A camera for FEATURE Film

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Hello
I'm sure this question has been asked many times but here goes.
What is the besst bang for the buck in terms of getting a camera that can produce feature film quality results.
I am a music producer and i have my own post production setup for music and video.
I have written a screenplay and i'm testing the waterss on doing this porject within my own camp.
i do not know video and film gear the way i do audio gear.
i was prepared to buy a canon xl2 to start out but after reading several videomaker issues i'm considering the jvc GY-HD110U, although i do not know if either of these would be good for a low budget film.
I know the thing to do is to hire a camera crew but even if i do i have to know something about the gear.
Thanks


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After doing my own research and talking to several camera rental places hear in new york, i find the best bang for the buck camera boils down to these.
Panasonic dvx1oob.
sony hvr-z1u
canon xha1 or xhg1.
Sure there are others that cost more but i wanted to keep the price to less than four thousand.
Most of the rental places said that the Z1U is the hot item right now.
There are dvx's on ebay used for $1600 which look very tempting.
Any comments would be great.

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Last seen: 10 years 11 months ago
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thanks for the reply
the hvx200 was memtioned to me by the camera rental place, but i can't spend that much.
the idea about the black magic card and the sony v1u is great.
i guess that would work for inside shots.
but i will be doing alot of outside shooting.
i do like the jvc but the canon is less money.
but right now i'm leaning towards a used dvx. i can get 3 or more used ones for the price of one hvx200.

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your point is well taken
it's just like in the audio industry where people want interfaces that go up to 192khz when the end user is using mp3's.
at the same time you do not know what the future holds.
i just bought a 22" lcd off amazon new for $259, remember what lcd's used to cost.
maybe in the future the cost of these HD units will fall.
but i don't think by much.
in the recording world when you get to a certain level the price for quality gear is always going to be high.
My rep from sweetwater.com audio called and said they sell cameras now.
he said i could get a canon xl2 on sweetwaters credit plan.
i checked out the xl2 and it is super
check out this clip i found on the dvx user forum.
http://youare.tv/watch.php?id=2709
i think i'm going to go this way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i'll let yall know.

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Last seen: 10 years 11 months ago
Joined: 11/17/2006 - 1:27pm
yeah i think you are right.
the jaber on the net is the xl-1s was used to makie the successful zombie flicl 28 days.
if that is true then it is a rap.
The only problem is that amazon has it for $3300 plus a $300 rebate.
now if only i can get sweetwater.com who is selling theirs at $3999 to come down to the amazon price.
but it looks like it is the xl2 for me folks, one way or another.
thanks everybody!!!!!!!!! :D