Thoughts of a Camera

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bthompson, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. bthompson macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2009
    Hi everyone. I am shooting video of houses as a part time business and I am trying to find the right HD camera for me. I really want a 3 CCD camera just because I use the image stabilization in iMovie for walking shots, but I am having trouble finding one that I like. Should I just move on from that idea of using image stabilization? It really adds a nice element to my work. I also need it to work well in lower light and take a wide angle lens. My budget is under $1000.

    Any insight would be so helpful
  2. Paratel macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2005
    Somewhere in the US
    You need to up your budget. You can get an HD consumer refurbished JVC GZ-HD30 or the JVC GZ-HD5 for well under 1000. The HD5 has 3CCDs but tested poorly in low light. has these. If you are wanting a professional HD camera, I would recommend the Canon XH-A1 but you are looking at at least 3 grand. When I tape houses I also use a steadyCam called the VZ lite from Varizoom

    You can also go here to get some insight
  3. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    I do not think you need to up your budget. If you want HD and 3CCD but do not want to spend a lot you really cannot beat the Canon HV30 or HV40. A good wide angle lens will run you about $150-200. Then invest in a decent mic like a Rode VideoMic ($120 at Jack'sMusic Factory), or if you want XLR a Rode NTG2 ($180) and Hosa MIT-156 ($16).

    You did not specify what exactly you will be using this setup for. For personal use this would be a great setup in my opinion. If you're a paid professional you may want to up your budget.
    Also, try visiting there are a lot of knowledgeable people over there.

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