Thanks! That's an appealing camera. Does anyone know the comparable model from Canon? Also, any
suggestions at about 50% of that price or is that just the junk basement? I would like to spend less
on the one hand, but on the other hand this looks like a great piece of electronics.
Finally, this might be a dumb question but do these things come with a wrist band or something to
secure them to your body so you can't drop/smash them? One of the biggest pluses of the D70 is the
neck strap. When I pull that out of my backpack, it gets looped around my neck before the lens cap
comes off and before it gets turned on. We do a lot of hiking and climbing in relatively rugged
places (Adirondacks high peaks region, similar territory in Vermont and New Hampshire) so whatever I
get needs to survive this sort of use.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Miriam Meislik" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Suggestions for small and tough and hopefully not too costly DV camera
> Well, we finally dove in and bought a Panasonic SDR H200. So far we are more than pleased with
> it. It is unbelievably light. It also truly fits in the palm of your hand. I am a very small
> person and I find it comfortable to hold. My husband who is definitely larger, also finds it very
> comfortable. The screen has a nice resolution and the control are all logically placed. I can
> stop, pause, play, and pretty much control the camera with my thumb without disturbing the camera.
> It takes reasonable stills. I think the audio is fine. I haven't really had the chance to push
> this camera's limits yet, but I hope to do that really soon.
> This site is the only one I have found to show the rear of the camera
> Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
>> I would be interested in this,too.I would eventually be interested in doing DIY news,and
>> political activism shorts,and uploading them to YouTube,LiveLeak,etc. .
>> Roger Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Hi All:
>> Sorry for the cross-posts here.
>> I am looking to buy a DV camera to take hiking and other travels.
>> The requirements are:
>> 1. small and light, hopefully smaller and lighter than a digital SLR camera.
>> 2. rugged and needs to have reliablly long battery life.
>> 3. simple to use. I am no advanced videographer here. I just need something to take good video
>> and not be hassle to use. As close to the equiv. of a point and shoot camera or fully-auto SLR
>> camera would be great.
>> 4. cost is a factor. I do not need the latest greatest HD camera. Good, crisp NTSC is just fine
>> unless HD stuff is cost-effective and as small and easy to use.
>> 5. either decent built-in sound quality or a jack for an external mic.
>> 6. digital output so I can load the video onto my hard drive and burn DVD's. Firewire and/or USB
>> is fine.
>> 7. I'm assuming anything I'd want uses tape. The format would best be cheap and readily
>> In my experience, I tend to have a bias against Sony products, but I'd consider one if it were
>> head shoulders better for the same cost. The problems I've had with Sony have always revolved
>> around stupid design or, more often, crappy build quality and zero customer support. I very much
>> like our little Canon point and shoot -- in fact it's what's gotten me keen on video. I love my
>> Nikon D70 SLR but it is big and heavy and there are some situations where I'd rather shoot video
>> to tell the whole story.
>> I don't see me making long "creative" "movies," more like short hits that are more about "this is
>> what I see right now" visuals where the scenery is too big and too spectacular for my
>> photographic skills to tell the story in a still image.
>> Hopefully, I'm describing what I need correctly. I don't know enough about digital video to say
>> "I need these specific specs." That's what I'm hoping to gleen from your wise advice.
>> Thanks in advance for all help/suggestions.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> Pinpoint customers who are looking for what you sell.
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