My current camera, a Kodak P&S (really a POS...) needs to be replaced. Looking for suggestions for cameras with a good video function or a camcorder that can take decent video(can see rider's position clearly, but needs not be Blu Ray Hi Def 3D quality). I see most of the camcorders have a function to gather stills from video, which would also be handy! Will need to be fairly rugged, will be exposed to dust/dirt. One that doesn't eat lithium batteries every 1min of video would be helpful.
Oh and budget friendly? Say under $300 (though my bday is quickly approaching, better start leaving massive hints for DH!). A tripod would also be a good investment, suggestions for those are appreciated as well.
There are just SO MANY options. I would take your list of "wants" to a good camera store, and have one of the smart people that work there do some magic. Not a Radio Shack or mall shop, but a good outfit that really specializes in cameras--it can be an "electronics" store but you want to talk to a camera weenie. Be sure you are clear on your budget, but IME if you go in there with the clear intention of buying something and are clear with your "must haves" they will find something that works.
Strangely, the BEST camera-buying experience I ever had was at one of those crazy, crowded, little electronic/camera shops on 7th Avenue in NYC; I just went in, told the guy what I wanted and he spent 45 minutes walking me through options and let me do all sorts of demos and he talked me OUT of the more expensive of my two finalists.
I have a bunch of videos on my blog taken with my flip camera.
The biggest flaw is the lack of zoom but the biggest bonus is that it is very very easy to use and holds 2 hours of video. It also charges off my computer so I don't have to mess with batteries. I got it for about $100 so it's a nice low budget option.
I can take screen caps if I open the video in a player such as VLC.
Is the camera that we have. I can't recall it being that expensive but we bought our camera several years ago. We have to take a lot of videos of sales horses so it is important for us to have a good quality camera that will last. This camera is going on 3yrs and is still kicking despite a ton of use. It takes really good video and is easy to use. I find it easy to download and edit directly on the camera.
Takes great pictures and came with a good lens off the get go. I eventually splurged for a bigger lens for cross country and *love* the quality of video I get. Crystal clear. I also appreciate the fact that its smaller than a Rebel or the like - easy to pack around even with the extra lens.