Camera or/and Lens ?

#1 Aug 27th, 2010, 17:55
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Greetings from Brussels

I am travelling India in februari-march 2011.

Off course i would like to take some beautifull pictures, but I also want to film throught the day. Lets say 3 hours of filming a day , and i am staying for 3 weeks.

As I am a total 'noob' to camera's and ... I wanted to ask you 'IM'ers' if you could give me a guideline what I should be looking for.

A. Camera and a seperate lens/photograph to take pictures
B. Camera that can also take pictures

budget: 600$

Thank you in advance

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are you thinking commercial?
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For the filming is a camcorder a good option ?

I was looking at the canon legria camcorders, they look affordable and good quality.

Again I am a total novice to all these products
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I am not sure what you mean by that ?

The filming and pictures are for personal joy.
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Originally Posted by dekluis View Post Greetings from Brussels


As I am a total 'noob' to camera's and ... I wanted to ask you 'IM'ers' if you could give me a guideline what I should be looking for.

A. Camera and a seperate lens/photograph to take pictures
B. Camera that can also take pictures

budget: 600$
If you are a complete 'noob' as you say, My advice would be to carry a handycam which can take decent still pictures as well. There are several nice Xacti models from Sanyo which have received nice reviews. Eg. Xacti VPC CG102, VPC CG20. Also consider the New camacorder cum still image machines from Sony. Bloggie CM5, PM5, etc. They all use flash memory cards. I suggest you carry one of the portable hand discs which can directly download video and images for storage. All the above cameras produce HD video and more than 10 MP still images of decent quality. They record sound too.
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thank you , i ll go and have a look at it.

I was just on the main site of canon , and was asking myself

What is the difference between a digital camera and a camcorder ?

digital camera can also take pictures.

other difference?

again thank you
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with $600 either you could get an entry level DSLR or a camcorder but not BOTH. You could get a Point and Shoot as well with video capability but it wont be long videos.
So, what's your priority? Shooting videos for a long length or better quality still photos?
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post with $600 either you could get an entry level DSLR or a camcorder but not BOTH. You could get a Point and Shoot as well with video capability but it wont be long videos.
So, what's your priority? Shooting for a long length or better quality photos?
shooting for long lenght thanks
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Ok, so for video shooting for long length you'd need a camcorder only. No DSLR or point or shoot can compare with video shooting cameras / camcorders in that department. The image quality is much lower actually on a camcorder but they're optimized for video.
I have no experience with video shooting so wont be able to help - the top brands are Sony, Panasonic, etc. The best ones are not necessarily the most portable ones. The newer ones all have HD video. Please post this query with an updated title in this (photography) forum and someone should be able to help out there.
So what you could do, is carry a small camcorder (say a Xacti - they're probably not top notch so are often on sale) or maybe a Samsung and but a great Point and shoot from the Canon SD series - such as SD1100IS/ SD900 IS - some of them should be in $200 range. These are very compact and capable cameras. That way, you wont have too much to carry and will still be able to get what you need. The total would be less than 600, so use that extra bit towards a bag that keeps these items inconspicuous.
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If shooting video is your priority then go for a camcorder within your budget.

You will also need to think about video editting so you may want to put some of your budget towards a good and easy to use editting program like Pinnacle 14.

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Probably going for a sony camcorder

they got camcorders with :

HD-HDD
HD-flashmemory
HD- tape
SD - HDD
SD-FLashmemory
SD-DVD

Hmm

Not going to ask you the diffrence , just what kind am i looking for ? to be able to film on my trip 3 hours a day and changing the memory on a card sd ?

pff probably going to a shop where someone could help me out
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Go for HD-HDD - that's high definition, Hard disk drive (resolution and memory type respectively)
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Originally Posted by dekluis View Post Probably going for a sony camcorder

they got camcorders with :

HD-HDD
HD-flashmemory
HD- tape
SD - HDD
SD-FLashmemory
SD-DVD

Hmm

Not going to ask you the diffrence , just what kind am i looking for ? to be able to film on my trip 3 hours a day and changing the memory on a card sd ?

pff probably going to a shop where someone could help me out
well, there is a difference between a camera and a Handycam. With a camera you are expressing an idea with ONE image, while with a movie you are expressing yourself with a sequence...

..and once you come back with your memories on DV tape or HDD, the fun really begins because you are going to have to actually put a movie together with a non-linear editing program, add music, layer your comments, do the transitions, and then render the whole thing which may or may not take ages, depending on the computer you are using

Flash memory is a pain to deal with on long trips. Get an HDD one, if any

Ah, be prepared to invest in spare batteries, charger, a skylight + polarizer and don't ever think you are gonna get anything comparable picture wise to a 4"x 4" Rolleiflex from the build in camera... The lenses usually suffer from purple fringing and some modest barrel distortion at the far end of the zoom
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Originally Posted by oriole12 View Post If you are a complete 'noob' as you say, My advice would be to carry a handycam which can take decent still pictures as well. There are several nice Xacti models from Sanyo which have received nice reviews. Eg. Xacti VPC CG102, VPC CG20. Also consider the New camacorder cum still image machines from Sony. Bloggie CM5, PM5, etc. They all use flash memory cards. I suggest you carry one of the portable hand discs which can directly download video and images for storage. All the above cameras produce HD video and more than 10 MP still images of decent quality. They record sound too.
Do you have some idea where Sanyo camcorders are available in NCR?
I was planning to buy Panasonic HDC-SD700 (http://www.panasonic.co.in/wps/porta...rs/hdcsd700gck), but still not launched here.

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