I work in post-production and I have lately been thinking of buying a cheap camcorder that I can mess about with at home. I have been looking at what I can get for £300-odd but will stretch to £600 for one of the better models depending on how much I can achieve with a 3 sensor model and what the other advantages are. As a Shake artist, I am mostly concerned with the possibility of getting decent keyable footage for cheap. I have read numerous threads on the subject and it seems that in order to get decent 4:4:4, you need to tether to a laptop and encode prores or MJPEG on the fly by use of an HD-SDI out or HDMI with an I/O interface. What I can't seem to discover is what sort of standard of camera is capable of this, since all the consumer reviews of camcorder only speak of the HDMI as a way of playing footage out to HDTVs. There is obviously no way of knowing for sure, which ones allow you to bypass the internal compression, if any. 1) Is it only semi-professional cameras that have this functionality? These seem to be a lot cheaper than the last time I looked (£2000 rather than £3500) but I am loathe to buy one since we have a Z1 I can borrow at work without too much hassle and I am thinking of buying a scarlet eventually if I get enough done with the camcorder. 2) If not, which camcorders do and are worth recommending? I have been looking at these: a) JVC Everio GZ-HM200 b) Canon VIXIA HF S100 c) Canon Vixia HF20 d) Canon FS200 e) Panasonic HDC-TM300 (bit too expensive tho) ...but if none of them can do what I want, I might just settle for a single sensor £250-ish one, so that at least I have a camera. The only upcoming project I have in mind is a promo that will require some cityscape cutaways, otherwise I would be heavily drawn to the 7D stills camera since that seems to be the preferred Scarlet holdover and I just worked on some 1080 footage from it that was particularly impressive.