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Pro Camcorder for Travel Doc

gans's picture
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Hi there!

 

I need to buy a Pro/Prosumer Camcorder for Travel Documentary.

My budget is $3000/$4000. I really don't want to exceed the budget.

Any suggestions on what camcorder I should get? What is the best camera for this range of price?

 

Thanks?


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Hello gans,

 

Videomaker just release our Camcorder Buyer's Guide with dozens of camcorders listed. This might help you decide.

 

Cheers!


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Hi gans - the camera that VIdeomaker recommends in your price range, the $2133 Sony NX30, is a great camera - but the new $1937 Panasonic AG-AC90 is a better value for your money and can give you results like this:

 

https://vimeo.com/54060066

 

If you want the shallow-depth-of field, large sensor look, you might want to look at the new shoulder mounted, large sensor, interchangeable lens Sony NEX-EA50 for $3599.  It produces results like this:

 

https://vimeo.com/54858908

 

Hope this is helpful,

 

Bill

Hybrid Camera Revolution

 

 

 

 


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I lke my HF G10 vixia, it is small, compact, and shoot lovely footage, has a fast lens with a medium wide to short telefoto capability and sells for under 1500 bucks, If you want to go up the Canon

XA 10 is the pro version and includes xlr audio inputs and cost 2000 bucks. I use mine for all sorts of shooting, Ive been working on a ducumentary on a paleontologist working in my state and the HF G10 is my camera of choice.


Tony's picture
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I Like the Sony NX70. Good image quality and something very important in your trip: water proof! I use it on my canoe wilderness trips, under rain, dusty places.  It´s around 2500 US$ now.  Very light too, reasonable manual controls etc. The vibration reduction system is just amazing, in case you need to shoot from a moving car or boat for example. One battery will last around 6 hours continuous filming, or a few days tripping/shooting.  You can see one recent result here: https://vimeo.com/45967599  

 

 


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I mentioned already on your other post, the Panasonic AG-AC90 this is  a great camcorder, I own one and have been very happy with it. I bought it for my production company but have been using it more and more for my personal shoots as it has great picture quality and the ability to adjust focus, zoom and Iris control independantly make it a real plus. If your shooting long periods this one will record up to 10hrs continuous (with 2 SD cards) or it has a time lapse function for recording those sunsets.

 

Sincerely

 

Marque P.

MRP - HDMultimedia Productions


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So we have:

 

- 2 votes for the AC90

 

- 1 vote for the HF G10

 

- 1 vote for the NX70

 

- 1 vote for the NEX-EA50

 

Small sample size - but the AC90 is looking pretty good :)

 


gans's picture
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I am actually thinking to get the Sony NX70. I guess because some of its features make it the best choice (mike, water resistant, ecc)

 

Any reasons why I should not?

Any camcorder you think is better in the same price range?
 



gans's picture
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Thanks.

Bill, it looks great. Unfortunately I live in the UK and here the NX70 is much more expensive (about $4000) and with no rebates... However, it still is my first choice.




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Hi Gans, just to know if you got the NX70...  In case yes, did you like it?