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Is there a reasonably priced 16:9 camcorder?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dave Poehlman, Nov 11, 2002.

  1. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    I would think with the impending flood of 16:9 TVs into the market, one would see more 16:9 camcorders available. The ones I've seen are in the thousands of dollars range. Are there any reasonably priced 16:9 personal camcorders out there?

    Also... I've read one can purchase an optical anamorphic lens for a regular 4:3 camera and shoot that way. The drawback being the image in the viewfinder is "squished" and those lenses aren't cheap either. (something like $500 or more)

    Anyone have any insight/experience with this?
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Nope

    About the cheapest you're going to pay for a true 16:9 camcorder is about $5000

    Anamorphic lenses for 4:3 camcorders run around $700

    Or you can use the the fake anamorphic mode on many 4:3 camcorders and lose about 25% resolution and your viewfinder will still be squished
     
  3. Dave Poehlman

    Dave Poehlman Producer

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    I can't believe there isn't a bigger push for these things to the average public. >sigh
     
  4. Brent Cantrell

    Brent Cantrell Stunt Coordinator

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    Wasn't the Canon XL-1 16:9 (or had that)? If so, you can still grab 'em for around 2,000, great, wonderful cameras btw...
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

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    No, the XL-1 is a 4:3 camcorder

    you're right though, it's a great camera, and they're not $2000, try about $3-3500. Maybe used ones are going for $2K of the original model, not the XL-1S
     
  6. gregstaten

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    The least expensive 16x9 native camera I've seen is the newSony DVCAM DSR-PDX10. It lists for $3100 but you should be able to find it for a little over $2000 if you look hard enough.
    -greg
     

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