Do some research that the camera you buy isn't prone to
arbitrary "condensation" shutdowns.
I've got a JVC GR70 model that I got very cheap as an "open-box"
item at Best Buy. It's been pretty good, although the zoom mechanism
and the tape whine come through on the audio pretty strongly at
But a couple of times the condensation feature has shut it down for
an hour or so. Admittedly this was in extreme conditions once or
twice - skiing in subzero conditions and then going into the warmth
and humidity of a ski lodge. But warming the camera to a point that
would get rid of any condensation doesn't seem to fix the problem -
you just seem to have to sit and wait an hour, which is really
I would recommend looking for an open-box, but check out the
warranty and DO think about why the person might have returned it
(i.e. crappy quality, poor functionality). And search the web to see
if many people have had the condensation problem occurring for no
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