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Hey guys,
I am in need of a new video camera. It will be used for recording pretty much anything but it will also be used for some helmet camera shots. That being said, it MUST have VTR (video tape recording) capability because that is the only way I can record onto it via a helmet camera ( www.helmetcamera.com is the one I am using). I also want a spot for the lanc connection to go to... having a lanc remote makes things all the more easier. It needs to be able to connect to a computer either by a USB cable or via firewire cable. The better the video quality the more interested I would be in buying it. Can you guys point me in the right direction? Links even maybe? I have about $500 to spend.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Ska-T said:
I use the sony HC32. It's small, has lanc, great quality and the right price. Here's a link.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...t&productCategoryId=cat04015&id=1099382960858
I use a helmet cam with it also.
I Agree on the Sony HC30 or 42 I get great footage from mine. If you want best color quality though you have to use a 3 chip camera. The difference is amazing but the price will go up and you might start wondering about crashing. Panasonic has a small 3CCD cam around $600. Don't know about the connections on it but I know people who use them as helmet cam. Sony cameras are the most dependable but 3chip camera go up over a grand
 

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I Agree on the Sony HC30 or 42 I get great footage from mine. If you want best color quality though you have to use a 3 chip camera. The difference is amazing but the price will go up and you might start wondering about crashing. Panasonic has a small 3CCD cam around $600. Don't know about the connections on it but I know people who use them as helmet cam. Sony cameras are the most dependable but 3chip camera go up over a grand
Here are the links to those Panasonics in order from cheapest to most expensive, but they are all pretty expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16830180034

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16830180046

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16830180037
 

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why not get the samsung sport cam... its smaller then carrying all that stuff and is very rugged... its like 800 canadian in stores so im sure u could find it cheaper on;line...
 

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Definitely go with Firewire transfer and not USB. USB isn't designed for transferring data in a continuous stream so you might get some dropped frames. I'd say for this price range look into the Optura series. Full manual controls and great for the price. If you end up being able to spend around 800-900 ish then look into the TRV900 on ebay.
 

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http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=215745

so far, the best footage at the best price. 3CCD is broadcast quality videos, as well as taking 2.3 or 2.5mp still shots during taping, instead of taking one out of the video. Its light, affordable and if you buy a wide angle lense - you are all set. When you will compare the footage of GS150 or GS250 to Canon GL2, which most filmers use for sports, you will see no difference, if you run some tests ... then you will see some. And if you hook up a good Helmet cam to it, you will get some absolutely sick footage!
 

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i think your only real option is a low-end sony,
cuz anything else for @ the $500 range won't have a lanc connector.
as for a 3-chip, it doesnt matter at all if you're talking about using it
as a helmetcam record deck, 'cuz it's dependent on the helmetcam's rez & not the camcorder's....
 
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