What is the best camcorder for blues concerts?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Marjoline, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. Marjoline macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    I have spent the past 6 months recording blues concerts in the relative dark with my super little Sony photocamera DSC-V1. I can't zoom whilst filming, and what with one thing and another, people around me are starting to say I need a real camcorder! I need one that is really good on sound, this is music we are talking about after all... And also good on filming in the dark, preferable without all the colours going grey....
    I'd really love some advice.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Filming in the dark is --- difficult.
    Look up the reviews online for the models of camcorder that do particularly well at low lux recording. You'll almost certainly want a separate, higher quality microphone. I would also consider a separate audio recorder - DAT or solid state - that you can set up either with a feed from the sound board, or some static room mics. Then cut that sound back into the video where appropriate.
     
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    CanadaRAM is right.

    Cameras with external mic outs cost in excess of $500. As you have said, the camera will need to operate well in low light conditions - just look through camera reviews for this. I suggest this site: http://www.camcorderinfo.com/.
     
  4. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    The Sony PD 170 is excelent, I made a DVD in very low light condition in 2003. We used 3 of this cameras and they look great!
    Is a expensive professional camera anyway. Maybe you want something cheaper. I made a clip of a shot of the concert, take a look:
    http://homepage.mac.com/tcapellenuno/iMovieTheater3.html
     
  5. Marjoline thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Following up on all your leads

    Gee thanks guys... Yep, you have picked up well on my concerns re the dark and the sound... And that's a very nice piece of filming on:
    http://homepage.mac.com/tcapellenuno/iMovieTheater3.html
    Cool, nice images, nice sound, just what I am looking for! I'll take that one as a basis and do some comparing.
    Thanks for the advice/feedback,
    Happy filming,
    Cheers,
    Marjoline
     
  6. dex22 macrumors regular

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    Just remember, the PD-170 likes rock - you'll find Sony is into rock and techno/rave; Canon is into orchestral/classical music. When it comes to the blues, you really need a DVX100!

    I kid... I kid... :) :cool:
     
  7. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    Sony is far better than cannon in camcoders (The LCD screen is extremely necesary for concert recording in one hand camera mode)
    The PD170 is well known a proved camera, very good camera in low light condition. You will need the 2.5k USD anyway.
     
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