OK then, let’s rule out hi

#170767
AvatarAnonymous
Inactive

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

Best Products

The best audio and video recorders β€” 2021

In this article, we’ll cover the best external recorders for both video and audio recording. Then, we’ll go over the specs we considered when making our selections so that you can choose the best recorder for your specific situation. The...
homicide-bootstrap