Need Camcorder Advice on which camcorder to buy

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    • #42273
      AvatarVideoguy81
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      I need some advice on Camcorders. I have a Canopus DV Storm2 for Video Editing. I’m just a hobbiest.

      I want one MiniDV Camcorder that I can do filmmaking on(Short Movies, Computer Tutorials DVD’s, Video to add in my FPS games I want to create.

      I’ve narrowed down my choices to these

      Panasonic PV GS 250 3CCD

      LENS
      Image Sensor 1/6″ CCD x 3 (740k x 3 pixels)
      F Value F1.6 (Wide) / F2.8 (Tele)
      Optical Zoom 10x
      Focal Length 2.85 – 28.5mm
      Filter Diameter 43mm
      35mm Film Camera Equivalent Tape Mode: 43.8 – 438mm
      Card Mode: 41.3 – 413mm
      Lens Leica Dicomar Lens
      CAMERA
      Still Picture Recording 3.1 Megapixel (With Quad-Density Pixel Distribution Technology)
      Minimum Illumination 1 Lux (Advanced Magic Pix)
      White Balance Auto/Indoor/Outdoor/Set (with IR Sensor)
      High Speed Shutter In Tape Mode: 1/50 – 1/8000 sec.
      In Card Mode: 1/2 – 1/2000 sec.
      Iris Auto/Manual (Including Gain)
      Backlight Compensation Yes
      Viewfinder Color
      LCD 2.5″
      Power LCD Yes
      Intelligent AI LCD Yes
      LCD Light Panel Yes
      Manual Focus Ring Yes
      Pure Color Engine Advanced
      Soft-Skin Mode Yes
      Tele Macro Mode Yes
      Direct Mode Dial Yes
      Easy Cassette Eject Yes
      MagicPix Images Yes
      Simultaneous Motion Video & Still Picture Recording Yes
      Date Recording Auto Date (in Date Code)
      Fade Color Black or White
      Record Review Yes
      On-Screen Display Language English / Spanish / French
      Image Stabilizer Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
      Digital Zoom 700x
      Quick Start Button 1.7 seconds
      Web Camera Function Yes
      RECORDING & PLAYBACK
      Recording Mode SP/LP
      Still Picture JPEG
      2048 x 1512 3.1MEGA
      1600 x 1200
      1280 x 960
      640 x 480
      SD CARD FEATURES
      Built-in SD Slot Yes (SD/MMC)
      DPOF Max. 99 stills
      PictBridge Compatible Yes
      Audio Dubbing (SP only) Yes
      Battery & Tape Indicators Yes
      JACKS
      S-Video In Yes
      S-Video Out Yes
      Mini DV In/Out IEEE1394 In/Out
      USB Port 2.0 High Speed (mini B)
      Analog In/Out Yes
      Microphone (stereo mini) Yes
      Headphone (M3) HP Out or AV In/Out
      Accessory Shoe Hot
      STANDARD ACCESSORIES
      AC Adaptor Yes
      Battery Pack Yes
      Shoulder Strap Yes
      AV Cable (RCA-Multi) Yes
      USB Cable Yes
      IR Remote No
      Free-style Remote Controller Yes (with Mic.)
      Lens Cap Yes
      Software USB Driver
      Video Stream Driver
      MotionDV STUDIO 5.3E LE for DV
      GENERAL
      Power Supply DC 7.2V
      Power Consumption 4.0W (EVF)
      4.3W (LCD)
      Dimensions (H x W x D) 27/8” x 31/4” x 55/8”
      Weight 1.10 lbs
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      Canon Optura 500

