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best inexpensive camera/camcorder forski video's ...do i need hd


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Kodak EasyShare works great and is simple. I love mine. All the video of me is from an old Easy Share.

 

I am going to pick up a Nikon COOLPIX AW100 for something higher end. Still only $300

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-COOLPIX-Waterproof-Digital-Camera/dp/B005IGVY6K

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I guess if you use it all the time it is ok. The user interface is (or was with the one I had) unbelievably terrible. Is like using a digital watch from 1983. Good luck knowing if you are taking images or video or setting an alarm for gym class.

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Sanyo Xacti. I have 2. One of the first made and a newer one. Now they make a fully water proof one for under $300 now I believe. Whats nice for waterski videoing is the fact that it has a pistal type grip. Following the skier is so easy that most of the time you don't have to look at the screen just point it like a gun at the skier and follow the skier.

 

Shot with the Sanyo Xacti waterproof.

 

 

I'm guessing this guy wasn't looking at a tiny screen but basically pointed it like a gun. Not bad.

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I have a Sanyo Xacti VPC-WH1 High Definition Waterproof Flash Memory Camcorder and use it on a trakker p4 pylon mount. Works great except if I have a crash with a load on the rope the video gets all blurry and won't focus until the camera is shut off for a bit. The worst part is whenever I crash I never get to see the video. Anyone have problems with this when using a pylon mount? Other than that the camera is great.
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I agree with @horton that the user interface is really bad with the gopro, but I really like what you can do with camera as far as recording vids. The downside is fish eye field of vision which does not work real good for general recording. I have discovered that I can take the card out and plug it into my Kodak Playsport to replay the vids and is pretty user friendly. I also think that the Playsport is a pretty good option for inexpensive camera (like somewhere around $129.00). The Playsport works really well for video from the boat and comes with the software to edit and make movies.

I have not seen the Sanyo but it looks pretty interesting as well.

 

here is some with the Playsport:

 

Here is some with the GoPro:

 

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Kodak Playsport is easy to use in the boat environment since it's waterproof, takes good quality HD video, has cheap extra batteries, uses memory cards, has 4x zoom. How can you go wrong when it only costs $129. You most likely will only study each days skiing only one time to see what you are doing and that's it.
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If you go the Playsport route, be sure to get the older discontinued Zx3. You can find them online. The battery can be swapped out. The newer Zx5 has a non-replaceable battery that doesn't last that long before it needs a recharge and the battery can only be charged by plugging the whole camera into the charger.
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