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    good video camera for hunting

    my dad is looking for a good video camera to use while hunting and around house w/ granddaughter when not hunting. nothing professional grade just something you can buy at best buy or somewhere similar. i have one that i like but he doesn't b/c it doesn't have the eye piece to look through. on mine you find everything on the screen. he can't do this b/c he has to have reading glasses which makes it tough while hunting. any suggestions for good video camera?



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    Help me find something nice for family to give ole man for Christmas. Thanks in advance

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    Heres my suggestion, a Mini DV camcorder or DVD. I got on this year for hunting, and also aroudnthe house and whatever, wanted it to be small becuase it would be mounted to my bow.

    Well my buddy has a Sony HC52? i think... or somehting like that, he bought it new from circuit city for aorund $300. I found this sony HC28 on ebay. Only differance I see was the zoom level. I got it for like $100 shipped. I think it was from a store going out of buisness, advertised as 'used' but not a sctahc, had every thing but the box. great little camera, i did this hunt with it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3dqksjR_Ck

    The clicking sound is from the camera. I think while shooting with it on the bow something got messed up in it. But cant blame the camcorder for that. I have another bowkill video from a double bull blind i need to edit and upload soon too.

    Thats my suggestion, browse ebay for a good used camcorder in mini DV or DVD format. And get a firewire cable from ebay. I got a belkin firewire cable from staples for $35, looked on ebay bought the SAME ONE for $5 shipped. Returned the other to staples. Thats my suggestion, the way these camcorderd break and junk... i dont see the point in buying new, but rather a nice used.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks. Any other suggestions?

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    suggestions

    I just got a Panasonic SDR 26. I mounted to the front of my bow with a bowpix mount. It has a 70x Zoom and it's about the size of a pack of cigarettes.

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    I use a Sony Hanycam w/60x optical zoom. I mount it to a Gorilla camera arm and only $400 in the whole set-up brand new.
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    thanks for the help guys. have been forwarding the newer suggestions to my dad since christmas has come and gone and he got something else as a present. let him do a little research and figure out what he wants

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    I have a Panasonic GS500. Works good!
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    Canon HV30. By far the best camera for the money. You can get one off ebay $400 to $500. Its HD so the quality is outstanding!! You can get after market accessories for it too... like better lenses and microphones. Get a mic for it and you'll have one of the best little damn cameras out there!!!!!

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    i use a small sony handycam which is relatively inexpensive and works great, filmed 3 hog hunts on it saturday and they turned out perfect
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