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This little beauty is worth £800 (well to be precise...£799.99). It's worth every penny... it was my christmas present this year from my mum and it records beautiful imagery, the sound quality is ace but i would recommend you invest in a microphone anyway. You can do digital special effects on it and you can do fade-ins and fade-outs... editing is easy if you buy yourself a firewall card and a program for your PC... I've heard that "final cut" is THE best program on the market at this moment in time. I recently bought myself a tripod, and have to say it works wonders, making all the work look highly professional compared to hand-held work. Finally, it is manual or automatic, so you can play around with exposures and depth of field... but how to do slow or fast motion is something i have yet to figure out. i highly recommend this to anyone looking to buy a digicam... but remember they are sensitive and must be looked after re: wet weather, humitdity, heat, sunlight in the lens etc... be good to it and it will in turn be good to you... guaranteed!
If it’s ‘compact and snug without a heft price tag’ that floats your boat, the MV300 is second to none. It’s truly minuscule – barely bigger than two fag packets – weighs just 550g and fits in the hand beautifully. The trade-off is features, and the viewscreen’s titchy, but all the standard recording and editing goodies are here, plus 0x optical and 200x digital zoom. It’s difficult to fault the MV300, with a price lower than that of many analogue camcorders and physical bulk smaller than almost anything on the market. So I won’t. A top mid-market buy. It’s price and compact size ensure that your pockets are looked after on all counts.