When I bought my video camera, I don’t know, four or five years ago, I wasn’t too concerned the quality of output. I mainly wanted a nice zoom and something that didn’t use a tape. I think cameras were at the transition point of moving from tape to hard drive. I ended up getting a Sony Handycam DCR-SR42. I really haven’t used it all too much. I even have the box. It’s sitting on my lap right now.
Here’s a review from 2007:
Sony HandyCam DCR-SR42 Digital Camcorder
It’s an okay camera, but as I watch more and more video, I am starting the notice something that really strikes me – high definition. It makes me crazy.
I paid about $600 for this camera, but like all technology, prices for things like this have come down. Now, for the same price, people can get some bad (meaning good) stuff. Check out what I’m talking about:
– GoPro HD HERO – $299
– Sony HDR-XR160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder – $598
Now mind you, these are two different machines. The GoPro is made for adventure. It’s kind of like one of those wrist watches that you can take with you while scuba diving and then bungee jumping. You think I’m kidding?
GoPro HD HERO camera: Base Jump Movie
It has available head straps and helmet fasteners. There are waterproof cases and all that kind of stuff. I am mainly concerned with high resolution, but here’s a good idea of what people use the camera for:
GoPro 2010 Highlights: You in HD
Honestly, I think most people just use it as a helmet cam.
Now, something that really strikes my fancy is the Sony HDR-XR160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder. It’s more professional (I think). The quality is there and the interface is very attractive. Take a look at a demo video:
1972 Datsun 240Z flyby (Testing the new Sony HDR XR160)
Now, you tell me, which would you rather have? I’m leaning towards the Sony, but I haven’t done all that much homework. Of course, I would have to sell my current camera if I were to get a new one, so it might be a while.