(Newbie) Looking for a good, cheap video camera.

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Hello, I'm a newbie to photography and interested in shooting videos. But I'm not looking for a high-priced camera. I want something inside the 10,000 range that has acceptable quality but it should be something special. Like how the Fujifilm Instax 210 is cheap, yet does something special like produce good quality instant photos. Just like that, I want my video camera to be special in some way. I don't know specifically what I want in it so I need your opinion. Is there a good, budget video camera that is special, or if not, do I need to look at importing Chinese made ones, and if so, are they worth buying? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Cobweb View Post Just like that, I want my video camera to be special in some way. I don't know specifically what I want in it so I need your opinion..
Well, if you ask me, I've always wanted my camera to make ice-cream too. After a long, hot day of taking photos of ruins and antiquities, it's nice to not have to look around too much for an icecreamwallah. None of the camera companies have taken this suggestion seriously though ....
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Well, if you ask me, I've always wanted my camera to make ice-cream too. After a long, hot day of taking photos of ruins and antiquities, it's nice to not have to look around too much for an icecreamwallah. None of the camera companies have taken this suggestion seriously though ....
I meant more along the lines of.. "look..! it has interchangeable lenses and even lomography makes a lens for it". I have heard about cheap cameras like lomo and all that. So any special digital video camera like that that I might enjoy? (Without the defects in the photo, though).
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I'm not into videography - my DSLR suffices for whatever little video needs i have. That said, your budget's a serious constraint. A good JVC, Panny, Sony, or GoPro will be atleast 20K (30 K if you ask me to choose). 10 K wont get you HD cams, so little point buying that now. You can look at Rollei, they make something around 15K INR. Good luck!
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You could check out Panasonic HX-DC2 or Sony DCR-SX22E.
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man I am not much of a video cam guy.
but a simple advice head over to ebay and see whats up for sale within your budget then use google to find reviews for that specific model.
and choose the cam that suits you best.
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Hello, again. I've decided to revise budget to let's say 30k. With that money, I see that one can get an entry-level DSLR. Would a DSLR provide better quality than a camcorder, for both photo and video needs? What image ratios do they come with, like 16:10? Also, I can't afford an extra lens though that costs another 30k, maybe 5k, do you get a cheap lens that will cover most needs assuming I do not buy the kit lens, I need good daylight and good night-time images, one that is generally good, I also intend to shoot photos and videos of birds in flight, etc., and I also need good travel shots while sitting on a moving vehicle?
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1. Video aspect ratio will be 16:9
2. Canon and Nikon both have an excellent 50mm 1.8 lens in the range of about 5k. It's one of the best lenses for general purpose walk around photography.
3. Look around, of you are lucky you may find a good used old 24mm lens. If you do, pick it up.
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Originally Posted by Cobweb View Post Hello, again. I've decided to revise budget to let's say 30k. With that money, I see that one can get an entry-level DSLR. Would a DSLR provide better quality than a camcorder, for both photo and video needs? What image ratios do they come with, like 16:10? Also, I can't afford an extra lens though that costs another 30k, maybe 5k, do you get a cheap lens that will cover most needs assuming I do not buy the kit lens, I need good daylight and good night-time images, one that is generally good, I also intend to shoot photos and videos of birds in flight, etc., and I also need good travel shots while sitting on a moving vehicle?
Some of the older DSLR's had limited video capability, such as my Nikon D5000:
- You have no control over the exposure (shutter, aperture) or ISO settings in video mode. No Auto focus either. You can neither set them during nor before the video.
- Videos are limited to 4-6 minutes in duration.

I would suggest the nikon D 5300. Its video duration is upto 20 minutes. It has Auto Focus and Manual movie exposure and ISO settings. In Manual mode, the aperture does not really change, BUT there is a work around for that. You can find it on youtube.

Its priced around Rs40k. But i saw it selling for Rs. 32k with kit lens and mfg warranty on Amazon in July.
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