Budget Video Camera For the 2023 Storm Chasing Season

Dave Smith

Enthusiast
Nov 11, 2022
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Kansas
I am a new storm chaser that is looking for a main video camera for the 2023 storm chasing season. I have been using my phone but I rather just use my phone for radar only.

My budget is around $200-$500 but would be willing to go up to $600 if there was a good deal on a camera.

It would be ideal to have a camcorder but if there is a DSLR or mirrorless camera that is good at video in my price range I would buy it. I will probably buy used from EBAY.

I don't really need 4K video because I don't have a 4K TV or a 4K laptop.

Some of the cameras that I have looked at are:
Canon M50~around $400 with kit lens
Canon Rebel SL2~around $400
Mirrorless Panasonic Cameras~around $500 with kit lens
Canon Vixia Series Camcorder~$200-$400
Sony Mirrorless Cameras~$400-$600 with kit lens

I would also like to know if there are any cheap lenses that I should get for video if I do get one of these interchangeable lens cameras.

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions!
 

James K

EF4
Mar 26, 2019
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Colorado
I was really hopeing to see some black-friday sales on camcorders... but there's basically nothing (only one I even saw was a supposedly 4k Vivitar for $99 at Best Buy... and I'll never buy anything from that crap camera brand again).
All the normal stores suck this year simply because none of them put ads in the newspaper! (and trying to look through their websites(assuming the site even works) is a pain)

Like you I have no need for 4k (one of my TV's is 4k, but the PC I use for editing video won't go beyond 1080p (not sure the software I use, or processing could be done in a reasonable time anyway, even if the PC could output 4k))

I've looked briefly at various Canon Vixia-series camcorders online (would be looking in the same price range as you), It'd certainly be a brand I'd consider if they have the spec's I need. I'd really need to do some digging on that!
There's very little camcorder selections (especially after adding my price range) in the normal stores (WalMart/Target/BestBuy) & I'd really prefer to buy at a store. (plan to check Micro Center if I make a trip there to pick up some SD cards & maybe a Raspberry Pi - if they have anything in stock!)
 

James K

EF4
Mar 26, 2019
465
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Colorado
@Dave Smith:
I've been around to the various stores in my area to look at camcorders, the results are disappointing... there's a total lack of "selection" out there. :( some stores had nothing, one had only cheap junk, one had cheap junk & higher-end (over $1000) models, but nothing inbetwen. I did note multiple empty spots on display shelves, so my guess is cameras are atleast in part affected by supply-chain issues.

I was looking on eBay at for Canon Vixia (don't even remember what model)
And in those random "related" items it gives there were 2 that caught my eye: Canon Vixia HF W10 (& W11) ... I don't know if they have the features I want (that'll take some research), but there was one that intrigued me: they're waterproof! - that would be a good thing to me since I wouldn't have to worry about the camera getting rained(or snowed) on then.