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October 1, 2006 at 6:29 PM #42581blackfields57Participant
Hello, I have been surfing this forum for the last hour, and am more overwhelmed than ever.
I have been approved to buy a camcorder for my classroom. My budget is $1000-1200. Now I need to decide on which one, or format for that matter. Please allow me to use your mega-knowledge in aiding my purchase. the uses of the camera will be classroom presentations and projects, school events, and the biggest one, I am going to film our snowboard team this winter, and make a video in the spring. which type of camera would best suit my needs, as far as picture quality, format, zoom, and price.
Thanks, this site is awesome!
October 1, 2006 at 9:23 PM #178726blackfields57Participant
I have thought about a micophone and tripod, but I will just use available light. We already have computers, and software from the district. I have decided on miniDV, but that is about it. besides 3CCD, optical zoom, and inputs, and firewire, is there anything else I should look for? thanks in advance.
October 2, 2006 at 1:57 PM #178727AnonymousInactive
Boy, on your budget you’ll be hard-pressed to find a super great camera, but if you spend every penny of that $1200, you might be okay.
My advice would be more in the realms of being careful who you buy from. Thre are a lot of places out there that will sell you cameras like the Canon GL-2 (great for the stuff you mentioned) or the Sony VX-2100 (Even better than the GL-2 in lower lighting) for around your price range. In short, they’re rip-offs. They sell you open-box gray-market goods that are probably illegal to sell in the US to begin with, and definitely unethical to sell or buy.
Before you buy a camera, ask us about the shop, or better still, head on over to http://www.resellerratings.com and look them up yourself.
I would suggest using B&H (bhphotovideo.com) or a local service if you can. If I can’t physically touch a camera before I buy it, I at least buy it from someone I know that professionals trust.
Other than that, you’re really on the right track. Try to find a 3CCD camera that you can plug a mic and headphones into, not to mention Firewire.
Have fun spending our taxes! X-D
October 3, 2006 at 8:39 AM #178728tpainterParticipant
It is a little more than your budget, but take a look at the ag-dvc20. It is intended for use in an educational setting.
Panasonic also has a number of educational programs as well – you might pursue seeing if they can get you a discount or sponsor some equipment.
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