OK then, let’s rule out hi


OK then, let’s rule out hi-def for now. The 2 cameras within your budget that have some professional features you might want are the Canon GL-2 and the Panasonic AG-DVC30 (I’ve been very happy with my DVC30). Neither has XLR connectors, but companies like Beachtek, Sign Video, and Studio 1 Productions all make XLR adapters that should work with either camcorder. Also, Panasonic makes an XLR adapter specifically for the DVC30.

The GL-2 has a larger zoom ratio, nice for sports and nature. The DVC30 has a bigger LCD monitor, and an infrared shooting feature for shooting in complete darkness. Other than that, they’re about equal. I think there’s a rebate going right now for some Canon models, like the GL-2.

I’ll also mention 2 other models, the Panasonic DVC7 and DVC20. These 2 aren’t quite as pro as the 1st 2 models I mentioned, but they are shoulder-mount designs, which is nice if you’re doing a lot of hand held work. (Also, they cost less.)

And of course, don’t forget you’ll need to save money to buy a good tripod ($75~500), a shotgun mic ($100~400) good editing software($100~600), and some lighting equipment($100~300). BTW, I’ve been using a Rode Videomic ($150), and am very happy with it. It uses a standard miniplug, not XLR, so it plugs right in to any of the above-mentioned camcorders.

Hope this helps you plan your purchases, πŸ™‚
Ken Hull

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