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- February 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM #47825AnonymousInactive
I am a new film maker and am looking to buy my first HD camera.
I am looking to buy a Panasonic AG-HMC40. Is this is a good camera? Any help and advice would be surely appreciated, Thank-You.
Here’s some info and reviews on the ’40. They should be helpful. I gotta’ ask, when you say ‘new filmmaker’ do you mean ‘new’ as in never shot an inch of footage before or ‘new’ as in having some experience shooting video but looking to start working regularly with your own gear? I ask, because it’s a big difference between the two. If you’re the first type of ‘new’, I’d strongly recommend you get something less pricey and learn basic video shooting techniques. That way if you decide it’s not to your liking, you won’t be out much money. Also, I do believe that camera uses AVCHD video codecs which can be a pain if you don’t have a properly outfitted mac or pc hardware and software-wise to handle it for editing. Before you spend a nickle, do your research on your existing desk or laptop computer to find out if it is compatible for editing with AVCHD video.
I am a new film maker who has shot footage and edited before but wants to start getting serious about it, and working with my own gear. I will also be getting a new computer and editing system so I will look into that.Well thank you very much for your help, it is surely appreciated! Looks like a good camera to start off with.
TJ as you’ve likely discovered, following up on Composite’s links, the AG-HMC40 does have its strengths as well as weaknesses. I do not think the weaknesses are necessarily a deal-breaker or things that cannot be compensated for or overcome, but if you haven’t paid attention to them before, you certainly SHOULD before investing.
Though I have concerns, I am NOT excluding the camera from my own HD acquisition intentions sometime this year, probably second quarter 2010. So, while I recognize and realize the potential trade-offs, I still acknowledge the potential for professional commercial HD production with this camera model. It doesn’t hurt that it is relatively affordable.
My concerns are primarily the CMOS sensors, and their size (1/4″) both of which have/produce “issues” for many in the professional production arena. Both can be overcome…
CMOS with its jello and jitter effects on fast moves (swish panning, high speed sports, fast-moving footage) and the squiggly “jello” effect on zooms. The 1/4″ and the inherent low-light restrictions that small size sensor represents. Answer No. 1 is use a tripod and don’t attempt fancy camera moves, and don’t expect the best of high-speed and/or sports-style acquisition in some cases – for commercial work with multiple takes and MORE static rather than not shoots “talking heads, etc.” things that do not necessitate EXTREME moves. Answer No. 2 is don’t zoom, use a tripod for stability, and move in with your wide-shot to get a closer, tighter frame without using the zoom rocker to acquire that framing. Frame first, then shoot.
So, while a “run-and-gun” style of shooting might not be suitable for the HMC40, it will or should do quite well in most OTHER acquisition cases.
Answer No. 3, use lights to offset the HMC40s potential low-light limitations.
Go for it, learn from it, and profit by it.
even though TJ is looking into buying this camera, i have been trying to find the cheapest hmc40 on the web and i have found the camera for 1649 and higher, one question i have to ask is what is the deal with the warranty?
What is the specific question about the warranty?
From the website: 1 year basic warranty. Get two years extended coverage free upon registration of camera. (The maximum warranty period may be adjusted depending on the number of hours the device has been used.)