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post #1 of 4 Old 04-25-2016, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Decent Camcorder?

Looking for a good camcorder to record rides. Needs to have a crisp image that doesn't blur when there is a lot of action + good image quality (1080p). Long battery life. Would prefer lightweight but quality is more important. External microphone jack if the audio quality is bad. Not really willing to pay much more than 1k.

Do any of yall have recommendations and/or video examples? I would really appreciate it
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-25-2016, 02:00 PM
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Pretty much any on-board audio is going to be bad; tiny recorders which are part of the body just don't work for quality audio.

The only advice I can give is that these days pretty much all modern DSLRs will do good quality video with manual controls (so you can get those sharp results) and with audio ports so you can use a microphone of some form. You also get the bonus of interchangeable lenses.

There are downsides- they are not as easy to handhold as camcorders are (ergonomically speaking that is); they can have some horizontal plane problems where things get a bit slidy (the sensor reads data line by line so REALLY fast motion can have the subject moving before the camera has read the next line - you can see this on helicopter blades where the blade appears to blend - that's also an idea of how fast something has to be moving to get this effect so for horses it shouldn't be a factor); they don't have built in stabilization so you have to get a lens with that (at least this is true for Canon and Nikon).

A good tripod with a video panning head might help resolve many of those issues.


The DSLR is a compromise but has some neat features; however a straight video camcorder might be a better option for what you need;sadly I can't compare directly as I don't have/use a camcorder.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-25-2016, 03:12 PM
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I desperately want the Soloshot 3 thats on pre-order right now. You set it up on a tripod, attach the small tracker to your clothing and the camera follows you up to 1000 ft away. Also does automatic zoom in and out. Its a perfect equestrian camera and can be ordered for under $600 right now. It will start shipping this summer.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-23-2016, 09:36 PM
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Sony AX33. Runs for $1000CDN so thats about $700USD. Its big brother (AX100) is one of the most commonly used camcorders for professional videographers but it runs at about 2K CDN.
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