IMO, DV is unnecessary. For your use something like the Sanyo Xacti C6 would
be perfect. It's a bit expensive by dirt-cheap DV camcorder terms but the
huge boon is the lack of moving parts and the ability to take the SD card
straight out of the camera into a computer and go, thus saving large amounts
of time.

The video quality isn't 3 chip CCD but it's certainly equivalent to what
you'd get from a lower end DV camera, in fact I've seen worse from many DV
camcorders. The 'HD' model apparently is higher res than the normal
camcorders but isn't a Sony HD camcorder in a smaller box. Either way, it's
an out of the box solution that will make getting video into the computer
*much* easier.

Here's a page (
with some sample still images and video.

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Suggestions for small and tough and hopefully not
too costly DV camera

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.  .


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
7. I'm assuming anything I'd want uses tape. The format would best be cheap
and readily available.

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

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

Thanks in advance for all help/suggestions.

-- Tom Fine

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