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- December 17, 2009 at 1:36 AM #40545
Im planning on buying a camcorder for shoting weddings,
birthday partys and conference meetings.
I’m still on the learning curve so i don’t know if i need
something too expensive.
Can someone give me some advice and recommendations
- December 17, 2009 at 4:29 AM #173978
What features exactly are you aiming for, and what is your budget? If you’re looking for a mid-priced HD camcorder, then I’d go with the Canon HV20 camcorder (found a great deal at http://estore.websitepros.com/2137271/-strse-287/Canon-HV20-High-Definition/Detail.bok) – a nice set of features for consumres entry-level prosumers that are not intimidating to get started with.
- December 17, 2009 at 11:40 PM #173979
Thanks for your suggestion XTR-91
Well I want a professional looking camera to impress my customers.
Im willing to spent about $1200.00
As for feartures the camera must be able the shoot in dim
light, some manuel/auto focus etc.
Above all it must shoot good HD video.
- December 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM #173980
You won’t find a “professional” HD camcorder (per say) in the $1,200 price range, but there are a number of good pro/prosumer options that you can by new or find cheaply online – Sony HDR-XR500V, Canon HG20, Panasonic HDC-TM300(not as much as a low light performer as the others). Yeah, you’ll impressa whole audience by purchasing a large camcorder, but if a cheaper camcorder (as your budget suggests) will shoot good enough HD video, then I’d purchase a consumer/prosumer camcorder in that price range such as the ones I listed above.
- December 20, 2009 at 3:19 PM #173981
Thanks again for your suggestion XTR-91.
I’ll take your advice underconsideration
What kind of professional camera would you suggest for shoot
- December 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM #173982
“What kind of professional camera would you suggest for shoot
Pro camcorders vary greatly in combinations of price, performance, and durability, just the same as consumer camcorders. For hundreds to thousands of dollars extra, professional camcorders offer a sharper image, broader range of controls, and a different degree of size and handling that a pro desires.
The absolute cheapest pro model of Sony’s I could find is the HVR-HD1000U HDV camcorder – $1,799. It’s one of the cheapest pro camcorders you’ll find new . My only real complaint is that it lacks XLR inputs.
You can also get the Panasonic AG-DVC20 camcorder $1,195 – MiniDV camcorder with 3 1/6″ CCDs. It has no XLR inputs, either.
There’s also a Canon GL2 prosumercamcorder selling on eBay for $1,175
- December 22, 2009 at 8:59 PM #173983
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