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Camera/Camcorder advice?


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Hello, i'm thinking of splashing out on a new digital camera or camcorder in the next few weeks, but would appreciate some 'non-online review' advice. I have about 300 to spend and i'm looking for a step up from standard entry models. I have lots of experience with film cameras, but i've not really delved into the digital realm.

In a camera i'm looking for an intuitive menu system, good images and hopefully some creative control over what I capture. Not sure if I can get an SLR for this price, but it would be nice!

In a camcorder, ideally it would record to HD or miniDV, with the process of transferring video to a Mac as painless as possible. Mainly looking at recording band practices/gigs with it.

Sorry for the vague outlines, but i've been trawling the internet all morning and it's all starting to read the same!

Any and all help is appreciated!

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The higher the optical zoom the better.

Comet have some good camcorders.

You don't need to spend a lot on a camera to get good shots. Fuji do some excellent cameras for about 100 these will do good quality video too.

A lot of camcorders will allow you to take still's too, mount on tripods, attatch lenses and filters. Try for one with HD, largest optical zoom possible, autofocus and 16:2 widescreen

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