Filming races

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    • #48855
      Avatarlareel961
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      I need help with what video camera would be right for me to film modified dirt racing and family events. I need one that is extremely user friendly. My budget is 500 to 700 dollars. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am no “Tech” person. Just someone who sponsors a race car and is getting ready to be a grandma. Please help!

    • #200303
      AvatarLiber
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      This seems to be a good camera for what your doing. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/739919-REG/Panasonic_HDC_SD600K_HDC_SD600K_Camcorder.html

      It can shoot in 60p, which would be good the dirt racing. There are no reviews yet, though, so proceed with caution.

    • #200304
      AvatarGrinner Hester
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      I shoot motorsports of all flavors every week but would never film one of these events. Just too much going on and too much budget wasted on film. I roll video dang near non-stop to ensure I miss nothing then spend my time in post. I shoot on an FX1 and love it for all kinds of racing. It’s durable and very forgiving with both light and audio (another reason not to shoot film).

      You can find used FX1s all day long on ebay for less than a grand today.

    • #200305
      AvatarAnonymous
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      I’m looking for a camera to be used in the same application but I do have a larger budget in the 1-2k range. But I’m not experienced with the focus rings and such. Is there a professional lever camera in that price range that still offers auto focus?

    • #200306
      AvatarDaryl
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      even the FX-1 has an auto focus

    • #200307
      AvatarGrinner Hester
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      and auto preset. Quite idiot proof int he field whern shooting motorsports. Just aim it, really.

      I have boatloads of content if you wanna take a looksy:

      http://ModdinArt.com/show.html

    • #200308
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      You guys are awesome, I really do appreciate your input. I’ll continue to update as race season nears and progresses.

    • #200309
      Avatarroblewis56
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      Shooting at a 60p frame rate should give you smoother video. However doubling the data rate may be a problem for your computer. As pointed out, you will not want to use 60i and I don’t think the suggested camcorder can shoot in 30p.

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