Camcorder for short film making

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    • #42823

      Hi guys,

      I’m looking for a decent camcorder for making short films, as well as home videos. I’m not a professional film maker so I’m looking for something suitable for a new starter, but with reliable quality and feature-set. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions based on the following basic specifications:

      1. atleast 10x optical zoom

      2. external mic (audio input)

      3. since I plan to edit the short films on my computer, I guess DV or DVD storage is more suitable, rather than a hard-disk (less reliable I suppose)

      4. I mainly plan to distribute the short film(s) online (streaming videos), and once in a while onDVD’s; so I guess 24fps (PAL)and web quality are important as well

      5. I’m located in Melbourne, Australia; and my budget is under US $1000

      Please share your suggestions.

      Thanks in advance! Cheers πŸ™‚

    • #179359

      I recently purchased the Canon HV20 and I must say that it is an excellent beginners camera. It has been perfect for just about any use I have come across and I love making short-films with it. You can get the HV20 for cheaper than what I got it at now because the HV30 just came out. The HV30 retails for about $1000 so you could pick that up, but I would personally get the HV20 and then get some accessories with the rest of your money. I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

    • #179360

      I have a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD305 – not sure how outdated it is – I got it over a year ago, but it has worked extremely well for basic home movie stuff. Sound quality is great as well as low light and quick focus.

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