Thread: GoPro or ... ?
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      06-29-2012, 12:39 AM   #16
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One promising camcorder I found was the Panasonic HC-V500. I didn't research it too much, since I was already leaning away from the camcorder route.

It weighs a bit more than the compact point-and-shoot cameras, but still probably much less than a DSLR. Street price is about the same as a GoPro.

One key benefit of camcorders and point-and-shoot cameras that I forgot to mention is optical zoom!! GoPro limits you to 3 FoV settings, with some tradeoffs on image quality. With an optical-zoom camera, you can frame the image exactly how you want, and with much less tradeoff vs. noise & image fidelity.