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Old Apr 4, 2006, 8:03 PM   #1
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I'm on the market for a new (my first) video camcorder. I'm getting married in June and would like a decent video camera for our honeymoon (and maybe to film the wedding).

I own an HDTV and in the past, when I've borrowed friend's SD video cameras, I was rather disappointed in the results, so I'd like something better than just SD. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of the bulk, nor the price of HD models out there.

So, when I read the previews of the HD1 coming around the time of the last CES, and it's price tag of only around $800 USD, I thought I might have the optimal solution - a small, relatively inexpensive HD solution...with the only drawback being the time limitations of the SD cards (which I was a BIIIIIIG fan of flash media - when using my friend's SD camera which was miniDV, I couldn't remember the last time I had actually rewound a tape!).

Now I'm reading mixed reviews on the HD capabilities, so I'm also leery that I feel like I might be buying a "not-quite-there" video camera. BUUUT (trying to talk myself back), and I going to be able to get BETTER HD performance from anything else out there that's in this price range (For instance - Sony's inexpensive HD solution, the HC3, is $1500 - almost DOUBLE the price of the HD1).

So, bottom line is - I would like better than SD quality, but I'd also like it small and compact, but without a HUGE price tag - so is the HD1 the solution?

Thanks and sorry if this is the wrong place for this type of question.

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