Help Buying Semi Pro Camera

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    • #85602

      I need big time help. I am in the process of having to develop a series of videos. I need them to look as professional as possible. I cannot afford to spend too much $$ and after doing some research I see how the semi pro cameras can easily be $2000 and up. Making things more complicated, I do not know about that level of cameras. I have looked at the Canno HX-A1, XL2, XH-A1S, Panasonic AG-DVX100, AG-HVX200, Sony HDR-FX1, FX 1000, HVR V1U, DCR VX2 DCR 2000, JVC GY-HD100U, and a few more.


      Of course they are all between $500 and $1200. I am really tryiing to be careful and make sure I get the most for my buck. I'm a teacher so budget is a biggy! I will be shooting indoors but I am planning on getting some lights and setup a greenscreen and use Camtasia to edit. Anyways, any solid advice you guys can please give me? I know most of these use tape but for that price range it seems to be hard to get away from them.


      Any help and places where to shop would be appreciated.





    • #212319

      Hi Aldo – please avoid tape cameras, if you can.  They are more trouble than they are worth.


      If you are able to stretch your budget by $50, you can get a professional camcorder with pro XLR mic inputs that records to solid state SD cards instead of tape – a used JVC GY-HM150, starting at $1250 from Amazon Warehouse Deals.


      Here is what this camera can do:







      Another solid state option in your price range would be the Canon XA10, which you can get for $1200 used on eBay.


      Here is what this camera can do:









      Either of these cameras would do a great job in a classroom or green screen setting.


      Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!



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    • #212540

      GH4 has the most "Bang for the Buck".

    • #212543
      Dariusz W.

      I'm quite new to the semi-pro/professional video world. I purchased a Sony HXR-MC2500, as it fit the purposes of what it will be used for. [Weddings & "Run&Gun Documentaries"].


      It has NCF Wifi, meaning my phone can be used to remotley control the camera, captures video in full HD, at 60 frames per second. It's weak audio wise, with only one 3.5mm mic input, however it has a hotshoe mount which allows for seamless integration of Sony's XLR Accesories.


      As stated above, I would stay away from tape. I used to own a JVC-HD110U, and just had plenty of trouble with the tapes. It may just be one bad apple from the basket, but I found that my workflow proficency increased as soon as I switched to digital.


      One thing I've learned when purchasing a camera, always look at what the competition is providing, and make sure you scout out your buyer, so that you are not tricked into a sticky situation.


      Best of luck!

    • #212905

      This camera is very impressive, it is very portable and film at 1080P, but it more a professional camera, but still I wanted to suggest it.

      Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

      For a professional, very portable camera at this price and even a little lower price here, I really recommend it and it to considerate it for professional filming and result :

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