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    WTB: Semi professional camera

    Hey all,

    Im chasing a semi-pro camcorder to record football games under $1000 (second hand).

    Anyone have one, know of one being sold etc?

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    I need a camcorder not a still camera

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    Nikon P900 was rated one of the best camera with the longest optical zoom and is quite sharp too.
    I believe this is the video that you need to convince you of long tele focal recording, highly necessary for the subject you're shooting. .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfshAzV0FN4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tron View Post
    Nikon P900 was rated one of the best camera with the longest optical zoom and is quite sharp too.
    I believe this is the video that you need to convince you of long tele focal recording, highly necessary for the subject you're shooting. .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfshAzV0FN4
    83x optical zoom is pretty impressive and surprisingly sharp. Here's another youtube with aircraft and using both optical and digital zoom. Why do I lug around a 9kg 400mm prime...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-0X3xJf-kg
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    Happy to take it off ya hands AZAZL oh and the answer... BOKEHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    As for OP, as long as you're in good light, don't think you can fault it for game day videoz.

    Definitely a great bang for buck investment (the P900).

    Quote Originally Posted by AZAZL View Post
    83x optical zoom is pretty impressive and surprisingly sharp. Here's another youtube with aircraft and using both optical and digital zoom. Why do I lug around a 9kg 400mm prime...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-0X3xJf-kg
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    woah... the P900 sure is impressive
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    I have a feeling someone is going to start a group buy!

    Quote Originally Posted by okitoki View Post
    woah... the P900 sure is impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper View Post
    I need a camcorder not a still camera
    That is a 'camcorder'. One of the most popular cameras used for YouTube videos. The days of people using 'handicams' are long gone.
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    I have other requirements like microphone plug (xlr wireless) ins and record directly to laptops etc

    Do those cameras do that sort of stuff too?

    Following football is really hard on an lcd screen which is why I like the camcorders. What are they like for that?
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    XLR requirement is a game changer unfortunately (from my limited understanding) as you will now need to look in semi-pro if not pro gear.

    Not sure why you'd want separate audio into laptop and video in cam ? Wireless mic for game day commentators I assume?
    I'm not clued up with audio side..you could always get a wireless lapel for whoever the mic is going on.

    Re LCD screen, external screens can mount on hotshoe (or cold rather; of any camera that has one if it has necessary output - micro HDMI?).

    Quote Originally Posted by Viper View Post
    I have other requirements like microphone plug (xlr wireless) ins and record directly to laptops etc

    Do those cameras do that sort of stuff too?

    Following football is really hard on an lcd screen which is why I like the camcorders. What are they like for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viper View Post
    I have other requirements like microphone plug (xlr wireless) ins and record directly to laptops etc

    Do those cameras do that sort of stuff too?

    Following football is really hard on an lcd screen which is why I like the camcorders. What are they like for that?
    Probably not suitable for you needs. The most common complaint of the camera is no mic input.
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    Yeah microphones are for commentary and I wouldnt separate just the audio. Run the camera in to the laptop as opposed to an SD card. Not fussed on this completely. Just a bonus.

    Id take normal mic inputs but typically they are one only where as xlr typically gives me 2 ports

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tron View Post
    Nikon P900 was rated one of the best camera with the longest optical zoom and is quite sharp too.
    I believe this is the video that you need to convince you of long tele focal recording, highly necessary for the subject you're shooting. .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfshAzV0FN4
    Whatever gave you the impression he wants to record games of football being played on the moon?
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