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Author Topic: Camcorder suggestions?  (Read 2902 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2010, 05:39 PM »

Hey KO,
The trick is to try the 4D in next to no wind on short lines. It gets crazy in wind over 3mph. Maybe that's why it came with long lines for a little kite. It's only good for me when just about nothing else will fly.
As far as the camera, I think you can play with it in person at Radio Shack.
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2010, 07:25 AM »

After attempting a couple of kite videos I have to retract my recommendation of the JVC Everio. The camera constantly searches for focus. Never actually finding it.  Sad

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2010, 07:36 AM »

Hey Denny...
I had the same problem with my JVC. The solution is to set the camera for manual focus, adjusted to infinity. Also, put the camera into 'sports' mode, if yours has it. The one thing I couldn't stand about my camera is that it shot in quicktime format, which is a pain in the neck if you use a PC.
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2010, 07:46 AM »

Thanks Rob. I'll give it a try.

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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2010, 07:58 AM »

Good advice, most video cameras in this price range have a small enough aperture that they shouldn't lose a noticible amount of sharpness over a 60 foot to infinity range when set to infinity.

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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2010, 02:29 PM »

Hi,

I got myself a Kodak Playsport...unbelievable value at $150...It has four resolution settings: VGA, 720p HD, 720p @ 60hz HD for fast action, and 1080p and it has a 5mp digital still mode (all of which with auto vibration reduction)...it also is watertight up to 3metres and I have taken plenty (amazingly cool) underwater videos in the pool...

It's also very small, light but durable...as you might have seen in the video section of the forum, I mounted one of those on a Prism Quantum (simply stuffed into an empty cigarette pack and then velcro'ed to the kite) and it survived a crash into a palm tree without a scratch...the video I posted doesn't do it justice though since at 720p and 60hz the original video I have on my computer is incredibly sharp and flicker free...

It does have a screen for watching what you are shooting (or to replay what you just shot)...only slight drawback is that it only has a limited digital zoom that's rather slow if you want to follow some action and go in and out of zoom...but for most occasions the depth of field is quite nice

Ok, I sound like a Kodak rep...but I have to say I love it for it's size, versatility, durability, quality and you can't beat the price (for HD camcorders anyway)...just make sure you get a large enough multi-gig sd card (I have a 16 Gig which is good for 3 hours of 1080p recording)...

Hope this helps,

Here is the link: http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/PLAYSPORT_Video_Camera/productID.169976100

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