I want to buy a new camcorder but not sure what to get and where to get it!
I don?t really want to spend more than ?700!
Footage is to be used on website and for DVD?s
Do I get HD (high def) or 3ccd?
I?m going to need to get a doubler! Is that a problem?
These are the ones I?ve been looking at:
Sony HDR HC5E
Sony HDR HC3
Panasonic GS500 or GS300
What do you think?
Anyone got some useful info before I buy the wrong one?!
Also where to get the best deal would be good!
It records HD video to 3 CCDs onto SD cards. SD cards means no moving parts to jam or get jiggled when things get busy. You can now buy SD cards in 8GB sizes for about ?40. In the UK the camera is ?699 but I bought one on US amazon and got my aunt to bring it over when she visited. ?420!!
I bought mine to record my new baby son but as it has a 12x optical zoom it might be good for recording people on the water too. (;
The footage is awesome but editing it on a PC is a chore as there isn't really too much software - yet - and you need a fast machine.
Canon have amazing autofocus, great lenses but are fragile
Sony HDRs are really good all rounders and hold their value.
Always buy HDV now, SD is dead and even if you acquire HDV most camcorders will output SD for monitoring on normal TVs.
Then its down to editing platforms, HDV takes up no more space than SD DV but its best to get out of HDV format for editing and thats a disc hungry game. I'd suggest u use Final Cut Express on a mac with a big firewire 800 drive attached.
Don't forget u need a fluid head tripod, everyone gets that wrong!
Cheapest place to buy, tottenham court road in london. A bit of bartering can knock off as much as a grand!
I know everyone is really interested in which camera i decided to go for!!
I went for the Sony Hc7 hdv!
?680.. bit expensive but about 5 people in the know said to go for it so i bit the bullet!!
...you can all sleep easy now!!! ha ha