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- February 10, 2019 at 3:49 PM #72008032mivey4Participant
I’m new to the forum but glad to have joined.
I’m looking for a camcorder with 4K capability, up to 60fps, reasonable battery life, sturdy motion stabilization feature, reliable, good storage capacity for long hours of recording, capable of excellent low light captures and something of well known quality.
It will be used primarily for shooting and production of music videos but will likely also be used for producing some other work such as weddings, family reunions and etc and so I need a very crisp and clear picture.
For self shooting videos, I would like the capability to project the video feed directly from the camera (which would be mounted on a stand of course) onto my iMac in realtime to monitor my own shots when producing my own music videos as well.
I’m on a fixed budget so as much as I’d love something like a Panasonic AG-HPX500PJ or similar gear ranging in the upper 16K+. I simply can’t afford it nor do I think I really need anything that elaborate. I’m not doing high end film production and honestly I wouldn’t know what would be to gain with the higher priced camcorders over others more moderately priced within my budget.
3K to 4K is my limit but if I could stay well below those figures and still get a very pro level piece of gear I’d be happy. Which is why I’m hoping some pros in this forum. I’m really hoping someone hear can help me out.
- February 11, 2019 at 11:23 AM #72008074bobspezParticipant
I don’t believe this exists in your budget. The used pro shoulder mount cams you could afford would be several years older than new ones, and so likely wouldn’t have the features you seek.
- February 11, 2019 at 11:56 AM #72008077JackWolcottParticipant
You probably should re-think your priorities. ” I’m not doing high end film production” — so why the 4K? Yes it’s the format de jour, but other than being able to crop more efficiently than with HD, what’s the need with family outings and wedding video? There are lots of excellent HD cameras in your budget range that will fulfill most or all of your requirements. Most have HDMI out so you can monitor your shooting; most will give you excellent image quality as well.
- February 11, 2019 at 4:37 PM #72008103mivey4Participant
Hey, thanks for the replies; much appreciated.
bobspez, with regard to “The used pro shoulder mount cams you could afford would be several years older than new ones, and so likely wouldn’t have the features you seek.”
I’d ask, really??? It just seems like the features I stated I was looking for would typically be bare basic functionality at best that even a used shoulder camera a few years old should have so I’m a bit confused on your statement.
jackwolcott, I figured it would be a better investment to have the 4K since things are trending in that direction as opposed to spend on an HD and have it outdated soon afterward. But what do I know? That’s why I was posting my question here to get advice from pros who are more experienced than myself.
That said, Thanks for informing me that the HDMI output is required for monitor my shoots. I didn’t really know what I needed.
So lastly, there are in fact shoulder camcorders in HD that would be within my budget?
Are there any particular brands that you could recommend?
Panasonic? Sony? JBL? or ????
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by mivey4.
- February 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM #72008105bobspezParticipant
I haven’t seen a single pro shoulder mount camcorder in your budget that shoots 4K. If you find one, let us know and then buy it.
- February 14, 2019 at 9:56 PM #72008292tampavideoproductionParticipant
Hello there, Can anyone suggest me the best camera with great battery life, recording capacity, lens quality, image sensor, recording and audio options for video production. I will be thankful if someone helps me in suggesting the best camera.
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