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After my daughter was born I wanted to purchase a good camcorder to keep all those special moments on film. When we were young we had a top of the range camcorder that meant our videoswere fantastic and even though they are great to watch. I didn't want to risk getting something cheap and then regretting it later in life looking over the memories on video. So it was not cheap compared to others as it cost me 900euro. I got it as part of a bundle which also included the camcorder case and a remote control which I have never actually used. It has a pull out LCD screen and easy to use buttons surrounding it.
This has flash memory so instead of inserting videos to record on you insert SDHC memory cards and copy to these instead. This is good because tape has a tendency to go bad after a few years on the shelf. With this camcorder I can record until my card is full and then transfer to my computer so I know everything is safe and sound! Depending on which quality of video you choose to record in, the content from the camcorder can be very large so you would want a well abled computer to handle storage.
The camcorder is high definition so has fantastic picture quality. There is no night vision on this though and there is a light at the front but it's no good. I have found it to bea bit fuzzy if the light in the room isn't good. It is a sturdy camera but even though it's not too heavy carrying it around, i would recommend a travel bag. The battery lasts about 6hours and can then be plugged in and charged. I bought an extra battery for 90euro in case I was on holidays and didnt want to worry about running out of battery. The second battery I bought lasts even longer at 10hours. Memory cards range in prices but they need to be of excellent quality. I have three 16gb cards in the bag but on a two week holiday I didn't even fill one card.
I'm happy with this purchase because I know it will last me hopefully until my daughters wedding! At the moment though it's perfect for days out at the beach or visits from Santa.