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- May 14, 2014 at 1:16 AM #77031
So now I am leaning towards a laptop with flash storage (240 GB SSD), versus one with a fast processor. What do you think– good idea? Is video transfer speed more important than processor speed?
- May 14, 2014 at 6:01 AM #210416brunerwwMember
Hi dwp_18 – with a $2000 budget, the camera system I would recommend really depends on which operating system you're comfortable with. If you're comfortable with Windows, I recommend:
Here is an example of the image quality this camcorder can produce:
If you're more comfortable with Mac, I recommend:
Here is what this camera can do (please watch at 1080p):
Hope this is helpful!
- May 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM #210427frankschodeParticipant
brunerww, appreciate your comment since I too am looking in this price range. Recently bought Canon 70D, I was looking at the CX900, which I really liked, but couldn't find any good reviews online for the camera. After watching the posted video above, I'm amazed at the quality, though not suprised because of the 1 in. sensor. I'm curious as to why you went with the Canon G20 for the Mac setup. I just started working with the 70D and can return it without loss for a while yet as I ponder what my final selection will be. BTW, do you know what quality of still frame shots the CX900 produces?
Thank you for your comment, greatly appreciated.
- May 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM #210442
Thanks Bill. Sorry for the newbie question, but do most camcorders use the SD card for storage, and do those laptops have the SD card slot?
I am surprised at your recommendation, as I thought the laptop quality would take priority (processor speed and quality, drive speed, drive capacity, RAM, graphics card, video capture)? Do you think a sub- $400 camcorder and more expensive laptop is better for my purposes?
My videos are mostly indoors and are of training/ demonstration of exercises (people). In your opinion should I use an external mic (I have a rhode shotgun mic) or use the camcorder's built in mic. I notice not many sub $400 camcorders have external mic jacks.
Thanks for your help.
- May 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM #210476
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- May 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM #210498onehornParticipant
Always use an off camera mic such as the Rode you mentioned. On camera mics pick up too much noise from the camera itself. For interview type videos you may want to consider using a lapel mic if possible. Which is the right type of mic and how it should be used depends on the type of interviews you are doing.
- June 18, 2014 at 7:22 AM #210642HowardRobinsonParticipant
Computer performance is affected by the processor and memory. They are the most important thing which makes a difference to the computer's general speed. Actually, it is dependent upon which type of software you are using. Hard drive speed becomes a roadblock for extremely fast processors or editing uncompressed video. In video editing intermediate format is used to reduce the need for RAID.
- May 17, 2014 at 7:15 AM #210433brunerwwMember
Hi Frank – I recommended the Canon for the Mac setup for price reasons. With the higher price of the Mac laptop, the CX900 would have taken dwp over the $2000 budget limit
That said, if I were in the market for a 1080p fixed lens camcorder today in the $1000 to $1500 price range, I would get the $1498 CX900. It is the best 1080p camcorder on the market today.
But if I was going to spend that much money, I would get a $1698 (body only) Panasonic GH4 4K camera, not a 1080p camcorder. Much better stills and 4 times the video resolution.
You can find more examples of what this camera can do on the GH4K group I moderate over on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/groups/gh4k
If you trade the 70D in for any camera, I recommend the GH4.
Good luck with your decision!
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