End of Era for Camcorder?


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Films are endangered species today. And the digital revolution has spread from cameras to camcorders. Tapes are almost gone now (other than for the pros), hard-disk models emerged and soon disappearing, some brands have gone into only producing solid-state medium models (eg SD / SDHC / memory stick ).

Now some mid-range DSLR can record HD videos. With one price the hobbyists can kill two birds with one stone.

But the vise-versa can't be the same for camcorder can't give the control and flexibilities of a camera.

Those who have used DSLR to take HD videos please share: will you buy another camcorder?
 

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Will not buy a camcorder cos i m not a film maker haha.

Well Since that DSLR nowadays offers HD recording y do pple need to buy camcorder?? One of my colleague intended to buy a camcorder but later changes her mind. As she also take photos so wats the point of having 2 equipment where you can use it for 2 purpose. Unless left hand carry DSLR and Right hand carry Camcorder???

If feel like recording then i can change DSLR to recording. Had recorded the Drift Event during this year and the quality hmmm i should say A++. She had seen that clips and said quality not bad too.

Tats what i told her.
 

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That is one confirmation ... yeah thanks, I am in fact thinking of upgrading my normal camcorder to HD version .... why not grab a EOS 7D ... hmmm
 

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That is one confirmation ... yeah thanks, I am in fact thinking of upgrading my normal camcorder to HD version .... why not grab a EOS 7D ... hmmm
Check out www.camcorderinfo.com, you might pick up a few tips on what videographers look out for when getting a camcorder.

I would not say that the current implementation of HD on cameras can even come close to what camcorders can offer, but it may not take long and with a little more innovation.
 

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Well of course some features that camcorder offers, DSLR cant match off.

But its also depends on TS interest if he uses camcorder often so i should suggest he upgrade his camcorder.

But if his interest is more into photography n recording is nt tat often then i would suggest DSLR.

Cheerz just my humble suggestion.
 

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The problem with HD camcorders is you will need a lot of processing power on your computer to edit the footage, especially those that uses the AVCHD format. SD camcorder footage recorded in mpeg 2 format can be handled easily by many computers or laptops. As for handling HD in AVCHD format, a quad core processor will be desirable. There are workarounds if one does not have a quad core processor, but it gets pretty troublesome for most people.
 

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The HD video quality from a dslr is still far from an average hd camcorder...i'm not going to use a dslr to shoot video for convenience unless i don't have time to pull out my camcorder (esp during events).
Quality VS Convenience, i will choose quality without a doubt. for now, it's still dslr for photos, camcorder for video.

i'm looking to upgrade to a semi pro camcorder for its superior quality.
 

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The HD video quality from a dslr is still far from an average hd camcorder...i'm not going to use a dslr to shoot video for convenience unless i don't have time to pull out my camcorder (esp during events).
Quality VS Convenience, i will choose quality without a doubt. for now, it's still dslr for photos, camcorder for video.

i'm looking to upgrade to a semi pro camcorder for its superior quality.
Yes that I would agree! My mobile phone today can capture more pixels (5MB) than my faithful D30 but in terms of quality there is no match!

Also agree that it depends on the purpose. If just for moving pic record, dslr video could satisfy that.

I doubt it is the constraints of technology that can't make quality still/video into one body. More like commercial reasons. Example, think the earlier models of Powershot G series with swivel screen were an unintended 'mistake' -- too good a feature at those prices. I suspect this feature will return in the future.
 

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