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  • #52275

    gans
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    Hi there!

     

    I need to buy a Pro/Prosumer Camcorder for Travel Documentary.

    My budget is $3000/$4000. I really don't want to exceed the budget.

    Any suggestions on what camcorder I should get? What is the best camera for this range of price?

     

    Thanks?

  • #205155

    mhageman
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    Hello gans,

     

    Videomaker just release our Camcorder Buyer's Guide with dozens of camcorders listed. This might help you decide.

     

    Cheers!

  • #205165

    brunerww
    Member

    Hi gans – the camera that VIdeomaker recommends in your price range, the $2133 Sony NX30, is a great camera – but the new $1937 Panasonic AG-AC90 is a better value for your money and can give you results like this:

     

     

    If you want the shallow-depth-of field, large sensor look, you might want to look at the new shoulder mounted, large sensor, interchangeable lens Sony NEX-EA50 for $3599.  It produces results like this:

     

     

    Hope this is helpful,

     

    Bill

    Hybrid Camera Revolution

     

     

     

     

  • #205167

    chuckzootz
    Participant

    I lke my HF G10 vixia, it is small, compact, and shoot lovely footage, has a fast lens with a medium wide to short telefoto capability and sells for under 1500 bucks, If you want to go up the Canon

    XA 10 is the pro version and includes xlr audio inputs and cost 2000 bucks. I use mine for all sorts of shooting, Ive been working on a ducumentary on a paleontologist working in my state and the HF G10 is my camera of choice.

  • #205176

    Tony
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    I Like the Sony NX70. Good image quality and something very important in your trip: water proof! I use it on my canoe wilderness trips, under rain, dusty places.  It´s around 2500 US$ now.  Very light too, reasonable manual controls etc. The vibration reduction system is just amazing, in case you need to shoot from a moving car or boat for example. One battery will last around 6 hours continuous filming, or a few days tripping/shooting.  You can see one recent result here: https://vimeo.com/45967599  

     

     

  • #205177

    marque989
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    I mentioned already on your other post, the Panasonic AG-AC90 this is  a great camcorder, I own one and have been very happy with it. I bought it for my production company but have been using it more and more for my personal shoots as it has great picture quality and the ability to adjust focus, zoom and Iris control independantly make it a real plus. If your shooting long periods this one will record up to 10hrs continuous (with 2 SD cards) or it has a time lapse function for recording those sunsets.

     

    Sincerely

     

    Marque P.

    MRP – HDMultimedia Productions

  • #205180

    brunerww
    Member

    So we have:

     

    – 2 votes for the AC90

     

    – 1 vote for the HF G10

     

    – 1 vote for the NX70

     

    – 1 vote for the NEX-EA50

     

    Small sample size – but the AC90 is looking pretty good 🙂

     

  • #205192

    gans
    Participant

    I am actually thinking to get the Sony NX70. I guess because some of its features make it the best choice (mike, water resistant, ecc)

     

    Any reasons why I should not?

    Any camcorder you think is better in the same price range?
     

  • #205194

    brunerww
    Member

    gans – for travel, you really can't beat the toughness and water resistance of the NX70 for the $2776 price.  And there is a $300 rebate from Sony if you get it before December 31st.  A really good deal.

     

    Hope this is helpful. Best of the holidays – and good luck with your project!

     

    Bill

    Hybrid Camera Revolution

  • #205195

    gans
    Participant

    Thanks.

    Bill, it looks great. Unfortunately I live in the UK and here the NX70 is much more expensive (about $4000) and with no rebates… However, it still is my first choice.

  • #205205

    gans
    Participant

    Quite! Thanks for the link Bill!

  • #207304

    Tony
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    Hi Gans, just to know if you got the NX70…  In case yes, did you like it? 

  • #205203

    brunerww
    Member

    [quote=gans]

    Thanks.

    Bill, it looks great. Unfortunately I live in the UK and here the NX70 is much more expensive (about $4000) and with no rebates… However, it still is my first choice.

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    Ouch.  Is this £2280 price (free shipping) from Amazon UK any better?

     

    Cheers, and again, good luck.

     

    Bill

    Hybrid Camera Revolution

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