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- January 10, 2008 at 2:58 AM #43665
Ok guys I’m in college and I was wondering what is the best HD camcorder I can get for 1000$ or so. Cash is tight so its gotta last me for a bit and I need to getsome good filming on it. I plan to take a missions trip to later this year and possibly longer in the future. So I am looking to do several things; I would like to be able to make quality documentary videos and promo videos for our supporters. I would like tomake some youtube video content. I need to make some commercials for my dads business. And who knows what else so it needs to be pretty versatile. I am open to used camcorders as well if anybody has any connections that would be great. I will be serving an orphanage in Liberia called Acers of hope and will make some promo videos for them. So if you guys know something any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. here is some extra info: I am a PC guy and I am getting the CS3 master package which includes video editing software. I am getting a dell insperon laptop with 2.2gig dual core 4gig ram 256 NVIDIA G-force with a 250gig hard drive. I would like some features on the camcorder but I’m not to picky as long as it works; I would like HD, MIC/Headphone jack if thats possible. I am not really sure what other features that I need but I just want it to work well for what I’m doing.
Oh and I asked my Dad and he said it is a non profit Organization so anything can be donated and written off as a tax deduction.
Here is a list of some things I could use if you know anybody but anything will help; lights, filters, green screen, whiteallence cloth, mic’s, good set of headphones, cables, wireless mics, and of course camcorder(s).
Anything else would be helpful I am kind of flying by the seat of my pants here telling my dad everything will work out.
thank you for your support.
You can get a Panasonic AG-DVC20 for about $1200.00
ok thanks i will look into that. if anyone else has anymore suggestions I’m all ears.
The DVC20 mentioned by Aspyrider is a shoulder mount design, which is best if you’re running around a lot, shooting unscripted action. It is standard definition, not hi-def … don’t know if that matters to you.
Another possibilty, going for around $700 street price, is the Canon HV20. This is a hi-def camcorder. It’s a small hand-holdable design, not a shoulder mount design.
An item I did not see in your list is a tripod. A good tripod is a must. Expect to pay at least $200…. some of the better ones are over $500.
For the money, I would definitely suggest getting the DVX 100, you can get one on ebay for around 1000.0 slightly used and it also shoots on 24p, its one of the best and most cost effective prosumer cameras on the market, I’m speaking from experience, its a brilliant camera and well worth the money!! It gives you the most crisp look, might as well be film!! Except it is digital, but the 24p option gives the look!! Just be sure to bid on one where the seller has a high rating!!