Sub-£500 video camera

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by shellbryson, May 12, 2007.

  1. shellbryson macrumors 6502

    shellbryson

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    Okay, I've pawed through the various discussions here, and I've not really found anything suitable yet... as much as I'd love a nice Canon HD camera, I don't have that kind of money. So;

    Can anyone recommend a good, compact, video camera for under £500 that's on the market now and will work well with FC, iMovie and Premier Pro on my Mac Pro?

    My old Sony DCR-TRV310E has served well, but really lacks the quality I need... and it's bloody huge.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. shellbryson thread starter macrumors 6502

    shellbryson

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    Is it worth making the stretch to the Canon HV10?
     
  3. shellbryson thread starter macrumors 6502

    shellbryson

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    Well... I bought the Canon HV 10. I couldn't stretch to the HV20, but after reading about 100 reviews since my first post, it seems like the best option for me.

    HV10 + 3 HD MiniDV tapes + spare battery + 2gb miniSD card + courier + vat = £635.
     
  4. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

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    I've been using a Panasonic NV-GS500 for 2 weeks now & I'm really pleased. It's my first camcorder but I am critical. I'm just doing basic stuff in iMovie with a G5 and there's no problems other than the camera isn't recognised as an external firewire device which I think is odd. Anyway, there's no problems with that like improperly put away device warnings so .... I bought it from Tek Dome in France but it's an Asian market machine with no French language option! Ha! (That's why I wouldn't recommend Tek Dome because they said it had) but it has English and it was €721 which is £493 at today's rate. There's no customs hassle either as the fees are included in the price.

    It's a very "filmy" looking camera and I prefer it, admittedly I've only seen it at 17" to the sterile news camera vid quality.

    I seen them on eBay from Honk Kong for £100 less but I didn't risk it as VAT is 20% plus whatever the Customs want. But maybe you feel lucky......
     

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