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      I have been doing photo for years, and I am interested in getting into videography. I have been doing a bit of reading, but I live in a place that does not sell 3ccd cameras in stores. I am finding it very difficult to narrow down the vast amount of information out there to make an informed decision about which camera to invest in. So, basically my question is this, does anybody know of a good forum that has strong advice about quality of one camera over others, debating the merits of various cameras, discussing the cheapest/lowest level camera that is capable of producing footage that would not be distracting at a film festival, etc.

      I am finding even Sony’s and Canon’s websites are largely unhelpful. Are there any websites out there that clearly break down the info and provide comparisons across a brand’s line and/or across different brands?

      Finally, I am looking to invest $2000-$4000 in the camera itself. Any suggestions? I am looking to do human interest pieces that i would like ultimately to be submitable to film festivals. So, the video would not need to be 35mm film quality, but it would need to be HD and capable of getting quality images in unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances. Do you know of any reliable source for buying used or refurbished cameras that could still serve my purposes?

      Thank you so much for the help!

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      Luis Maymi Lopez

      Check out the Videomaker Camcorder Buyer Guide 2008 article at

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      Cat Ketch

      I suggest that your needs would be met with a Sony HDR-HC9 camcorder AND the this instructional DVD:??? VASST Inside theSONY HC Series Camcorders, Douglas Spotted Eagle.???

      You can order the DVD here:???

      In my opinion, this DVD should have been in the box when I bought the camcorder.


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