Need help choosing a camera for video
November 25, 2009 8:26 AM Subscribe
Wife wants a video camera, I want a still camera that shoots video. Hope us!
posted by bDiddy to technology (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The wife and I are soon going to be parents and as such I would like to be able to take HD video of our son.
I currently have a Panasonic Lumix Camera that managed to get some dust inside the lens. Ideally I would like to replace this with a newer Lumix camera that shoots HD.
I don't know if the wife wants HD or if she just wants to be able to shoot 3 hours straight of video.
Either way, I don't really want to have to worry about carrying a still camera and a video camera but I may lose that battle.
To me, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 seems to be the best bet. I've been very happy with the stills on my current Panasonic, aside from dust smudges.
So that was the build-up, here's the question(s):
Will the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS3 shoot video for as long as I want, or is there a limit to video length other than memory card size? Is there a better option for shooting decent stills and HD video aside from that camera in the $300-$400 range? Or, is there a decent handheld HD video recorder that is much better than the video taken by the Lumix that is around that price?
That's a lot of questions. I guess the bottom line is I'm looking to find out if digital camcorders in the $300-$400 are superior to the P&S cameras in the same price range. I doubt that they are, but I have no evidence to back it up.
Note: As great as I'm sure they are, DSLR cameras are out of the question. I'd love one, but they're just too big.