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Old 07-26-2014, 07:10 AM   #1
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What have you found as the best video camera for videoing your hunts when alone and also videoing for other while they hunt? Don't want fancy and don't want cheap but a good user camera. Is this available in the $500 range? I may need to shell out more than that not sure. Sorry for all the questions I'm not a tech person.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:15 AM   #2
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hands down this. It is my go to camera. HD, Small, amazing zoom,steady shot, great wide angle,12 megapixels, SD card and has 64 gig built in internal memory. New they were close to 2grand..now you can pick one up for close to your budget. I love this camera. Good luck!

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Old 07-26-2014, 09:27 AM   #3
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I also have a GO PRO 3+ and find it a great camera also for what it does, but I only use it as an addition but never my main camera. I like close shots and the ability to zoom etc. GO PRO will not do that. Still a great little camera but only as an addition to the main Sony.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:41 AM   #4
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I agree with the Handycam. My only complaint is the microphone. Might be worth choosing a model you can plug a mic into.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:42 AM   #5
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I just picked up a Panasonic V-550 for $300 that is outright impressive!!! The 90X zoom with 5-axis stabilization is amazing!!! We film fishing shows and commercials with some really high end equipment, which I didn't want to lug around the woods, and found this little guy. I use it for my "A" shots and a GoPro for my "B" shots. Plus, its light enough to attach to a Solvid head strap system!
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:05 AM   #6
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I agree with the Handycam. My only complaint is the microphone. Might be worth choosing a model you can plug a mic into.
The Sony in photo has great sound. Internal Stereo mics and it does have a mic input. I have plugged in a Rhodes mic in some instances. The internal stereo mics on the Sony in photo is pretty amazing for most scenarios.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:07 AM   #7
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I just picked up a Panasonic V-550 for $300 that is outright impressive!!! The 90X zoom with 5-axis stabilization is amazing!!! We film fishing shows and commercials with some really high end equipment, which I didn't want to lug around the woods, and found this little guy. I use it for my "A" shots and a GoPro for my "B" shots. Plus, its light enough to attach to a Solvid head strap system!
you have a link we can view what you shot with the Panasonic?
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:13 AM   #8
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you have a link we can view what you shot with the Panasonic?
Haven't had a chance to get out and film with it yet, just mess around with it around the house and what not. Youtube has a bunch of videos highlighting the zoom of the camera. Come September though, it will be in elk country filming 6 different hunts!!! That will be the real test!!
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Thanks for the info. Been browsing online for a while but need to pick one up and learn it pretty quick.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:23 AM   #10
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Haven't had a chance to get out and film with it yet, just mess around with it around the house and what not. Youtube has a bunch of videos highlighting the zoom of the camera. Come September though, it will be in elk country filming 6 different hunts!!! That will be the real test!!
will have to look into this camera. Looks like a good one! Great zoom. Ya gotta have a smooth zoom. Loving the Panasonic Lumix SLR cameras out now.. amazing 4K. Friend has one and its stunning! Its hard to believe the video camera is only $300.00 and still be quality? Ya never know anymore. is it wide angle and has steady feature?
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:39 AM   #11
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Anyone have that Panasonic V750 ?
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:19 AM   #12
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whats the scoop with the Panasonic V750? costs? features?
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:21 AM   #13
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Speaking of amazing new cameras. This is the LUMIX GH4
(by Panasonic) 4K
Buddy has a few of them and what a stunning camera.The 4K is off the charts. Body is around 1,700.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:39 AM   #14
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whats the scoop with the Panasonic V750? costs? features?
I think the 750 is right at $600. Has a range of more advanced features when it comes to microphone, still image pictures and more advanced videography options, but the zoom isn't near as good as the 550. When it came down to just using the camera to produce amateur hunting videos, I couldn't spend the extra $300, when the overall quality of the video will be the same.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:43 AM   #15
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I think the 750 is right at $600. Has a range of more advanced features when it comes to microphone, still image pictures and more advanced videography options, but the zoom isn't near as good as the 550. When it came down to just using the camera to produce amateur hunting videos, I couldn't spend the extra $300, when the overall quality of the video will be the same.
Good to know. Thanks!! I saw a few videos of the zoom it had. Pretty impressive. A good steady zoom is critical. Would love to see your videos when you put something together. The proof is always in the pudding
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:48 PM   #16
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Great thread I have been looking aroubd trying to figure out which one would work best and not break the bank! Cant afford a couple k just to film me shooting some pigs and does!
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:58 PM   #17
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What have you found as the best video camera for videoing your hunts when alone and also videoing for other while they hunt? Don't want fancy and don't want cheap but a good user camera. Is this available in the $500 range? I may need to shell out more than that not sure. Sorry for all the questions I'm not a tech person.
Bumping this as im sure camera technology changes in 3 years.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:10 PM   #18
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Great deals on hd video cameras this Black Friday including SD
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:19 PM   #19
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Bumping this as im sure camera technology changes in 3 years.
I bought the Panasonic 550 when I saw this thread a few years ago. Haven't seen a camera with a better zoom, still to this day.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:23 PM   #20
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Canon, Sony or Panasonic. Buy as much as you can afford.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:26 PM   #21
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hands down this. It is my go to camera. HD, Small, amazing zoom,steady shot, great wide angle,12 megapixels, SD card and has 64 gig built in internal memory. New they were close to 2grand..now you can pick one up for close to your budget. I love this camera. Good luck!

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-CX550...rds=sony+cx550
I have this very camera. It is very good in my opinion.

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Old 11-17-2017, 06:06 AM   #22
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Canon, Sony or Panasonic. Buy as much as you can afford.
Casey back 10 years or so ago i bought a Panasonic PSGV-500 (old mini DV technology) which i recall at the time i got some feedback on here that it was a "decent budget camera" based on the 3CCD. It does have a memory card slot so i may stick a 32g card in there and see if i can capture some decent video although i know it wont be digital.

Im just looking to capture some first hunts/kills w my kids on something better than the iphone and not looking to spend a lot becuase i know i will fall out of love with the idea of videoing every hunt. Although i do admire you guys that make the time and effort to do so.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:33 AM   #23
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This one. 4K, 5 axis stabilization, and great zoom. Light weight too. Sony AX-53.

https://www.sony.com/electronics/han...specifications
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:11 AM   #24
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Has anyone mounted one of these smaller camcorders to your bow? Would it work?
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:02 AM   #25
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Anyone know of the comparable model of the v-550? I am sure its different now that it is 3 years later.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:10 AM   #26
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I have a Canon Vixia HF R800 that I am super impressed with and it was only 300 bucks. I recently posted a thread where I am shooting at 950 using the Canon as the target camera from 950. Has a great zoom and 1080p HD.

Camera: http://www.campbellcameras.com/Canon...category=76950

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Old 12-06-2017, 02:00 PM   #27
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I have a Canon Vixia HF R800 that I am super impressed with and it was only 300 bucks. I recently posted a thread where I am shooting at 950 using the Canon as the target camera from 950. Has a great zoom and 1080p HD.

Camera: http://www.campbellcameras.com/Canon...category=76950

Video: http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...light=plinking


Thanks for the info do you have any other videos (hunting perhaps) that youíve shot w it?
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:59 PM   #28
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Thanks for the info do you have any other videos (hunting perhaps) that youíve shot w it?


https://youtu.be/M_H8WWU1-lg

Thatís the only other one Iíve got handy. All shot with it. Iíll be shooting some this weekend while I hunt I can post here for ya.


Sierracharlie outÖ
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:54 PM   #29
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Cannon Hf g20 is what I use.
Itís a beast of a little camera in my opinion.
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