View Full Version : Upgrading to A Camcorder

07-30-2012, 01:35 AM
I'm filming a lot of content, and I want to make the switch from webcam to camcorder, to improve video and sound quality, and multiply my shooting locations. I'm not looking to spend any more than $600. I've been looking at a few camcorders already, but I was wondering if anyone has a camcorder they love (for making content or otherwise), or perhaps has great features for a good price. I know I'm not going to get the best quality with my budget, but it'll be a world of difference from my webcam, and I'm starting to get very picky about my video, which, I guess, is sort of a good thing.

The ones I'm considering:

Sony HDRXR260V (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDRXR260V-High-Definition-Handycam-Camcorder/dp/B006K55018/ref=sr_1_20?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1343636986&sr=1-20)
Canon Vixia (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-VIXIA-Camcorder-Internal-Memory/dp/B004HW7E7E/ref=sr_1_42?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1343637017&sr=1-42)
Sony DCRDVD650 (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DCRDVD650-DCR-DVD650-DVD-Camcorder/dp/B001P3O3O0/ref=sr_1_89?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1343637069&sr=1-89)

Does anyone have any of these? I'll take any recommendations, as well :)

07-30-2012, 07:15 AM
i have a panasonic hdc sd700. love it. your budget will buy you something pretty good. i got the sd700 as its probably top of the consumer end of things without straying into pro cameras which cost 1000 plus. it has great quality, including low light, has ability to take an external mic and also an accessory shoe which you can attach a microphone or light too. also has a remote control.

imho, avoid the dvd ones. flash / sd cards are the way to go.

07-30-2012, 07:27 AM
I've been wondering about video cameras, too. I'll be watching this thread for info! I guess I'm not sure on the pros and cons of using a vid cam instead of my Logitech c920.

07-30-2012, 08:39 AM
a lot of modern flash / sd based hd camcorders are a nightmare to use as a webcam. you're better off buying high end dedicated webcam from logitech

07-30-2012, 03:52 PM
I have my Sony HC62 comes with a remote control which I love for webcamming, but I need to upgrade to something else. I have to check out ebay to see what else is other that has a remote control video camera.

11-18-2013, 06:50 AM
Bumping this old thread

Having issues editing some of my clips with Logitech c920 and filming with my DSLR is a pain in the ass since it doesnt have autofocus so is kind of counterproductive ugh
I'm looking for a camcorder for clip purposes too!

If you have feedbacks / suggestions, if you already own one you like etc please do tell

I'm looking for:
full HD
lcd display
not less than 30fps
and "ideal for people as subjects" lol
tripod friendly

(sorry just woke up)

11-26-2013, 07:01 PM
^ Me too. And a computer to handle it. Ugh...

11-28-2013, 06:07 PM
The specs I have are way too much for my budget but if I find the perfect one, I'll be willing to go up to 600. We need at least something with true 1080phd over 14MP quality and a mic hookup, I had many more but I realized those two were most important. Mic on my dslr suxxx! And our Logitech c930e has sound issues when recording... Space_cowgirl we are with you, going to need so much new equipment.

12-04-2013, 11:48 AM
I ended up getting a Canon Vixia HF R30 and am very happy with it. It has options for external mic, tripod, touch screen, very good video quality and sound for the price I got it for on Amazon. The only complaint I have with it is that the battery doesn't hold very much of a charge (about 30-40 minutes)-- but I don't film outside often, so it's not a big issue.