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Old 12-06-2009, 09:31 PM
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What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

I need to up grade my camcorder. Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced unit for recording at distances past 1000 yards?

Also, what is best/easiest for turning your footage into youtubes?


I see Panasonic has a few units for around $300 with an optical zoom of 70X and a digital zoom of 3500X are these ok ?

Thanks in advance for any input or xperience you have to offer.

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Old 12-07-2009, 02:03 AM
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Re: What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

digital zoom is a wast of time

for that far we use a good hd cam and a good had spoting scope

10x cam with a 20x spoting scope = 200 power

only way to go

as with shooting that far ,filming that far is pricey
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Re: What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

I use a Sony HDR-UX10. It was the lowest priced Sony with the Ziess Vario Sonnar lens. For long range videos I use a Sony 1.7X doubler on it.

Here is a video with the doubler on of a coyote at 1597 yards. He is right above the dark green on the left hand side and runs off the screen going left as soon as he hears me say I am going to shoot him. I saw this coyote nearly everyday and I never ever managed to get him ranged and the camera on him and a shot fired before he ran. I was using a Swaro on a tripod to range him out . Actually, I range the dark green cut bank and then add a few yards. Trying to video your shots when you hunt alone will cost you a lot of time and you will lose a lot of opportunities.





You will need to get the video to expand up to full screen inorder to be able to see him.
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Re: What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

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digital zoom is a wast of time

for that far we use a good hd cam and a good had spoting scope

10x cam with a 20x spoting scope = 200 power

only way to go

as with shooting that far ,filming that far is pricey
In the 1000 yard gopher shot we actually used two camcorders, one like you suggested on a spotter and another with out to get the effect of the distance as we panned in and out.

YouTube - 1000 gopher.wmv



On this one of a speed goat at 820 yards we were just using my sons little sony with a 20x optical, you are correct when we exceed the distance of the optical and go into digital zoom things get blury fast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LAEOJbyklI


What I am wondering is how much better would one of the newer cameras be that now offer 60 or 70X optical zoom?

Thanks!

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Old 12-07-2009, 01:41 PM
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Re: What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

ive got a cannon Vixia HV its only 10x power put top pic

ive all so got an cannon xl1 but the price on big lens its way to much like $20000+ for a 800mm

for 20 k you can buy the
Vixia HV a top spoting scope good tri pod and pay for a lot of hunting time
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Re: What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

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ive got a cannon Vixia HV its only 10x power put top pic

ive all so got an cannon xl1 but the price on big lens its way to much like $20000+ for a 800mm

for 20 k you can buy the
Vixia HV a top spoting scope good tri pod and pay for a lot of hunting time

No no ,, read the original post, amature video. Not going for an oscar here.

around $300

Has anyone tried the newer 60 0r 70X opical zooms?

What is easier to youtube, the ones that take the small cd or the hard drive version?

I have a small budget for this. I spend all my money on LR rifles , scopes, and reloading.

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Old 12-07-2009, 05:28 PM
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Re: What Camcorder for past 1000 yards

Hey Jeff,

Like you, I have been researching this as well. Panasonic makes a 70x optical zoom and is right at $300. It is a nice little camera but I opted for a Sony instead.

The Sony is a Handyman Cam 60X Optical Zoom, 8GB up to 6 hours recording (3mbps) Zeiss Optics, uses memory sticks and has still photo option. Sony just came out with this unit this year, Model# DCR-SX41.

It is priced right at $299.00 here in Denver. You might find it cheaper online.

I have used this unit 3 times now and twice in very cold conditions and it worked everytime.

Just another option for ya

Ray
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