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      07-21-2014, 08:10 AM   #1
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Looking for a good video cam for vacation

My wife and I are going to Disney in October and we were thinking of getting a video camera this time. We're not trying to drop a ton of money (under $800), so I wanted to see if there were any recommendations from people on here. Ideally, we'd like to have good battery life, decent storage, good zoom, HD and possibly night vision to record on rides and stuff.
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      07-21-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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I use my DSLR for short family videos all the time, but it's a higher than your budget even used or refurbed. It works for me since I already take my camera anyway, and it already shoots video, so no need for an extra device.

For a video camera GoPro seems to be the standard these days.

Can't really help much there as I am not familiar with them. I don't know specs, but is would look for one that has high ISO settings which will be like "night vision" since it can pick up more light in darker areas.

When I went to Disney, I used ISO 16,000 - 25,600 regularly especially inside the rides and my shots and videos came out very nicely. I don't know if any GoPros will go that high on ISO though.
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What would you recommend as far as a good entry level DSLR camera?
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I am a Canon guy, so the Canon Rebel line is what I would suggest. T5i is the newest one, shoots video, and goes up to ISO 25,600 which is plenty for poorly lit environments. It retails for $850 with an 18-55 lens.
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Nikon D3200, with a few lenses is $549. With case and memory card under $620! I love mine
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If you have no intentions of ever using interchangable lenses or do not care to carry any kind of heft with you the sony rx100 series of large sensor point and shoots will serve you very well for video. The latest model (the mark III) model is a huge improvement over the last two, all 3 versions do pretty well in low light as well. The camera has all the advanced manual features you could want if you one day want to go that route, or can go full auto if you don't have those intentions.
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