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- April 26, 2007 at 10:58 AM #43515AnonymousInactive
I am a television student, and looking to buy my first prosumer style camera with 3CCDs. Because I am a college kid I dont have much money, A buddy of mine is selling his Canon XL 1 for $1500. Which is a good deal, but its not HD, and I know theses days everything is going to be in HD. But I really want the new JVC HD Gy 250, those are about 10,000, very expensive. Do you think it would be better for me to save for the JVC, or just buy the Canon, or are there other quality HD cameras out there that are more in my price range?
A lot of people are struggling with that question right now. Remember, if you’re going to do HD, you’ll need a powerful computer for the post production. Of course, you could get an HDV camcorder and just shoot SD for now, switching to HD in a year or 2.
Having been a Television and Film student (many years ago), I understand you want to get a good professional unit as soon as you can. I suspect the best course of action at this time would be to shop for a "make-do" HD camcorder. Then in a couple years get your "dream" camcorder, and use the other as a backup camcorder. After all, in a couple years there may be an even better "dream" camcorder. 😉
If I were to jump into HD right now, and get a "make-do" HD camcorder, I’d be taking a hard look at the Sony HVR-AU1, or for a smaller budget, the Canon HV20. Or if you’re willing to gamble on a used camcorder, something like a Sony FX1 or JVC GY-HD100U.
Hope this helped, 🙂
Just to cover all angles here, have you considered renting as a solution? You may be able to save a lot of money or spend it elsewhere (e.g., lights). Also, as a student, I went down the middle ($450 each–Sony D8, 1999) on my first camcorder with a good friend. I know what you thinking, that decision could end up really ugly. It worked for us over four years until I decided to buy a higher end camcorder that fit my needs better. I wouldn’t suggest this strategy for everyone, you’ve got to have a trust worthy friend and a commitment of several years of sharing and caring for equipment. I think camcorders are easy enough to share as far as video equipment goes– their not always in use and their fairly portable.
After all, you could even shoot some event gigs for pay to help you earn the next camera.
Well Luka, I guess I should have asked what you planned to do with the XL-1. :-// If you would use to to make money doing event videography (or local TV commercials?) then yeah, go for it. It has pro features and would look very impressive to your clients. 😀
But if you just want to get the feel of a pro camcorder, and maybe try a few HD experiments, the Sony HVR-AU1 would let you do that. Otherwise, it’s a loooong wait saving up money for the JVC GY-HD250.
Just my 3 cents worth, 🙂
My father is a Wedding Minister, and me and 2 other kids from school were thinking about shooting weddings for real cheap this summer for a few reasons, Practice/extra cash/its fun…So you still say get the XL-1 and use the revenues from that to upgrade?
I am not worried about the powerful computer part….My brother is a computer programing major (wants to do video games) him and I build my PC for video editing….