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    Recommendations please - Camcorders for primary school

    So I've just dropped the last of the Digital Blue cameras into the bin *air punch* but we need a replacement.

    Anyone got any recommendations for camcorders for primary kids to use?

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    Well, depends how much you want to spend! We got a Praktica DVC5.7 free with our Serif suite order and I can't recommend it enough for general use! Its SD card based and easy to use! Praktica DVC5.7 High Definiton 1080p Camcorder 3.0: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Well, depends how much you want to spend!
    Cheers. Not sure yet, we are budget setting at the moment so a range of options would be good.

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    On a higher level, we bought some Panasonic V500M. They're better quality, but more expensive. I also think they may have gone EOL now.

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    We have a couple of half decent camcorders and a load of Flip cameras. I think I'm the only one who uses the camcorders, the staff far prefer the simplicity of the Flip.

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    It annoys me so much that Cisco killed the Flip cameras. They were perfect for schools!

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    Yeah we have some Flip cams already which are much loved but we didn't replace them all before they were canned

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    These might be a replacement for the Flip cam. US Reviews are pretty good.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/kodak-playfu...dak%20playfull

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    Have Kodak not abandoned their digital camera manufacturing lines now though, so they'd be EOL?

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    I was looking at the Kodaks but share the concern about whether they EOL?

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    We ditched our digital blues last term

    We spent about 80 each on Nikon cameras that could take a picture and video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Anyone got any recommendations for camcorders for primary kids to use?
    We've just bought a bunch of Panasonic DMC-F5 cameras (actual model number to search for might also be DMC-F5EB). These were around 40 from Tesco Outlet selling on eBay - cameras sold in Tesco stores and then returned, nothing wrong with them, all worked fine. We bought Eye-Fi Pro cards (another 50 each) for each camera and a spare USB charger and charging cable, so total cost around 100 per camera. The cameras are simple to use (point them at stuff, take photos or videos), without too many controls or settings to get in the way, and they charge via USB. With the Eye-Fi wireless cards the photos and videos transfer straight to our file server, so there's no messing around with swapping cards around.

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    Did you purchase any cameras after this discussion and have any positive / negative experiences? It is something that I am now looking at for our children doing interviews with authors for the Guardian website. At the moment we will have to use our class cameras which aren't great for picking up sound.

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    No, actually they didn't show up in anyone's budget requests as I expected so didn't go any further with this. Wonder when people will notice we no longer have any video cameras...?

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