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Old 01-10-2013, 05:40 AM   #1
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Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

Looking for some input on waterproof/shockproof pocket video cameras for under $200. Anybody have a make/model they really like?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:47 AM   #2
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

gopro are probably the most popular on the market atm.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:02 AM   #3
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

With the release of the GoPro 3, you can find the original GoPro for pretty cheap. I bought one for $100 and later found it on sale for $80.

lots of mounting options for whatever you need to shoot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

I agree with the previous posters, either go with GoPro or Contour cams. They're both great for indoor/outdoor or underwater deployment.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:57 AM   #5
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

slightly off topic - since it is not video - but have any of you guys seen these cameras yet? I think they are amazing.

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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slightly off topic - since it is not video - but have any of you guys seen these cameras yet? I think they are amazing.

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https://www.lytro.com/camera
Oh yeah, Lytro is cool. Just take a snap without worrying about focus or anything...and pick your preferred point of view later. I would wait a bit more before buying this, this technology will only get better.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

I like the GoPro, but (and correct me if I'm wrong) there's no playback option on the camera itself.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

I have a GoPro that I use for everything from surfing to hiking to filming workouts and I love it. the Hero 3 is by far the best of the GoPro models. There is no on camera playback due to the small size of the camera, but that doesn't bother me at all.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:25 PM   #9
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Re: Pocket Video Camera Suggestions

I've had a kodak playsport zx3, sony bloggie webcam, and kodak playsport zx5. The bloggie webcam was just annoying. The zx3 was fairly satisfactory until one of the colors stopped working and everything looked green. I bought the zx5 to replace the zx3 but it works just slightly differently and more annoyingly.

I use the camera to record my videos and watch them immediately after. You can do slo-motion with the playsports. It was easier with the zx3 to step through a video which was pretty helpful for the olympic lifts.


I haven't really noticed much use for the benefits to the zx5 over the zx3. For both I needed a wide angle lens to even get an entire lift on the camera when I was in my 2 car garage gym. But those are pretty cheap. Also, the playsports both accept input from a remote which is very helpful but a little testy at times.

The zx3 records in .mov while the zx5 does .mp4. But the zx5 doesn't have an opening battery compartment so you can't carry spare batteries, grrrrr. And the zx5 has some things like onboard editing and easier sharing which I don't really find that useful.

So overall, I'd say the zx3 was the best of those, if you want to be able to watch a lift immediately.

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:13 AM   #10
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I like the GoPro, but (and correct me if I'm wrong) there's no playback option on the camera itself.
You can get the "LCD backpack" accessory which allows you to attach a screen to the back of it for playback and editing along with some other stuff.
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