      Power Supply (rated) 7.4 V (battery pack) 8.4 V (DC IN)
      Power Consumption (While recording AF=”ON”) Approx. 3.3 W (using viewfinder), 4.1 W (using LCD screen)
      Television System EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal
      Video Recording system 2 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system (consumer digital VCR SD system), digital component recording
      Audio Recording system PCM digital sound:
      16-bit (48 kHz/2 ch.)
      12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch.)
      Image Sensor 1/3.4 inch CCD, approx. 2,200,000 pixels Effective pixels: tape approx. 1,230,000 pixels, card approx. 2,000,000 pixels
      Tape Format Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark
      Tape Speed SP: 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/sec.)
      LP: 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/sec.)
      Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette) SP: 80 min.
      LP: 120 min.
      Fast Forward/Rewind time 2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60-min. cassette)
      Lens f=4.7-47 mm, f/1.8-2.4, 10x power zoom
      Focusing System TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible
      Minimum Focusing Distance 3.3 ft (1 m); 0.39 in. (1 cm) on maximum wide angle
      Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2,000 sec. (1/250 sec. when using a memory card)
      Minimum Illumination 1.1 lx using the Night mode during tape recording
      Recommended Illumination More than 100 lx
      Filter Diameter 30.5 mm
      Viewfinder 0.33 inch, color LCD (approx. 113,000 pixels)
      LCD Screen 2.5 inch (approx. Optura 500: 211,000 pixels)
      Microphone Stereo electret condenser microphone
      DV Terminal Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)
      Video Terminal 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
      S-video Terminal 1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)
      Audio Terminal Input level: -10 dBV/40 kohms or more Output level: -10 dBV (47 kohm load)/3 kohms or less
      Operating Temperature range 32 – 104 F (0 – 40 C)
      Dimensions 2.1 x 4.2 x 4.0 inch (53 x 107 x 101 mm)
      Weight (not including lens and battery pack) Camcorder Body only: approx. 1.0 lb. (470g) Total equipment weight: approx. 1.2 lb. (530g)
      Memory Card
      Recording Media MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
      Image Format Still image: JPEG (compression: Superfine/Fine/Normal) Movie: MPEG-4 (Optura 500), Motion JPEG (Optura 400)
      File Format Design rule for Camera File system (DCF), Exif 2.2 compliant, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant (images marked for transfer are also DPOF compliant)
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      Canon Optura Xi Mini Dv Camcorder

      Optura Xi Item Code:
      9000A001

      Power supply (rated):
      7.4 V DC (Battery)
      8.4 V DC (DC IN)

      Power consumption:
      4.5 W (using viewfinder)
      5.7 W (using LCD screen

      Television system:
      EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal

      Video recording system:
      2 rotary heads, helical scanning system DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD system)
      Digital component recording

      Audio recording system:
      PCM digital sound:
      16-bit (48 kHz/2 ch.)
      12-bit (32 kHz/4 ch.)

      Image sensor:
      1/3.4″ CCD (charge coupled device)
      approx. 2,200,000 pixels
      (approx. 1,230,000 effective pixels-tape)
      (approx. 2,000,000 effective pixels-card)

      Tape format:
      Videocassettes bearing the MiniDV mark

      Tape speed:
      SP: 3/4 ips (18.81 mm/sec.)
      LP: 1/2 ips (12.56 mm/sec.)

      Maximum recording time (with an 80-min. cassette)
      SP: 80 min.
      LP: 120 min.

      Fast forward/rewind time:
      2 min. 20 sec. (with a 60-min. cassette)

      Lens:
      F1.6 – 1.9, 11x power zoom, f=4.2 – 47 mm
      (16:9 mode: F1.6 – 1.9, 10x power zoom, f=4.7- 47 mm) (Tape)
      F1.8-2.8, 9x power zoom, f=5.2 – 47 mm (Card)

      Focusing system:
      TTL autofocus, manual focusing possible

      Minimum focusing distance:
      Tele: 3.3 ft. (1 m)
      Wide: 0.79 in. (2 cm)/Card: 2.4 in (6 cm)

      Maximum shutter speed:
      1/2,000 sec. (1/500 when using memory card)

      Minimum illumination:
      1.3 lx using the Night Mode during tape recording

      Recommended illumination:
      More than 100 lx

      Filter diameter:
      46 mm

      Viewfinder:
      0.33 in., color LCD
      (approx. 113,000 pixels)

      LCD screen:
      3.5 in. measured diagonally
      (approx. 246,000 pixels)

      Microphone:
      Stereo electret condenser microphone

      DV terminal:
      Special 4-pin connector (based on IEEE 1394)

      Video terminal:
      1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced

      S-video terminal:
      1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.286 Vp-p (C signal)

      Audio terminal:
      Input level: -10 dBV/40 kohm, unbalanced
      Output level: -10 dBV, less than 3 kohms, unbalanced

      Operating temperature range:
      32 – 104 F (0 – 40 C)

      Dimensions:
      3.2 x 3.5 x 7.9 in. (80 x 90 x 201 mm)

      Weight:
      1.6 lbs. (725 g)
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      What do you think of these Camcorders and their specs. Which one should I choose?

      Thanks so much

    • #177749
      Avatarjohnnymac
      Participant

      I’d hate to fire off some curt reccomendation without knowing more.

    • #177750
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      What’s your budget look like?
      (I’ll give you a recomendation if you pay me…)

      Just Kidding.

      I like the Canon Optura line because of the color sensitivity and the native 16:9 chips.

    • #177751
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      What’s your budget look like?
      (I’ll give you a recomendation if you pay me…)

      Just Kidding.

      I like the Canon Optura line because of the color sensitivity and the native 16:9 chips.

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