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    Cameras, what are you using?

    I've got 3 digital cameras but none really shoot videos worth a hoot so I'm in the market for one under $300.00 that does a good job. I'm looking for something to capture videos more than pictures as the others do OK for that. It doesn't have to be HD and not too crazy about one that uses DVD's but memory cards and has to have a decent zoom for trying to get up-close on the back straights, 12x or more. I like the look of cameras that are more like an SLR.
    I'm going to the Indy Hydro Masters in Hobart, IN race next month and would like to get some videos from there.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    Hi Ron,

    We bought this camera a couple of years ago before we went on our Europe holiday (never again) and Im happy with the photo and video it takes. Has auto mode and SLR manual mode. Check the link....

    Kodak EasyShare ZD710 Digital Camera

    Got it for around $260 USD.
    As we didn't want to spend alot.
    Wanted it to take both good photos and video.
    Not just video.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    Thanks Ross. I picked up a Canon XR-900 yesterday for a song! It had only been used a few times by the previous owner, Tom Borisch. One of the vids shot with it: http://www.classonerc.com/Movies/movies.html
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I use the Canon SD series as my still and for occasional video. My vid camera is the new Samsung SD memory camera. It is fantastic and has the anti-jitter technology which isn't steadycam quality but works O.K. and is Youtube upload ready ( real easy to use ) and it was under $300........

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    After getting this one I'm finding out that the pieces that I need aren't easy to find. Even the storage battery, a CR-1616 is out of stock at a lot of places plus I need the jumper cable to connect the camera to the computer. Maybe this camera wasn't such a deal after all but it does have some sweet features.
    I still may be in the market for another camera that uses the Mini-DV cassettes so that I can use that for uploading videos. This way my son and I can both shoot videos and cover a lot more territory and angles.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I use a nikon D80 for everything I havent tried the vide part of it yet..I have a small JVC vid camera I use..it has an internal hard drive so no discs,cards or tapes to keep up with..and another nice thing is when I attach it to a computer to downlaod the vids it downloads the softare for it from its hard drive so no matter what computer I use it will have the corect software for it to work

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    Fuji makes a nice one. I shopped around quite a bit and settled on the S700 and will be using it at the race.

    I used it tonight to shoot the lakeshore where the race will be.

    Has everything a 35mm SLR has plus more, I've been digging it. Last year I took videos of the Air and Water Show in Chicago and turned out really nice, zoom and all while shooting. Even has a macro and micro setting that is amazing. It does take a second for it to find its focus when you zoom while recording but it does okay.

    It also has a standard thread on the lens so you can buy lenses to fit. I bought an anti-glare UV filter plus just a clear to protect it.

    I think I paid $250 a year or so ago, but noticed they have come down a bit since then. Comes with a CD, patch cord and takes the SD memory cards which is the kind you want. A 2GB card gives you a half-hour of shooting and takes four AA's.

    I bought some nickel metal AA's and they last way over an hour in video.

    All in all for what I have been using it for it has done a fantastic job and really haven't been sorry I bought it.

    I suppose if you're looking for constant focus while zooming you could probably pull it off with this camera because of the adapter threads and go with a true zoom lens to attach to it, but you might pick up some of the lens housing in the picture...not sure, but it might be something to think about.

    Standard form, it will be able to zoom past what range you'll be using on the course not a problem. You probably would be able to fill the window up pretty nice with one boat anywhere on the backstraight.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I use a Canon Rebel xsi for my pics,

    next purchase will be a Video Camera.

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I use a Fuji Finepix older version.

    It doesn't have hi res hd but at 640x480 it's not that bad. Next one I get will definitely be HD. My girlfriend picked up one for just over 200 that has HD video. It's pretty awesome.

    Here's a vid from my Fuji FinePix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnYXfOo637A

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I use Nikon cameras,

    I have a Nikon D70 with standard lens, 70 - 300 macro lens & a 200 x 500 telephoto lens. My second camera is a Nikon D90 and my third is a Nikon D300 wich I use for my business. I am currently looking for a Large Format digital camera.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I have a Panasonic TZ-15 camera. Im happy with it. HD video, although the video quality wasnt as good as i'd hoped. but it makes great photos and the zoom is great too

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    Be happy with what you all have. I'm stuck with a my 1985 vintage Pentax Super Program or the wife's 5 year old ZX-60 for still shots and a Panasonic mini-VHS camcorder for videos. One day I might be looking at a K-20D and a mini-DVD camera, though that may not happen until film goes out of production[X(]

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I am using and loving my Pentax K200D. A water resistant DSLR that is under $600? Yea you bet it's a hell of a camera.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    So far this Canon is a nightmare. I dropped $50.00 on jumper cords that I can hardly use. The intent was to upload directly into this thing which can't happen because I don't have a Firewire connection so that's another $60.00+. Went out and bought a DVD burner for the idiot box and can upload the vids into that but then the stupid things aren't being recognized by the 'puter now. I gotta be messing something up, recording in the wrong mode or something. Back to reading the instruction manual...............
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    For onboard video, I'm using a GoPro RC Hero. Not fantastic quality, but the onboard perspective is unique.

    For still shots, I'm using a Nikon D70s. Using a 70-300 mm Nikor zoom lens. The camera is a lot more skilled than the user. It gets clear shots when my many other digital cameras get nothing but blur. This is a fast camera, large digitizer, and has the ability to get a sharp picture on an overcast day, with a fast moving subject.

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    Ron,
    Check out the Nikon 5000. Its excellent, easy to use and VERY affordable on eBay, especially used. They have newer models like 5100 and I believe the 5200 (12+mega pixels). Video quality is a little better than the one you have now but its not a HD Video camera. Here's some photos I've taken with it.
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I am happy with a new Canon SX-20 I picked up. 12MP stills, 720 video, and a 20X zoom (to 560mm). It was $299 after rebate with free shipping.

    I also picked up a Rebel T1i DSLR for stills and video as I have a lot of L glass but cannot get smooth motorized zooming like this compact canon. It is going back.

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I just ordered one of these:
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=10093
    yesterday, it doesn't zoom, but it's light enough for on board, and I checked out some youtube against the model, looked clear and good resolution. I'll probably make up something to stick it on a band around my head, it has voice record too, so I'm thinking it should record any time a motor is running for on-board.

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    i bought myself a new Casio Exlim EX-Z80 at best buy for about $140 bux.
    features 8.1 mega pixels
    2.6 wideLCD color screen
    3X zoom
    You tube ready
    Takes videos also
    holds 12.4 MB memory. And has a SD card slot which I added a 4 GB card
    Pretty good all around camera for average joe

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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I used a Cannon SD1000 for a long time for vids, it's Small, It's Cheap, easy to use, SDmemory card, my son started using it at around 10 or 11 yr old to vid me running the boats, I'm not real fond of the Digital Zoom. Now I use(and my son) a Sanyo XactiHD2000A with 16X Optical Zoom.

    Cannon SD100 Vids, Ok for A Cheap Digital
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    RE: Cameras, what are you using?

    I clipped on one of these:
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...isk_Micro_SD__
    to the handle of my RC transmitter, and got this:
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    Cheap, and Light. I've since taken on board video from one of my gliders as well.


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