My Wife Surprised me with an ALL EXPENSE PAID SHOPPING SPREE last night at Circuit City. For some time NOW I have bee researching Camcorders for home and web coasting. I had the list down to 5 in the $400-$700 range and 4 into the $1000 to $1500 range - these were dream numbers, comparing a quality home camcorder to a semipro model that I could do more documentary style content with.
I came home with a Panasonic 3CCD (a major feature I had in my check list) and that has tons of manual and auto bells and whistles. I recorded and played on the computer last night about 30 minutes of context taken in all room light conditions, I used the LED night lamp for recording outside in total darkness, I tried my wireless mic system out and was able to talk in crystal clear sound 30 ft from the camera at a normal voice.
I was (and still am) blown away at the colors in limited lighting and the sharpness and lack of fuzz you often see in low lighting. The 10X optical and 700X digital zoom (it limits itself to 10/27 so you don't go pixelated) and the 27 digital setting was still quite impressive.
The files are saved in AVI and I have 3 great editing programs to get into documentary stuff right away. I'll put something together tomorrow for you lucky broadbanders to see streaming - you diapers may need to download it first. But I'll keep the size small enough to not inflate the file size too much, but I'll be giving you HIGH CLARITY - just to show it off a bit.
This was a great gift, including camera, a nice case, extra 4 hour battery, light-shoe, 6 Mini-DV tapes and some other accessories to complete my surprise gift.
I thank my wife for this. It has been a rough week with my Mom's passing. I just received her ashes today and tomorrow we will place her by my father and brother in a private ceremony. Have a few hours to charge batteries, read books on how to use everything thing and all REALLY help this day go smoother than it could - My wife Tracey is a great gift from God, you have not nor never will hear me ever say a negative word about her - she is the girl that every boy (and we have been together 22 years now) who is PROUD to take home and meet the parents.