As our son is getting older (already 8 months), we're noticing more and more times we want to record things he does. Looking for an HD camcorder. Suggestions would be great. Please give some reasons why you suggest a certain brand.
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Canon DSLRs like suggested do great video, but will run at least $700 with a lens. Canon also makes consumer HD camcorders (Vixia) that are quite good and will run you $300-$1000 depending on options. Sony and Panasonic have similar camcorders and Nikon DSLRs are competitive with Canon's. You can find camcorders even cheaper with less options. The Sanyo XACTI VPC-CG20 HD (if you can find one) is around $100 and has manual controls for focus, exposure, and shutter, which is nice (a lot of cameras at this price have all auto, which doesn't always work correctly), but you'd have to learn how to correctly use it. Other options would be point and shoot cameras, which now do 1080p video, android/iOS devices, or Flip type cameras.
There's a lot to take into consideration - battery life, recording capacity and media, video format, external audio options are just a few you might not have considered. Your computer and editing software could factor in also.
My suggestion is to look at dedicated camcorders (that record on internal HDD or SD card) first. If you'd like to take pictures also, DSLRs do great video and have more of a learning curve, but are by no means hard to use. If your budget isn't quite at that level, but you'd like something that does better with stills, there are a lot of good options for point and shoots. Or go crazy and get a Red or a Sony F65.
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