HD Camcorder Buying Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by augustshultz, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. augustshultz macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    Hello intelligent and attractive Macrumorers,

    I am currently in the market for an HD camcorder. Because this is a fairly significant purchase I would like some advice from people that I trust, as much as I can trust people that I have never met on the internet. So, who has some advice? Is anyone extremely pleased with a camcorder they own? I don't have a really firm budget for this, however I do not want a RED camera, think $1000ish, or less.

    Thank you all.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What do you want to film with it and what do you want to do with the footage afterwards? Do you have experience with camcorders or SLR cameras?
  3. augustshultz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    Oh! Should have mentioned that. My first use of the camcorder will be a trip to India this winter. I will be filming a number of different things, then creating a short film documenting my time there. I do have some experience with camcorders. I helped start a film club at my high school, we used a Canon SSD Camcorder. Also, at my current position I help professors film and edit videos for their classes. I am fairly proficient in Final Cut Pro 7, however I will not be purchasing that for personal use. I have never really used iMovie but that is the program I intend to use. As for SLRs, I currently own a Canon 10D, no video. I hadn't considered a DSLR with video, but if anyone has experience filming on a DSLR, and enjoyed that experience....
  4. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    I'd stay away from DSLRs for the kind of project you're describing.

    You can get some really great results with them, but they're still extremely limiting (especially if you only just have a body and kit lens). They don't really lend themselves to run and gun shooting right out of the box, so you'd likely have to look into some support gear that would certainly put you over budget.
  5. boch82 macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2008
    For your purposes the canon vixia might work out well. Fairly inexpensive and small enough to lug around. The quality is decent, especially if you are looking just to do web video which is my impression.
  6. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    If you're lucky you can find one of these for around $1,000. If not then go with the HF-S20 also by Canon. I own one and it is really great for the price. Here's an example of how it shoots using the built in mic.

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