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Quality camcorder for indoor youth hockey games

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Initial post: Oct 19, 2012 8:52:39 AM PDT
A. Herbert says:

I'm a newbie to the video/photography world and have no knowledge whatsoever. I'm looking to purchase a quality camcorder to record my son's hockey games. These games take place indoors and I would have to videotape from the stands. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to stay in the $300 range if at all possible.
Thank you for any suggestions and help!

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 10:30:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 19, 2012 10:41:15 AM PDT
Neo Lee says:
That would be:

Panasonic HCV700K 3D Full HD 28mm Wide Angle SD Camcorder (Black)
SanDisk Extreme 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-016G-X46

There are sub $400 camcorders but those have a sensor smaller than 1/2.3", and the quality is not good indoor.

This camcorder is good because:

* Record in 1080/60p or 1080/60i. 1080p HDTV and YouTube work best with 60p videos.
* Manual control of shutter speed, aperture (or iris) and white balance.
* Optical stabilization works extremely well.
* 21x zoom should provide enough reach to the players.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 8:39:54 AM PDT
JAZ says:
It has been a couple of years since the last post on this subject. Are there any recent developments in this area? I am looking to spend about $500 for a camcorder to video my sons ice hockey games. Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2015 5:13:42 PM PDT
Other than the fact that high definition has likely become standard at that price point, I wouldn't expect any miraculous changes in technology.

Sensors and algorithms may have become better, but going from standard definition to high def probably cancels out much of the difference. Basically they all work great in sunlight, but get grainier as you go to lower light settings. And video wants LOTS of light -- if the camera does progressive imaging at 60fps, you have each frame using at least 1/60s (at least for video you aren't trying to stop motion -- which would require 1/250 to 1/500s per frame <G>)

The largest sensor with the lowest resolution you can find in the price range, for similar era camcorders, will likely be the best for low light. Unfortunately, camcorders have been vying for still image resolution (HD TV is only 2MP, so an 8MP sensor is overkill -- it has to blend 4 pixels into 1 [masking sensor noise] to make video resolution)
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