HELP with choosing a camcorder....

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by stephend, May 29, 2006.

  1. stephend macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2006
    can someone, anyone please help me find a reasonably priced camcorder that does two things(not only two things), but two of the most important things.

    i need to find one that has both REMOTE CONTROL, and an EXT. MIC JACK.

    something in the 300-500 price range.

    something good, that has those two functions.



  2. Carl Spackler macrumors 6502

    Carl Spackler

    Apr 12, 2005
    Outer Space
    For that price range the Panasonic PV-GS300 might be the best bang for the buck, but it might be a little over 500 once it's all said and done. It's a 3CCD camera, so it should produce a nice image. From what I can tell it's well worth the extra buck to get the GS300 over the GS180. My other suggestion woud be the Canon Optrua line, but they aren't 3CCD cameras. Check the prices on Amazon.
  3. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005

    Even though the Canon is only 1CCD I would still recommend it hands down over anything by Panasonic. Picture quality is still much better IMHO
  4. Carl Spackler macrumors 6502

    Carl Spackler

    Apr 12, 2005
    Outer Space
    I can't disagree on the quality of Canon's optics. Whether the 1 chip Canon offers a better image than the 3CCD Panny, I have no idea. Canon makes their own lenses, which is nice, but Leica lenses are quite sharp. I have an Optura 200MC that still impresses me and am currently shooting a short with an XL2. An Optura 50 certainly fits the bill. I'm not so sure anything below that will have a mic jack, but can't say for sure. Plus, the Optura 50 has a 16:9 chip.

    Interestingly, I see a drastically reduced MiniDV line at I wonder if they are revamping thier line to use non-tape media.

    The only thing I'd worry about is the possibility of motor noise. Mine suffers from it. I get a terribly annoying buzz in quiet situations. it's a flaw in an othewise brilliant camera, but this may no longer be an issue. I understand this is not uncommon amongst many small DV cameras. Take a pair of headphones with you if you demo at a store.

    I also suggest avoiding Sony. Their cameras a notorious for not playing well the our Macs.
  5. Rug13y macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2006
    Look on ebay for a cheap priced XM1/GL1, you cant beat them! 3CCD is the best!
  6. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    i've never seen a cheap one! where are they? ;)
  7. 2jaded2care macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2003
    When you say remote control, you mean just that, an IR remote with record/pause and zoom, not a wired remote zoom control (input, or LANC) to mount on a pan handle, right? The PV-GS300 doesn't appear to have a LANC input for a VariZoom (for example). LANC seems to be mostly a Canon/Sony thing, at least as far as some of the reasonable, lower end models.

    I personally haven't experienced any problems with Sony camcorders not playing well with Macs, and I've captured from at least 4 different Sony camcorder models and 2 decks... I've used Avid Xpress DV and Pro for capture, however, not FCP.

    Only problems I've had were with JVC MiniDV decks supposedly not being "frame accurate" for export. is your best bet for info.
  8. pimentoLoaf macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
    If you're looking for an online dealer, try Beach Camera, as they have excellent packaged deals. (They also have discounted prices.)
  9. gost8go macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2004
    I just bought a Canon zr700 that seems to fit the bill to a T. It has a remote, external audio (and video) inputs, and was $244 from Dell Home. This was an online coupon with a stackable $35 off $300 coupon i had to buy for $1 off of ebay. Pretty weird but I ended up saving like >$130. The video seems pretty decent and it has an option to shoot in true 16x9. I just got it so I haven't recorded with it yet but at this price I'm not demanding the world.
  10. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Stores like Beach Camera and Abe's of Maine deal in gray market goods and are known to have shady business practices. IMO you are better off paying a "normal" retail price from a reputable dealer.

  11. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005

    Even if there is a little motor noise...iMovies noise filter easily gets rid of it
  12. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    It does a good job of getting rid of any sounds near the frequency range(s) of the motor noise, too.

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