Help choosing Video Camera for 8 yr old Daughter

Goaty

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Hi,

I would like to get my daughter a video camera for Christmas. She is only 8 but has a real interest in making movies. I know absolutely nothing about video cameras (we don't even own one) so I thought I would go where I always go when I need help: Anandtech forums :D

I don't want to get her a toy, I want to get her a real video camera with the following characteristics:

- I am not thinking digital, she would have more fun popping her tape into the VCR than editing on a computer. But I am not inflexible on this if anybody thinks I am making a big mistake.

- $300 or so, not carved in stone, just a ballpark figure for what I hope to spend

- Durability & ease of use. I don't want a lot of buttons/features that will make it harder for her. Just basic functionality with nice big buttons.

Anybody have suggestions for a good, relatively cheap, basic entry-level video camera (not a toy!) for kids?

Remember I know nothing about video cameras so if my criteria is screwed up please let me know!

Thanks in advance for any and all help!
 

Mavrick007

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I'm not sure which model would be the best for your purposes, but I would look into getting a VHS-C camcorder.
She's small and the lighter weight and size of a VHS-C would be better, and then you can also pop the tape into a VHS machine with an adapter tape (VHS-C fits right inside the VHS adapter).

Any brand should do cause she just wants to have fun with it. Look in your price range. You can get a Panasonic PV-L352 for around $230-300, and it has some nice features to grow on.
 

Goaty

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Thanks!

This is just the kind of input that I am looking for. That Panasonic model looks pretty good and is within my price range.
 

NokiaDude

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Just don't get a HUGE camcorder that uses VHS tapes. That's what our dad had and I think he was the only one strong enough to carry it. I do know if you get her a Hi-8 camcorder they are lightweight small and durable. There's also an adapter to use the Hi-8 tapes in your VHS player.
 

Goaty

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Should I be looking at VHS-C or Hi8 for the format?

They both have "converters" available to play the tape in a VHS VCR right?

Any clear advantages/disadvantages to either format?

For accessories, I will need:

- carrying case
- rechargeable battery
- possibly a "VHS converter"
- what are the memory cards for? digital cameras only?


Yes, I really am ignorant on this subject :eek:

Thanks for all of the help, I do appreciate it!
 

Mavrick007

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Yes, memory cards are for the digital still pictures. I would say that HI8 is probably better quality, but it just depends on what the features are like too, and the price. Either should be good for your purposes. I would pick a couple of each, HI8 and VHS-C and then compare them.
 

oldfart

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VHS-C. You can pop it in an adapter and play it in the VCR. You can not do that with any 8mm including Hi8!
 

DeeKnow

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the web's an excellent source of information (... and mis-information too!)

pls note that you CANNOT play 8mm or Hi-8 tapes in a home VHS system - no such adapter exists.
the 8mm and hi-8 signals are simply not compatible with the VHS format

the VHS-C tapes are recorded in the same format as regular VHS... the cassette shell is smaller, and hence an adapter works for that ...


good luck

 

MatthewF01

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heheh are you going to put any of her 'films' on the Internet?

im sure some of us would like to see the work of your daughter, filmmaking prodigy!
 

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