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Old Apr 5, 2010, 9:49 PM   #1
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Default point and shoot with HD video?

I am looking for a low cost point and shoot, would like to have at least a 5X optical zoom and one that uses rechargeable AAs? I would like HD video, although that isn't a must but great video is and ability to zoom while recording. I am wondering if these are available in a camera that would cost me less than about 160 or so.
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Old Apr 5, 2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're delighted you dropped by.

Under $160, that is probably not going to happen. The Sony H-20 does have the best Auto Mode and the best built-in flash unit in the compact zoom class. It has 10X optical zoom, does HD video and you can zoom while filming.

Cost: $199, but no AA batteries and no wide angle. That is about as close as you can get near that price range.

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Old Apr 8, 2010, 6:48 PM   #3
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So on the Sony H-20, what about the battery? I am always thinking I will try a camera that has a specific battery for it but then walk away since I am concerned about replacement costs for them and what their lifespan is. Also, does the battery charge in the camera or sit in a charging station?
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The Sony H-20 used the dependable, re-chargeable, and long lived Sony NP-BG1 battery. You can purchase this exact battery on E-bay for around $11.00. Third Party batteries that perform almost as well are available from the same source for around $5.00. Sony batteries generally last 2 to 3 years if they are properly charged and cared for, third part batteries last 12 to 18 months. The H-20 battery is charged free standing.

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Old Apr 9, 2010, 8:39 AM   #5
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Default Thanks, mtclimber

I appreciate your input. I hate to say that I am a Sony "skeptic" but I come from the perspective that for so many years Sony was "the best" at everything....which actually they weren't. So I will take a close look at this camera, since you seem to be quite high on it as I've read in other posts. Will let you know what I decide on. May be a few weeks before I make my decision.
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After looking at the Sony H-20 I guess I should have stated that size (the more compact the better) is also something I need. Something I can stick in my pocket.....so any suggestions on that size?

Thanks again for your help.
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You are going to have to increase your budgeted price range to get a small, pocket sized camera.The only thing remaining in your price range is the Samsung SL-420 which is small but it does not have an optical viewfinder, and the LCD screen is not great outdoors. It sells for around $110.00.

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How much will I have to increase my budget to? Will 200 get a good compact with HD video and something with an 8X zoom or more?
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 10:48 PM   #10
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Default Okay, so what about the Panasonic ZS1?

I found it for, what I think is a pretty good price - 179 but I could actually get it for 20 less since they are discontinued at Sam's. Pretty good camera from what I read but Id like to know your input. Yes, I realize it does not have HD video but it still does pretty good video, right?
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