell you how much recording time they have.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 10:18 PM

This is the best video dvd camera there is …for the money….Believe it
Takes up to 2 hours DVD quality movies. Internal memory – no mem chips needed – can use as still camera.
Absolutely fabulous camera all round. Straight USB connect to computer.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 04-04-2010 10:32 PM

My daughter bought a flip hd. It’s a pretty amazing camera, and simple to operate. I think hers will record for 2 hours.

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#12 posted 04-04-2010 10:43 PM

I try to stay away from electronics. I will ask my 13 year old and she can guide us. Me, i could lock up a calculator! These days, some cell phones have great cameras/phones on them, mine has 5.5 megapixels and does nice as a videocamera. Its the motorola droid. Why if i am so incapable did i get THAT phone? I dont know….

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#13 posted 04-04-2010 10:44 PM

Just purchased a Flip Ultra HD. I haven’t tried it yet as I just bought it but it USB charges and downloads. We were going to get a Sony but it doesn’t work with Apple computers. Be sure to check that what you get works with your system before buying.

Can give you an update after I have got it charged and try it. You don’t need to buy extra cards or accessories for the amount of time you need. This one should do it all.

-- MtnMystic, Colorado,

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#14 posted 04-04-2010 10:45 PM

i have the option of a 1 mimute video on my digital camera..thats as extensive as i will probablly ever get…lol…good luck in your quest…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 04-04-2010 11:03 PM

I went through all this when I considered a video camera….then threw up my hands in defeat and said screw it. There are so many…with so many different this and thats…zooms, lenses, media…battery….and it goes on and on. Being a lousy photographer I am not hip to all the techno gabble on these units. I read so many reviews my head was swimming. Finally, I just set a limit on cost….and bought the one that was there. I ended up with a Samsung with hard drive(on sale with camera “kit” – extra battery and filters)....not bad….I am sure there are tons better…and tons worse. You will get used to what you have….I have….when and if I upgrade….I will at least know better at what things I am good at….and most importantly, what I use and don’t use on the camera.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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