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#5601490 - 02/16/15 12:16 AM Budget video cam for filming hunts
spg Offline
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Whats a good camera for filming hunts? Don't need the best

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#5606700 - 02/18/15 03:00 PM Re: Budget video cam for filming hunts [Re: spg]
mlm Offline
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Registered: 08/17/11
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Loc: TX, Montgomery Co.
I use a Sony HDR-CX760V that has a 1/2" chip and a 10X optical / 17X Extended lens. I added a Raynox 2.2X telephoto lens to get 37X total. Current model of the camera at B&H photo is $999 and the telephoto lens is $235.

Under that, Sony make a 1/3" chip camera (HDR-PJ430V) with a 30X optical / 55X Extended lens for $599. You wouldn't need the telephoto lens. There are cheaper cameras with smaller chips under $300.

The main things to consider is the chip size (bigger is better)and lens. It seems the better the camera, the less zoom the lens has (most users are filming close up, not long distance). My setup with 37x is still not enough sometimes.
On the Sony's, the Extended zoom does not lose any quality. This is not the same as digital zoom which is poor quality.

Hope this helps.
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#5606745 - 02/18/15 03:14 PM Re: Budget video cam for filming hunts [Re: spg]
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Registered: 12/22/13
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Loc: Houston, Texas
What are you looking to do home videos, you tube, or production quality? Gun or bow? Self filming or camera man?
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#5608167 - 02/19/15 10:43 AM Re: Budget video cam for filming hunts [Re: spg]
spg Offline
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Just film hunts but some of the shots can beyond 600yds so I need something with high power zoom

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#5608186 - 02/19/15 10:55 AM Re: Budget video cam for filming hunts [Re: spg]
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I had a Sony that worked well till the local neighbor kid and her boyfriend stole it and pawned it.
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#5614321 - 02/22/15 11:04 PM Re: Budget video cam for filming hunts [Re: spg]
Beaubien Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 473
Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
I use a go pro. Having said that I know next to nothing about photography. Definitely won't do 600 yards and my videos are amatueristic.
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#5614453 - 02/23/15 06:42 AM Re: Budget video cam for filming hunts [Re: spg]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
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Loc: Texas
"Budget" and "high powered zoom" are mutually exclusive.

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