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Old 08-16-06, 11:01 AM
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Best(?) Of the cheapest digital camcordes? Durability preferred.

Yeah, I know it's an oxymoron and asking for trouble. I already have a decent camcorder but I'm looking for a quick purchase for someone on a cheap digital camcorder that will maybe not break within a year.

Features are not necessary, and reliability is far more important. The quality of the picture is even valued below that in this case.

Anyone know what manufacturers I should be looking at for these goals?

Within any manufacturer there are several price tiers.

I'm looking for the brand with the best lowest-end camcorder, if that makes any sense at all.
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there's one on woot today that I just happened to see. definately cheap, but I don't know about durability. maybe the blog or message board there can comment on it. I suppose if it were a super-hot deal, then it'd be sold out by now.
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http://money.cnn.com/2005/06/06/tech...ch/cvs_camera/
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Wow. That's nuts.

At this point I'm leaning towards a Panasonic, and decided that it may be worth just 50 bucks to step up to their level 2 cam. I forgot that USB 2.0 is pretty much a prerequisite.
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I don't really think you are going to find one brand that is far more durable than another brand at your price point.

My advice would be to buy the full replacement warranty if you know for a fact that it will be in a rough environment (and if that warranty doesn't break the bank)

The Panasonic is a fine choice - check the fine print and see where it is made. If you are lucky and it is still made in Japan it will most likely be bettter.
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I know nothing but camcorders but maybe this link will help http://www.camcorderinfo.com/

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