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    What Video and Stills Camera to buy

    One of my schools wants to buy a combined video/still pic camera for each class.

    Anyone bought one recently that they'd recommend?

    My main requirement that it doesn't use the funny MPEG-2 file fornat so looking for something that pref outputs an mpeg-4 avi type file so all I need to do is install a simple codec on other computers for the pupils to video edit using windows movie maker.

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    What's your budget Simon?

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    cheap as poss - as ususal

    ICT Co-ord was looking at one for £80 so around there should be OK

    regards

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    started using Kodak Zi8 which record in HD but cant say Ive taken many pics with them yet. very pleased so far with them!

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    Whatever you get at that price, check the low-light capability. The Canon EOS 7D does a half decent job taking still and motion pics but it might blow your budget! Canon EOS 7D review | Electricpig

    My new Canon HF S100 takes reasonable stills and has a built in flash but that cost £650.

    I'd recommend a stills camera that you can use to take the odd low res video. If the teachers or kids are doing the shooting, it's likely to be pretty cr@p anyway, if they are anything like ours!

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    @DD Do you know what format the video files come in?

    regards

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    WHat about asking dos_box for the model number of that little camera he had at bett?

    stills were pretty nice, videos were clear and in mpeg-4 and quite tidy and robust

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    But didn;t you have to transcode 20 times before you could use the files

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    Nah - that was the camera Russ brought.

    And I still haven't forgiven him for.......

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    Don't know if you got anything yet Si but just purchased some Samsung ES15 digital cameras. 10MP / 640x480@30fps Movie Maker friendly avi / manual settings for creative photos, eg uptp 8 sec shutter for long exposure shots. And under £65.00

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    I'll pass it on thanks

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