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Top 10 User Rated Camcorders For Under $300

Highest rated camcorders for those on a budget By Guy Wright

In the market for a new camcorder but dont want to spend a fortune? Heres a list of ten camcorders that received high marks from users who own them. They may not be the absolute latest and greatest (some of them are last years models) but for the aspiring videographer they should do the trick. All of them feature image stabilization (for those of us with a less than steady hand) and many feature still shot, MPEG Movie mode, or the ability to shoot in very low light.

Youll find four Sony Hi-8 camcorders (and one Sharp Hi-8) at the top of the list and even though these arent digital cameras they still do a very nice job.

Sony Handycam CCD-TRV128
Sony Handycam CCD-TRV128 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder
$200 - $300
Hi-8
1 CCD
20x optical zoom / 990x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
Image stabilizer
1 Lux
Mono
Built-in light and new NightShot Plus system that allows for recording in darkness

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Sony Handycam CCD-TRV318Sony Handycam CCD-TRV318 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder
$176 - $248
Hi-8
1 CCD
20x optical zoom / 560x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
Image stabilizer
1 Lux
Hi-Fi Mono
Built-in video light and SteadyShot Picture Stabilization System

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Sony Handycam CCD-TRV68Sony Handycam CCD-TRV68 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder
$298
Hi-8
1 CCD
20x optical zoom / 460x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
Image stabilizer
0.4 Lux
Mono
Features Picture Stabilization, NightShot 0.4 Lux System, and an improved 20X Optical / 460x Digital zoom

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Sony Handycam CCD-TRV308Sony Handycam CCD-TRV308 Hi-8 Analog Camcorder
$288
Hi-8
1 CCD
20x optical zoom / 460x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
Image stabilizer
0.4 Lux
Mono
Built-in light, Nightshot, 20x optical, 460x digital zoom and 8 picture effects

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Sharp Viewcam VL-AH150USharp Viewcam VL-AH150U Hi-8 Analog Camcorder
$209
Hi-8
1 CCD
16x optical zoom / 400x digital zoom
3 LCD display
Image stabilizer
0.8 Lux
Mono
Still Shot capability
3" Hi 8mm Color LCD Screen Viewcam with 16x Optical Zoom and Dual Picture Effects

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Samsung SC-D23Samsung SC-D23 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
$235.00 - $264.00
Mini DV
1 CCD
10x optical zoom / 800x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
Image stabilizer
0.3 Lux
12/16 Bit PCM Digital Stereo Audio
Still Shot capability
MPEG Movie mode
Built-in DSC (Memory-Stick slot), night recording mode, color slow shutter, built-in light, image stabilizer, MPEG 4 video clip recording

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Samsung SC-D103Samsung SC-D103 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
$210.00 - $366.00
Mini DV
1 CCD
18x optical zoom / 900x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
Image stabilizer
0.3 Lux
12/16 Bit PCM Digital Stereo Audio
Still Shot capability
MPEG Movie mode
One of Samsung's economy line camcorders with a black and white viewfinder

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Aiptek IS-DVAiptek IS-DV Memory Card Camcorder
$135 - $160
Memory card
4x digital zoom
1.8 LCD
Image stabilizer
Still Shot capability
MPEG Movie mode
PCM Digital Stereo
Image stabilizer and red-eye reduction

For more product details click HERE


Samsung SC-D353Samsung SC-D353 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
$235 - $300
Mini DV
1 CCD
20x optical zoom / 900x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
3 Lux
Image stabilizer
Still Shot capability
MPEG Movie mode
Features Enhanced Image Quality with DSP6 Digital Signal Processing technology, and upgraded USB streaming capabilities

For more product details click HERE


Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV53 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
$205 - $278
Mini DV
1 CCD
10x optical zoom / 700x digital zoom
2.5 LCD display
5 Lux
12/16 Bit PCM Digital Stereo Audio
Image stabilizer
Still Shot capability
MPEG Movie mode
Offers several shooting options, digital effects, and quick and easy connection to a computer

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Guy Wright has been kicking around computers and video for more years than he cares to admit and written too many articles to count. He has been a director, editor, producer, video operator, and announcer for a score of radio and TV stations. His credits include hundreds of insipid local-origination programs and commercials, dozens of cheesy radio spots, and even a book or two. Mainly he writes and edits articles for Digital Media Online.
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