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Old May 13, 2015, 9:57 PM   #1
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I am less than an amateur photographer but i have a need for a camera with excellent video capability... my mother is living with terminal pancreatic cancer and i would like to really start documenting time and photos with her... video and audio is key. there is not a huge budget but these days are treasures so the vid and sound are paramount.

would really like to keep under $500 but only capturing on cell phones and cell videos will haunt me so i need to get on top of this. these are memories to last a lifetime.

i appreciate the expertise and advise that is shared here and hope to find a good fit soon.

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Old May 14, 2015, 2:19 AM   #2
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A good sub $500 camera for stills and video is the Panasonic FZ200. It larger than a compact and has an EVF, wich can help keeping your camera more steady. It also has an articulated screen, wich helps shooting from different angles. For better sound you might need a external microphone, but that counts for every camera and is not mandatory.
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There are a lot of possibilities, but I wouldn't argue about the panasonic FZ200. The main thing is to get something soon and start learning to use it. (they all take a bit of time to get used to).
If you don't have an external mike, try to be sure to use it in a fairly quiet room. Also have what will seem to you to be a lot of light- cameras need more than you would think. Get a tripod so you can have the camera recording both of you together, as having to talk at a camera pointed at you while still seeming natural, is a skill that not everyone can learn easily.
So sorry to hear about your mom.

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thanks Rudi and Brian... i will quickly look at the FZ200...

and if there are better or different suggestions please do not hesitate to post.

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Thanks again to Rudi and Brian for the quick replies...

i have ordered the Fz200 .

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Here you find a free ebook "The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 User's Manual" by Graham Houghton:
http://www.grahamhoughton.com/download-section/

And here are many tutorial videos by the same author:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J9e...DlBdZsMcAkWvot

Much of luck with the new camera.
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Much of luck with the new camera.
Rudi[/QUOTE]


Hi Rudi

Thanks... i happened upon those links yesterday after your recommend and they were a big influence on my choice as i do not have any real photo background... after some time with those vids and the seeing the adapted user guide i made the decision to purchase.

Great info that you shared and i am grateful.

best,
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Much of luck with the new camera.
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Hi Rudi

Thanks... i happened upon those links yesterday after your recommend and they were a big influence on my choice as i do not have any real photo background... after some time with those vids and the seeing the adapted user guide i made the decision to purchase.

Great info that you shared and i am grateful.

best,
mike[/QUOTE]

Glad I could help.
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