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Camcorders - 10/6/2014 7:04:04 AM   
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Hi All.....

I'm looking for a decent, small, inexpensive (Under $400?) camcorder that has a viewfinder.

I try to take video with my Nikon D5200 and unless it's a cloudy day, I can't see what is happening on the display so my videos are horrible. I've tried to take video with my iPhone, but I have the same problem..... the display fades in the sunshine.
I either need an umbrella to shade my camera, or I need to look through a viewfinder, but that seems to be a hard thing to find these days.

Any recommendations?

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RE: Camcorders - 10/7/2014 6:17:02 AM   
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I just bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. It's not an everyday throw around camera but it is a top of the line camera and camcorder. I've tried the slow motion and it's awesome. I haven't really tried the 4K video yet, but I'm sure I'll like it when I do. And the photos are awesome. It might be bulky for most people, though.

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RE: Camcorders - 10/8/2014 4:57:53 AM   
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That resembles my Nikon and looks like it might have the same issue with the display and sunshine?
Can you shoot video while looking through the viewfinder?

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RE: Camcorders - 10/8/2014 6:20:06 AM   
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The viewfinder is very clear and works perfectly on that camera while taking video. It's almost like looking at a high def screen.

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RE: Camcorders - 10/12/2014 10:48:54 PM   
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I'd love to know where you can purchase an FZ1000 for under 400 bucks.

So Kayla, are you looking for a camera that takes video or a real camcorder? The problem is that not many of the cheaper camcorder models have a viewfinder rather than using an LCD screen on the back. Nor do many of the DSLR group provide a viewfinder for video.

I don't know if this is of any interest, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is a point and shoot that has an EVF as well as an LCD screen. It also has a 30x optical zoom and a number of other advanced features. I currently have the silver one on back order, but I believe the black model is available for your budget.



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RE: Camcorders - 10/14/2014 5:45:45 AM   
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ORIGINAL: gjslaw

So Kayla, are you looking for a camera that takes video or a real camcorder? The problem is that not many of the cheaper camcorder models have a viewfinder rather than using an LCD screen on the back. Nor do many of the DSLR group provide a viewfinder for video.


I already have a camera that takes video but trying to shoot video on a bright day while looking at the LCD screen is not very productive. My daughter runs track and I only managed to get one decent video all season because it was a cloudy and dreary day.
[brag mode on] Luckily the video was the race for the 400 meter State Champion, which she won. Woo Hoo!! So Proud. [/brag mode off]
But the video is a bit shaky in parts because tripods are not allowed at the state meet. Looking through a view finder would add some stability as it's braced against my face.

I'll check out the link to the Lumix.
At this point, for what I want to use it for, I don't even care if the unit has a LCD screen at all.

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RE: Camcorders - 10/14/2014 10:56:26 AM   
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You might also want to take a look at something like this screen hood.

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RE: Camcorders - 10/14/2014 8:35:51 PM   
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You might also want to take a look at something like this screen hood.


YES, YES, YES....... but not exactly. Looking at that led me to something like THIS. Shade and stability.
How come I didn't know these existed? Go figure.

Now I have to figure out which one to get. It looks like there are a lot of options.

Thanks for the nudge in that direction Greg.

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RE: Camcorders - 10/14/2014 8:45:52 PM   
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I just realized that both of you recommended a Panasonic Lumix. Different flavors, but same brand.
I guess I should look into those a bit more.

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