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Old January 27th, 2008, 11:30 PM
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I am planning on buying a camcorder for my cruise. What type should I buy? How many of you take camcorders on your cruise with you? And if you do what should I look for in a camcorder? Money is not really an option I am willing to spend about $1000 for a good one even more if I need to. Do you usually take them with you on shore excursions or is this a bad idea. I'll be going to the southern carribean do you think it's a good idea to take a camcorder off the boat?
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Old January 28th, 2008, 03:10 AM
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Yes i wont cruise without my camcorder. I highly recommend you get a High definition one. The best one out is the Canon HV20. I bought my first HD camcorder last year the Sony HDR-HC3 and i took it on the Sensation. My footage was amazing. The daylight shots looked like i was still onboard the ship! Keep in mind that darker lighting will not produce the best results so maybe get a camcorder light!
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I've been thinking about the same thing and have a thread over in the Alaska section.

You might look at the newest HD from Panasonic HDC-SD9.
It was debuted at CES last month. Due out in March for about $800.

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you may also want to consider a high-quality digital camera that has audio/video capability. My Olympus takes really good quality videos with sound so all I need is my slim little picket sized digital camera and lots of memory cards!
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A HD DVD would be the best to get. Sony has some good models, but I seem to wander to where all the Canon products are. I like Canon because it is a recognized photo/video company. I find that Sony can be overpriced because of the name "SONY." I wanted a DVD, but I couldn't justify spending $900+ for one..

I noticed that in September my MiniDV camcorder didn't like the humidity. I got two condensation warnings and I couldn't use it as much as I wanted too because of the humidity. Everytime I went from the indoor to outdoors the humidity hit me and my camera and my sunglasses/glasses would fog up and take a good two mintues to adjust to the high humidity. As you guess, I am from a low humidity climate and any humidity over 50% is a high for me!!!
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ditto... I had the same humidity issues with my camcorder, JVC, on our cruise. If money is not an issue, get the latest technology in HD, you will be happy as others have mentioned.

If you want ease, maybe one that records right onto a DVD.

just make sure to give yourself a little time for the camera to adjust to humidity. Also please be aware, even if you don't put your camera on the sand, or on a towel, that sand blows around and even the best of us who make sure not to get sand or water on the camcorder, it does happen without you knowing it. Maybe purchase some sort of case (from inexpensive plastic to watertight) most camcorders have many options for this.

I did not have one for my camcorder, but I did for my small digital camera, a blessing in disguise. I was able to use my camera in all conditions, rain, underwater, on the beach, etc and got some great shots. Imagine coming home with your own video from underwater of the stingrays, coral or other fish. Maybe spend a little less on the camera and add a waterproof case.

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We ruined our first digital camera by taking it to the Oregon Coast and on fishing trips one time too many. It never got doused with water, it was just around it. Waterproof digital equipment, or a waterproof case, is the way to go if you're going to be anywhere with water. You can completely ruin a regular digital camera or camcorder by simply exposing it to water vapor/humidity.
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Moisture can be a big problem for camcorders on cruises. I had that problem back in the 90's on my second cruise. Another thing that Michelle pointed out Todays digital cameras do an OK job of taking short videoes (Not great quality but OK for vacations) and a digital camera with a couple of small 4 GB memory cards is a lot easier to carry.
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You might want to consider a camcorder that records directly to a hard drive .No tapes or discs to worry about. I got a Sony DCR-SR200 with a 40 GB hard drive and a built in 4 mega pixel still camera. It's about $900.00 in Canada and works very well.You have the option of recording to the hard drive or a memory stick or both.
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