My parents are being amazing and buying me a camera

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    Well yesterday my parents both agreed that they want me to go ahead and continue with my movie making, yet I have no camera(I use other peoples).

    So they said they would buy me a new camera!:)

    Now I have a PowerMac G5 Single 1.8 1.25 gb ram and an X800XT. Could I be able to edit HD video ok? Or would it be too taxing on my system? I would use iMovie and After Effects. Would upping my ram to 2gb help?

    Also, if I would get some camera suggestions? I;m not sure if I should get a tape, memory, or HDD camera. Also, HD or SD?

    The budget is really as long as it's under $650, 500-600 really.

    Thank you!
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I can't say much about the camera as I am thinking personal camera, camcorder, you know...consumer crap. I have no use for one but bought my father the JVC one that is a hard drive. Very cool and he plugs it into the JVC burner and makes movies. Very consumer driven. But anyway, as far as your system I would think it would be very taxing to edit HD. I would up the ram as much as possible, but I still believe you'll find that it is nearly painful to edit HD.
    As far as the camera does go though, I would not ignore HD because of your system. I would get HD if you can swing it and then upgrade the system asap.

    Good luck and congrats.
     
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    Awwww, what a cute title. It's kind of like Dawson's Creek (um, not that I watched that show or anything):)
     
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    The thing is, I think I have upgraded my system to the max, besides RAM, but I don't think anymore is going to help me much. I'm guessing SD is the way to go?
     
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    I meant that you may need to think about a new machine.

    Yes, I would go HD because that is where we are at and yes you can record SD on an HD camera as far as I can tell. Again, this isn't my area of interest so I could be wrong. But fiercetiger has a point.
     
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    I changed the budget to 500-600 since the other money os going elsewhere:rolleyes: Sorry about that.

    If I got and HD camera, would the SD output be superior?
     
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    Just bought a canon HV20 on eBay for $817. It's an AWESOME little camcorder... I highly recommend it. It retails for $1099 though, so you might want to check eBay or something of that sort, although I think other places sell them for less, such as circuit city for ~$970.
     
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    To refine my search again:rolleyes::

    really long battery life, I need that
    good 16:9 support
    HD quality no needed(but ok)
    and video quality has to be sharp and good in low light
     
  14. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    Try to get a Sony PD 150 used onn ebay, or a used sony PD 170, maybe a VX2000.
    Those are professional SD camcoders. (DV cam). They have excellent low light conditions. Your G5 would handle incredible well DV.
    Dont go HDV, your G5 cant handle that, I have a 2.3 DP G5 and its very painful. (Now i have a MP =),
    Get a Nice DvCam. (stay away from Canon XL1 and XL2)
     
  15. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Those 3 are a little out of my budget, max $650.
     
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    You don't have a drug problem do you?:rolleyes:

    As for the camera recommendation: http://www.red.com/)
     
  17. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Nope, never have, never will:rolleyes:

    haha I'm serious, RED cameras cost in the dozens of thousands.
     
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    get the HV20

    The canon HV20 is a high definition camcorder that uses Mini HD, so it is a lot more convenient than hard drive. It has gotten great reviews and it's $926 at circuit city. If your parents are paying up to 800, just pitch in 126 bucks for the difference. It looks great to me.
     
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    I also recommend the HV20. You can shoot in normal DV for now and HDV once you get a new computer.
     
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    I have a Panasonic PV-GS320. Read the review of it on Macworld. It's small, light, and you can get a really good extended life battery for it. It's got really great image quality for an SD camera.
     
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    what about this one?

    Panny PV-GS-500



    Yet I like the 400 model better, does anyone have it and willing to sell it?
     

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