Best HD camcorder for a intel base mac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by macguru78, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. macguru78 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking for a camera to be used with my intel based mac. Which High Definition camera is the best?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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  3. cz9h3d macrumors member

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    I too, am beginning my camcorder search. I think you need to considering two things - (1) the camcorder itself (i.e. video quality in different settings, features, handling, etc... camcorderinfo.com is a great site to use for research) - and (2) the file format! I'm moving from MiniDV to SDHC, mainly because the industry is forcing me too! However there seem to be A LOT of nuances regarding AVCHD formats. I'll do some more digging in the forums and let you know what I learn.

    I already bought $1,000 camcorders - now I want a $400-$500 one!

    I have to admit I'm still somewhat amazed that so many people are buying hard drive and/or SD-based camcorders. What are they doing in regards to archiving the original files?!?!? I have ten years of miniDV tapes all in a row that I can suck into my computer at their original highest quality for editing (although the older ones are probably ready to be dubbed over to new tapes). I have a non-techie brother - he just buys a new SD card for his still camera when the old one fills up!
     
  4. macguru78 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found the camera the I want, is a canon HG21 in AVCHD format. The only cons about this camera are the low-light settings and battery life other than is better then the Sony counterpart
     
  5. mbell75 macrumors 6502

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    You cant go wrong with Canon or Sony really. If you are concerned about low light, get the Sony HDR-CX500. It has the best low light shooting of any $1k camcorder out there. If not, look at the Canon HF S10. The two best for under $1k IMO.
     
  6. macguru78 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you MBELL75
     
  7. Illmetaphor macrumors member

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    what is the megapixel image sensor and how important is it?

    How much better is 15x compared to 10 ?

    Also what do you think of the camera plus accessories package on amazon for 1100
     

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