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Topic # 57385 11-Feb-2010 18:09
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hello peoples.
im looking to buy a digital video camera.
im a total noob in this area....
what im looking for: im after a digital video camera that can take a usb portable hard drive so
i can store hours of videos on it, while saving $$
also im after one with HD video recording. something like 1920 by 1080 or something? a noob at digital cameras.

im hoping someone can put some ideas my way, im open to any brands or models.. personal opinion would be sweet.
looking for camera with usb hub, HD recording, and all the extras.
not worried at price range atm.


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  Reply # 298207 12-Feb-2010 06:33
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  Reply # 298216 12-Feb-2010 07:23
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I am not sure there are any Camera out there with an USB socket. However, for storage you can always "unload" the embedded storage (may it be HDD of Memory Stick) using a computer.
As for the brands, I usually find that Sony cameras, even though slightly more expensive give you both quality and reliability.

Here's an example:

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  Reply # 298421 12-Feb-2010 15:37
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thanks for your reply, im on holiday for 2 weeks in april so im hoping to get something with good storage. any ideas? i dont want to carry around 1000 cards :o

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  Reply # 298423 12-Feb-2010 15:43
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actually now that i see it, i think that one is a really good camera :D ill try demo it in a store on sunday

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  Reply # 298425 12-Feb-2010 15:49
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I have a Sony DSC-HX1 which is primarily a still camera, but also does a great job of shooting HD Video, thanks to its 20x zoom.

With a 16GB memory stick, it holds a few hours of video, which I then upload to my laptop every few days.

I guess it depends on your usage. For me, the DSC-HX1 is the ideal device, because I mainly shoot High-Res. still pictures, with just the odd video clip. All of these can be played back directly into any monitor or TV with an HDMI input.

However, if you want to shoot a lot of video, and lug a separate camera around for still photos, then by all means look for a dedicated movie camera. It seems a waste, to my way of thinking, when one camera can do both jobs very well these days.

Either way, I suspect you will need a laptop on your holiday, in order to edit and archive the footage.

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