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Old Jan 13, 2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Cheapest megazoom camera with 1080 HD video?

Hi, I am looking for a photo camera (or maybe a camcorder) that has megazoom and does 1080p (not 720p) HD video.
I don't care about its size, its weight, its looks or about any extra features.
It only has to have big optical zoom (10X or more) and to be able to take large stills and real HD video.
That's it.

What is the cheapest camera of that kind?
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 8:19 PM   #2
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Costco had the Nikon S8100 for about $230 just before Christmas. It had 1080p video but I didn't like it for indoor shooting because bright light would shut the exposure down and it wouldn't brighten back up until after restarting the shot.
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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Target had the S8100 for $179 around xmas (B&M only, not online).
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 8:38 AM   #4
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Costco had the Nikon S8100 for about $230 just before Christmas. It had 1080p video but I didn't like it for indoor shooting because bright light would shut the exposure down and it wouldn't brighten back up until after restarting the shot.
This sounds like a great little camera.

Doesn't it have manual exposure settings?
I hate auto-exposure, especially for video. You know, when the video flickers all of the time when the view point changes from bright to dark scenes.

I also hate auto focus - with it your videos always end up an eternal blur.
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Old Jan 14, 2011, 3:47 PM   #5
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This sounds like a great little camera.

Doesn't it have manual exposure settings?
I hate auto-exposure, especially for video. You know, when the video flickers all of the time when the view point changes from bright to dark scenes.

I also hate auto focus - with it your videos always end up an eternal blur.
You specifically asked for the cheapest camera w/ Full HD. You get what you pay for.
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Old Jan 15, 2011, 2:06 AM   #6
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You specifically asked for the cheapest camera w/ Full HD. You get what you pay for.
Agreed.
I was just asking about any manual settings that the S8100 may have. Some hands-on info, I mean.
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