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Hello All

I am pretty new to the filming seen and am trying to get involve in Outdoor Filming. In your opinions what is the best MiniDV Cam for outdoor low light filming. Also a user freindly editing software?

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You didn't mention what your budget might be. That piece of the puzzle often tells more about your possible camera choices than any other detail. Assuming that you want the most from the least amount of money, I'd look to the Canon HV20 or the new HV30. They will run you less than $1,000 (you may find the 20 for a lot less). They both will record both standard definition and High Def onto a MiniDV tape. They rely on a single CMOS imaging chip, but give very good image quality. Low-light performance of the CMOS is okay, but quite good for the price. Your limitation might be in the lens, but again, for the price it is a solid camera.

For editing, I recommend a prosumer level package that has a professional upgrade path. Two good options are Sony Vegas Platinum and Apple Final Cut Express 4. Both will give you ease of use, remarkable power, and you have the option of moving to a professional version as your business grows. You will also be quite at home on the pro versions once you develop your skills on the prosumer solutions. You might also look at Premier as a possibility.

Good luck,

Dave Arthur

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Joined: 07/02/2009 - 2:25am

I am filming Sprint cars racing on dirt tracks. I just got a Sony HVR HD1000N. This is probably the dustiest environment to take a camera to.

Are their any custom made dust covers for cameras or should I just continue to use a good old plastic bag?

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Better picture quality is what gets better low-light performance. Get a good 3ccd camera, HD camcorder, or one with both of these features.

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I agree, mostly with your words on High-Definition. If a single (pixel) section of a CCD is larger, it is exposed to more light. Suppose there is a SD and an HD camcorder with the same type and size of CCD. With a lower resolution, a single pixel of an SD camcorder is exposed to more light. In general, larger CCDs take in more light.

It used to be that a 3-CCD was used for most video situation, while CMOS sensors are designed for still photos. A 3-CCD camera was always the better option for recording video. CMOS chips sensors, however, have been dramatically improved over the years - they nearly render video the same way. Picking up a little bit of 3ccd knowledge, I learned that there are just some things that 3 ccds can do, particularly in low light, that just isn't the same for a CMOS.