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Need Suggestions for a DV Camera...
9 replies to this topic
Posted September 09 2005 - 03:33 AM
I am looking to spend 1,000-1,500 or so. 1: Looking for normal DV 480i (not 1080i), but with good picture quality, IE very little noise/grain like the lower-end models have 2: A camera that can take mods like lenses, I know I want a wide-angle lens... 3: Don't care about still photos 4: Needs FireWire output (will be editing on PC) 5: Nightvision would be nice, but it's not required 6: Whatever else I am forgetting that's good. I will be doing hobby DV Film-Making with it... Thanks in advance, guys. (If this is in the wrong section, please move it. This is the only place I could find where I figured it would go...)
Posted September 09 2005 - 11:08 AM
When shooting 16:9 widescreen, most camcorders just crop their 4:3 image. I don't know if there are any camcorders that shoot true 16:9 images in your price range.
Posted September 09 2005 - 02:36 PM
I have seen some MiniDV cameras that take USB and don't seem to have FireWire. Like the JVC GZ-MC500US...
Posted September 11 2005 - 10:30 AM
Panasonic PV-GS250 is what I am eyeing up. Butterflyphoto has it for just under 700, and I am going to add on a wide-angle lens (A must for shooting in a tiny apt like mine), 5-hour battery, UV lens (basically a lens protectoer I guess) and maybe a filter set.
Posted September 12 2005 - 04:54 AM
That model uses a Microdrive or Compact Flash, not MiniDV. All MiniDV camcorders have Firewire.
Posted September 12 2005 - 08:21 AM
There's still time before I pull the trigger to reccomend some more cameras. I can't seem to find one in my price range that performs well under low light conditions. The Panny looks good, other than that one flaw...
Posted September 12 2005 - 08:55 AM
Are you looking at 3-chip cameras? Lower priced 3-chippers tend to have smaller CCDs than one-chippers, which hurts their low-light performance.
Posted September 13 2005 - 04:21 PM
Yeah, I guess I am looking for 3-chippers because that seems to be a requirement for a good picture. I have used a Canon ZR60 and found that I was not impressed with it's picture at all...
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