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Tilt and/or Swivel Viewing Screens

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I am almost totally convinced that a good size tilt and swivel LCD is close to the top of the priority list for a camera operator who wants to photograph models that spend a lot of their time below waist level and possibly on the floor.

On this basis, a lot of otherwise excellent cameras are falling off my short list, including all digital SLRs and the otherwise very accomplished and excellent value Lumix cams from Panasonic, Kodak (yes they make a couple of cracking good super-zooms!) and Fuji's 7xxx and 5xxx series. In fact, at present, the only cams still on my list are Sony's F828 and the Canon Pro-1. But I'm very willing to rethink things (yet again!) in the light of any new info or insights from camera enthusiasts here.

Has anyone found a workaround for this problem?
I really want to see what you think about your own cameras, with regard to the LCD and its usefulness, whether you wish you had held out for a T & S screen etc.

Has anyone rigged up a small off-cam LCD or even a tiny TV to get around the problem?

Please post anything that might contribute towards my choosing my next cam, with a view to it providing for my needs over the next several years. It has become urgent after having had mine stolen from my car a couple of days back.
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Another week later and this time I didn't buy any more overpriced mags and what's more, I managed to park without paying as well!
Whoooo! Life is so exciting!!!

Now we have Nuro trying to persuade me to multiply the budget by about ten with that HD camcorder from Sony.
Well, I'm thinking about it . . . ok that's quite enough time on that!

In my reckless piece of parking payment avoidance, I happened upon a slightly obsolete but brand new Sony TRV 50, the one before the TRV 80, which was when Sony (stupidly) switched all their camcorders to touch screen operation, thus ensuring you can do nothing 'on the fly' and that your screen will be covered in crap at all times if you do use it! Cretins!

The TRV 50 can be operated manually OR by touch screen, so that's ok.
Anyway, this little chap can do 1MPixel still pics and I have to say I was surprised by how well they looked on a 15" monitor at full resolution. It will also macro right down to 10mm, which was even more impressive. And yes, I did all this hands-on, not with 'one that was prepared earlier'!

Shelf price was crazy at £999 but, after pointing out the error of their ways, this was swiftly reduced to £720. Still too much for a cam that is no longer in the catalogue. More enquiries produced a 2nd hand 'as new, in box' model at another branch (of Jessops) at a more attractive £404 and this is getting me a bit too excited for comfort! With a 12 month warranty, how can I lose? On the other hand, if this TRV 50 produces still pics that are surprisingly acceptable at just 1MP, would it be worth spending more on something similar that runs up to 2, 3 or even 4 MP?
So, let's try to maintain my cool (and weight of wallet) for a bit longer!

Who among you has a camcorder with still pic ability?
What do have and what do you think of it?

The camcorders I particularly have in mind are the Sony TRV50 mentioned and maybe a 2nd hand TRV 900 or 950, a new Canon MVX3i or a Panasonic GS400. Note these all have 3.5" screens which I value highly above 2.5 inchers.
List price on these would be up to £1200 but I'll eat my hat if I can't get around 25% off that!

Shoot my choices down in flames or whatever, really. I appreciate informed and knowledgeable comment from those with more experience than I have.
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I have a sony dcr-p90e pal dv camcorder. It took this

and this

However, I mainly use my digicam (a pentax optio something - its ok) because it is a lot easier to take the pic and transfer it to pc. (it might be easier because I am more used to it)
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