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The Goon
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I'm hoping I can rely on some collective wisdom here. We have a brand new baby boy, and the out-of-town grandparents are insisting that I buy a video camera so I can send them videos of the little guy.

The last time I operated a personal video camera was in 1984, and I literally had a VCR in a bag over my shoulder separate from the camera. I know that they've changed a bit since then, and I've seen ads for these tiny cameras that say "post directly to YouTube/Facebook/whatever".

Can anyone give a recommendation for me on something that's easy to use, with a lot of functionality? This is strictly for home movies, I won't be shooting an indie flick.
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I'm in the same boat as you: There are instances here and there when I want to be able to shoot some video, but I don't need something "professional." If you enjoy taking photos, I'd recommend the new Canon Rebel, which in addition to being great cameras for taking photos, now has video capabilities as well.

What I like most about it is not having to haul two cameras around to places/events at which I would like to shoot both video and photos.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32
I'm a little more budget-oriented (which is to say "cheap") so I'll throw out the ubiquitous Flip (The W at Amazon), which is available in many configurations and options and colours and most all of them can be had for under $150 (and some under $100!) easy.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.46
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I'm a little more budget-oriented (which is to say "cheap") so I'll throw out the ubiquitous Flip (The W at Amazon), which is available in many configurations and options and colours and most all of them can be had for under $150 (and some under $100!) easy.


Honestly, I didn't even think about the price. I guess it makes sense that someone might not want to spend $900 on a camera. I think this is a good suggestion too, I have at least two friends who have these cameras and are happy with them.



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I like the idea of the Rebel (but perhaps not the price). All of my cameras over the years have been Canon.

Perhaps if Grandpa can pony up some cash it would be an option, and at the same time, I can get a Flip as a nice gift for my wife.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.01
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    I'm in the same boat as you: There are instances here and there when I want to be able to shoot some video, but I don't need something "professional." If you enjoy taking photos, I'd recommend the new Canon Rebel, which in addition to being great cameras for taking photos, now has video capabilities as well.

    What I like most about it is not having to haul two cameras around to places/events at which I would like to shoot both video and photos.


I will second this.

The other big advantage is the ability to take stills to test what the video will look like.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I own a Sanyo Xacti CG-10. Dirt cheap (~$150), takes still photos as well as video in HD or standard, and has both optical and digital zoom. It's also small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Certainly not the best camera on the market, but for the price it does everything I've ever wanted it to do.
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