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#1 SynGamer

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:58 AM

I'm going to Anime North 2010 in May and I need an HD camcorder. It MUST have the ability to take stills (5MP or higher) and it MUST have image stabilization due to my fiancé's inability to take non-blurry pictures :) Oh, and by HD I mean 720p/60fps minimum. I honestly don't mind if it only supports 720p/60fps so long as it looks good.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I'm always open to suggestions for slightly ($250-300) more expensive camcorders.

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#2 SynGamer

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:48 PM

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#3 TwelveVolt

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 03:58 PM

I've heard good things about the Kodak Playsport.
http://www.amazon.co...a/dp/B0030MITDK

#4 wesdw369

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:20 PM

theres an apitek (cant remember exactly how to spell it) that walgreens sells they are discontinued but they are
$100 if you can find them in store it does 1080 cant remember the framerate but 720 60fps with 5mp still and stabilizing. pretty sweet cam, got one at work for $50 plus my 15% employee discount. could look into it, i know its not name brand but neither are dynex tvs or apex dvdplayers and alot of people prefer them over name brands
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#5 dumlaox

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:26 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5...rder-comparison

Gizmodo did a comparison test on several of these a while back. They recommend the Flip Ultra HD but if you can, try and go to a store like Best Buy to play with one yourself.

Like the above poster said, I've also heard good things from the Playsport so that would be a good one to check as well.

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#6 saturnotaku

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 09:16 PM

Kodak Zi8 does exactly what you're looking for.

http://store.kodak.c...uctID.156585800

The black model is $179 at Amazon, but they're sold out right now. MSRP is $199.


#7 SynGamer

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 03:28 PM

Ended up grabbing the PlaySport ZX3 from Sears.com for $94.44 (plus $10.80 off when my BC posts in 60 days). I had a $50 GC laying around so that, plus the 10% friends & family promo = a very happy me.

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