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  Videography for kayakers
  Posted by: susandiannerice on Apr-09-08 5:39 PM (EST)
 

This was an excellent article w/re: still photography; however, I've recently caught the moving picture bug and am looking for any personal feedback from kayaking videographers.
I'm contemplating my first video camera purchase in the VERY near future and would welcome any suggestions.
Because I plan to do some photography on the water, as well as handheld land-based photography on occasion, I need excellent image stabilization.
I also need a camera with a viewfinder because if I decide to shoot while on rough waters, it will be through an Aquapac or similar vinyl case, and they don't have room to flip out an LCD.
I'll need at least a 10X optical zoom.
I'd also like inputs for an external mic/lights and output for earphones.
My budget is $1,000-$1,500 tops.
I'd considered the HGZ-7 JVC Everio, but it got bad reviews for image stabilization, and that's a dealbreaker.
Currently, I'm looking at the Canon HV20.
Does anybody have experience with this or a comparable camera?
One final question: Any guidance on choice of format? Should I go with mini-DV cassettes or a 60+-gig hard drive?
Any insight would be SO appreciated.
I can be reached at susandiannerice@msn.com

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