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- May 14, 2006 at 10:17 PM #42453AnonymousInactive
I am currently a junior in high school and I want to major in teledramatic arts when I graduate. Next year I am taking a video production class at school. THe only camcorder my family has right now is an old vhs-c and it sucks. My parents said we might be able to split the cost of a new digital camcorder. I was thinking mini-dv. What would be a good camcorder to get? Is Zoom Microphone really that helpful or should i not worry about it? Thanks for the input.
what kind of money are you working with? $300 or $3000 that is the most important thing we need to know to help answer any of your questions.
Ok, so you are looking at getting a single chip minidv standard definition camera. You should go to http://www.bhphotovideo.com and do a consumer camcorder search and sort by price. I personally recommend going with sony or canon in that price range a panasonic might be good to give you some of the good features. Typically the more money you can spend the more features are offered. Do not get a mini DVD camcorder, not good for editing! Here are some great features if you can afford to get them: A larger ccd (chip) gets better image quality. so a 1/3inch chip is better than a 1/4inch chip, which is better than a 1/5inch chip. Audio inputs are great, that way you can use any mic that you choose. Zoom mic is not that cool of a thing. Last thing to keep in mind, digital zoom is stupid… digital zoom degrades picture quality, the only zoom that matters is optical zoom. Hope that helps..
I can get a Canon zr100 for about 140 dollars would that be a good buy or should i spend a little more?
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But would the canon zr100 be a good starter camera cuz i dont have much money to spend