$4,000.00 & Any camera Why?

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    • #48433

      We see the post all the time, what is the best camera to buy, etc and so forth. So I was thinking, what if…

      You have a TOTAL budget of $4,000.00 and you can buy any camera, gear and extras you want. You cannot add to the budget, EVERYTHING must fall within budget, no gimmicks to add funds. (I state this because when some have asked for suggestions and posted a budget some of the suggestions are WAY over the stated budget.)

      The guidelines

      1) Keep within budget for the camera, extra gear, and all extra toys.
      2) Post the link to your dream
      3) WHY- Why did you pick that camera, what appealed to you about it, what features stood out to you the most.

      Keep in mind, make it appealing by featuring the benefits of the camera, not personal loyalty to a brand or company, I am a Canon fan myself, but if there is a camera that falls within budget that is better I will jump ship.

      Why a limit of $4,000.00? If I had to venture a guess, most people could get a small loan for $4,000.00 easier than any other amount. It seems like banks and lending places do not like to go over that as a general rule. At least in my area. Also most people if forced can scrape together $4,000.00, you can. I scraped together over $7,500.00 in two days once, without going to a back, it does help that several of my friends and family members make 7 figures a year, but I never take advantage, I pulled that resource when closing the house.

      So…lets start the game….

    • #198987

      Sony AX2000 – $3500 – The specs sold me as did it’s feedback and reviews.

      Signal System – NTSC
      1080/60i, 30p, 24p
      480/60i, 30p, 24p

      Image Device – 1/3″ ClearVid 3CMOS with Exmor Technology 1.04 MegaPixels Each

      Lens – 20x G-Lens 29.5-590mm (35mm Equivalent), f/1.6-3.4

      Minimum Illumination – 1.5 lux

      Built-in Filters – Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

      Memory Card Slot – MemoryStick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC

      Shutter Speed Range
      60i/60p: 1/60-1/2000, 30p: 1/30-1/2000, 24p: 1/48-1/2400

      Gain Selection: -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21dB

      Video Formats
      HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
      SD: MPEG-2 PS

      Recording Rate
      HD: 180 min (32GB FX Mode), 235 min (32GB FH Mode), 435 min (32GB HQ Mode), 750 min (32GB LP Mode)
      SD: 475 min (32GB HQ Mode)

      Audio Signal Format
      HD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
      SD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz

      Input and Output Connectors:
      Component: Mini-D Jack (x1 Output)
      Composite/S-Video/Audio: Multi AV Jack (x1 Output)
      HDMI (x1 Output)
      USB (x1 Input/Output)
      Audio L/R Input: XLR 3-Pin Female (x2 Input) Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
      Remote: LANC (x1 Input)

    • #198988

      Hello Bruce; Do you have a link or photos?

    • #198989

      I have an AX2000 and love it. I film racing and a lot of facilities have poor lighting. This camera performs well in those conditions. I will have a small portable studio for driver interviews soon

    • #198990


      Hoping to order this week!

      Dagunner – Question – How well does the built in mic perform? Will I need a shotgun right away? Most of my spoken audio is interviews/talking heads/voiceovers which I often mic & record separately anyway.

    • #198991

      Birdcat – Answer – Get a shotgun when you get the camera. The built in mic soundslike an empty soda can. That is the only thing negative about this camera.
      I think you will be pleased with the camera.

    • #198992
      Luis Maymi LopezLuis Maymi Lopez

      Gregory I will like to add that when purchasing a camcorder one should look for bundles. I also bought the Sony AX2000 and for a little more it included a light, two batteries and a shotgun mount. Now I’m interested in a second camera, the Sony NX5U (the AX200 and the NX5U are almost identical). But before purchasing a second camera…well…I need a second cameraman jajajaja.

    • #198993

      OK – I will get a mic – I have a hard limit of $4k and need mic cable (short, coiled – $35), extra battery (NP-F970 – $105), SDHC Class 10 32gb (BJ’s has best price – $40 x 3) leaving about $240 for mic & anything else.

      Looking at Azden SGM-P II, Azden SGM-1X, Audio Technica AT875, Rode NTG-1 (a little more than I can spend but I hear good things about it). Ideally, want one with good off-axis rejection.

      Also, what is the mic diameter the AX2000’s clamp will fit?

      Other suggestions? Recommendations?

    • #198994

      sony nx5 and a wireless mic setup..

    • #198995
      Luis Maymi LopezLuis Maymi Lopez

      What is the mic diameter the AX2000’s clamp will fit?

      I bought theAudio Technica AT897and it does not fit in the AX2000 clamp. The shotgun comes with two adapters (that look like condoms) that when used the shotgun fit on the AX2000 clamp. The mics diameter should be more than 0.83″ to fit, but to make sure you should contact Sony.

    • #198996

      In an effort to replace my 20th Century Sony DVCam (standard definition, pre-FireWire), I recently bought the following:

      JVC GY-HM150U Compact Handheld 3-CCD Camcorder

      JVC Lithium-Ion Data Battery

      Tiffen 46mm UV Protector Filter

      Porta Brace Mini-DV Camera Case

      SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Class 10

      Vidpro SD-1 Secure Data Case

      Manfrotto 501HDV MagFiber MDeVe Tripod

      Cost $3,700.00…leaving me enough cash for a few additional San Disks.

      Why the JVC?

      My edit system is Final Cut Pro 7, the JVC video files are native and the workflow is seamless.

      The camera also has a variety of format settings and “A” “B” memory card ports for continuousshooting.

      Link to JVC GY-HM150:


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