Best 3-chip for shooting tiny details

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    • #42353
      Avatarfrogger
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      Let me start by saying that I’ve learned a ton from this forum!

      Anyhow, I’m looking for best camcorder to shoot small objects like ship and airplane models (don’t ask). I need a camcorder that has ability to pick up the small details – i.e., great macro abilities & sharpness.

      Final product will be put out on DVD so HDV is not really an option for now. Price needs to be under $6k.

      Anyone have advice?

    • #178003
      Avataralohrey
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      If you are willing to spend that kind of money, I would recommend still getting an HDV camera, particularly the sony Z1u or FX1.. my reasoning…they are great cameras, HDV looks amazing compared to dv on an Hidef monitor, especially in the details. You will be lighting well I assume since you control your environment when shooting model pieces. And most importantly, you can shoot in HDV, but still edit and export in dv just as easily. and when the tech comes around, you can reexport in hdv, and it’ll look that much better. Just my opinion, otherwise get a pro dv cam like the panasonic agdvc200p or sony 250 with the larger chips and higher lines of res (800 vertical) than prosumer models.
      Let us know what you decide..
      ~Adam

    • #178004
      Avatarfrogger
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      thanks Adam. I’ll check out those other options.

      Question on the HDV option –would HDV camcorder produce better image on DVD than DV camcorder? E.g., would FX1 produce better DVD image after downconverting to SD than say a VX2100? I’ve heard a lot of conflicting opinions on this issue. thanks again

    • #178005
      Avataralohrey
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      thats sort of a tricky question. The quality of video burned to a dvd is relative. The reason is the various encoding settings, methods, and software. Downconverted HDV video looks identical to SD video in my opinion. The FX1 shooting in DV mode, or in HDV downconverted to standard definition should look very similar to video shot with a vx2100, with a few exceptions (mostly low light situations, the 2100 will perform better than the fx1)
      back to your quesion at hand, no the hdv won’t look any better on a standard dvd because of the way a dvd works.. DVD’s use MPEG1 or 2 encoding, which compresses DV to a lower than original quality, so naturally it would compress HDV to an essentially equal quality.

      Which leads me to a final point… shouldn’t all of us benefit from high capacity optical disc formats?? If they do it right, our Standard Def video could be encoded as NTSC DV and be at original quality, not compressed like on a 4.7gb dvd. Not likely an optical disc format will utilize a codec for higher quality dv footage(since it would be 4:3), but it would be a great bonus. What do you think?

      Later
      ~Adam

    • #178006
      Avatarfrogger
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      thanks Adam again. Very well explained. Re your question, I would love to see it happen but these things seem to move slow as a herd of turtles….

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