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#1 Cranky Farmer

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 04:01 PM

My Sony Mini -DV video camera has grown legs and disappeared. I would like to pick up another to use for recording my family adventures and maybe a few of my hunts. Anyone have any recomendations for a good unit that would be suitable for use around the house and in the field for recording shots out to around 150 yards?Thanks!!

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:51 PM

What's your price range? Costco has a decent selection. If you're looking to spend under $400 for mini DV I'd stick with the Sony or Panasonic models, they consitantly rank the best in their class and have high optical zooms. I have a 2004 model Panasonic PV-GS14 w/22x optical zoom. It does pretty good for $295 on sale, although the quality of the digital camera option isn't great. The newer models take higher quality still pics if you care about that. They're fun for shots like this:Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageI believe we had a discussion on this topic a while back, and there were some good links posted if you care to search back a bit.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:04 PM

I knew you'd have an answer for him, Ben. ;)

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:18 PM

Forgot to add, you may want to put aside some money for accessories. Like a UV filter and at least one extra battery at a minimum. I got a 5-hour battery and it's great for filming hunts or long events.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:22 PM

I must have missed the previous post on this subject. I will go see if I can find it!!So what are the chances of getting to see some more of those video clips??

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:37 PM

I don't know how to post videos on the web, and I don't have any video software on the computer anyways. But I did make a 25-min DVD of my '05 Cedarville trip. I had to edit the DVD the old fashioned way- stop record stop record etc but turned out ok. There are some serious rocket launches from my 223 in the video, they'd put North Korea's rocket launching ability to shame. :) I donated a copy for the club raffle back in April. Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:49 PM

I have a copy too and have watched it too many times to count. I've also shown it to several friends too. Everybody thinks it's great. Love to watch the grass rats fly. :)

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:22 PM

Family outing ruined by a 223 40gr Vmax @ 3700fps. I waited and waited for these guys to line up in a row so I could get all three at once, but they wouldn't cooperate. So I took out their leader first, got the rest later.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImageHere's another sequence.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:33 PM

Awesome carnage!!

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:18 PM

Did I say I really enjoyed that DVD? :)

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:38 PM

From the pictures it looks like it would be a good 'un !!

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:40 PM

Maybe Ben will let me burn you a copy? :)

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:51 PM

Ben, would you mind?

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:28 AM

Go for it. :)By the way, everything shot in that video was from a lowly NEF 223 and Black Hills remanufactured 40gr Nosler Ballistic Tips.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:19 AM

I just bought a Panasonic PV-GS39. Usually sells at Circuit City for $350, but I waited for a real good sale and got it for $270. Light/portable, nice optical-digital zoom power and uses an SD card to store still photo's. Got real good reviews everywhere I checked (on the net). I don't like Sony and all of their proprietary accessories.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 11:21 PM

Did I say I really enjoyed that DVD?

So John, was it worth the money? :D I suppose that will help compensate you for the time you spent getting me started reloading.

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 08:49 AM

So John, was it worth the money? :lol: I suppose that will help compensate you for the time you spent getting me started reloading.

Yep, I figure we're paid up. :D It's a fun DVD, that little camera does amazingly well. :lol:

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 03:28 PM

I ordered that Panasonic today.. should be here next week.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 05:53 AM

Heath - Good choice :( Which model did you get?I just got back from vacation using my new Panasonic and it performed better than I expected. The still pictures was lacking, but it was pretty much designed for email pictures rather than printing out 8X10's.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:30 AM

I went with the Panasonic PV-GS39 like you recommended after reading its reviews. Have you goofed with the night shot mode at all?

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 07:07 AM

Havn't played with the night shot feature.... I'm happy with the camera so far and has lived up to its good reviews. Now its just a matter of sitting down and learning the features. Hope your as happy with it as I am.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 07:16 AM

I want to go get some jack rabbit blasting footage as soon as I get it here.




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