What camera should I buy?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by FaustArp, May 26, 2009.

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    I have been looking for a digital camcorder that I could use for my senior thesis filming at school. I don't have a very large preference but I can just say if I had the money for an EX-1 I would not be posting here. I have been doing some research and I enjoy the features that the HVR-V1U offers as well as the convenience that the Canon HF-S10 and Sony HDR-XR520V offer. I have $3000 I am willing to spend on a camera right now. Does anyone have any opinions or experience with any of these cameras? Also, what is actually worth the money I have to spend? Thanks for your help!:)
  2. macrumors 65816


    I would go for the HVR. I'm not a professional, so maybe what I'm saying is not that important. But I like the fact that it's bigger so you can film more stable. Also the instant options I like. I think the zoom is far superior. (I once used his older brother, with the screen on top).

    Man I wish I could spend that amount of money to a camera.:rolleyes:
  3. macrumors 65816


    This may not sound right to you, but based on my own experience, bigger is better with video cameras. In other words, you want the flexibility afforded by more professional I/O jacks and higher quality audio, and actual manual controls. I've never seen any camera's automatic mode that could outperform a marginally competent user shooting on manual. Get the HVR or something in a similar class, because its video quality and usability far outstrip the other options, as well as expandability. Trust me: when it comes to video, the tradeoff for convenience isn't worth it. Either you don't really need to shoot high quality, and thus can probably get by with a Flip™, or you want to go all the way for something like an HVR.

    This is based on my experiences with the Canon HV20, GL2, and XH-A1 as well as the panasonic DVX-100B.
  4. macrumors regular


    Thanks for the input. I really appreciate the replies. Only reason I ask is because I was having a conversation with my good friend and he recently sold his sony FX1 for the new 1080P Xacti camera and when I told him I wanted a semi-professional camera he argued the convenience of the Xacti. I also cant wait till the Scarlet arrives cause thats on my list as well :p
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    I'm hoping to get a scarlet. My thoughts were that if he's using the Xacti, he wasn't up to anything serious to begin with - it's barely different from buying a point and shoot still camera and recording videos with that. My Pentax Optio W60 I bought for a rainforest research trip could record a good 2 hours of video to an SDHC card. It could even do HD, were I satisfied with 15 FPS. But if you're filming for your senior thesis, you want an actual camera, not a convenient camera.
  6. macrumors regular


    Good point! Thanks for your comment:)
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    Have you thought about the JVC GY HM100? It's tapeless and provides pretty snazzy video quality. It has two XLR ports, while it only has a 1/4 inch sized sensor, with the right gain adjustments you can get pretty great low light. Great workflow set up if you are a FCP user, video files are recorded in either MOV or MP4.

    Review by my video tech guru Philip Bloom.

    Just another option.
  8. macrumors regular


    Thanks for the input. Thats a good looking camera. Just curious, how does everyone feel about the Canon XH A1s? Thinking now either the canon XH A1s or just buying the HF S10 with a letus mini. Im not sure, so many options. lol :D

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