Rabu, 23 April 2014

Best 3 CCD Camcorder under 1500?

Q.

A. I got a used GL2 on ebay for $1500. Perfect condition, with charger, UV filter, remote, etc. Go for that, or a pv-gs400, around $700 on ebay used. It all depends on what you want. If you go for a GL2, you will get better quality (in general), but you will have less money for mics, filters, etc. If you get a gs400, you will have less quality (in general as well), but more money for mics, filters, etc.

Plusses of the GL2:
Better low light than gs400, manual audio controls, good built in mic, advanced accessory shoe for attaching mics without wires, 20x provides 35mm (literally, not exaggerating) DOF when used with aperture wide open, larger cam helps reduce shake along with optical stabilizer, top loading

Plusses of the gs400:
cheap, native 16:9 chips as opposed to the GL2's 4:3 chips which use stretch to create a widescreen effect, smaller and more discrete, optical stabilizer, focus/zoom/iris/shutter RING as opposed to GL2's focus ring and exposure dial, 4MP stills if you plan on using your camera for stills occasionally, hot shoe but has limitations compared to the AAS on GL2, mic inputs and headphone outputs (considering its called a consumer cam, but a prosumer for its features), top loading

Cons of the GL2:
big and heavy, expensive compared to the gs400, no true 16:9 recording, jog dial takes some time to master compared to a ring, lens cap sometimes leaves marks (not scratches) on my filter although I think its okay if I take the filter off and put the cap on the lens itself

Cons of the gs400:
not great in low light, smaller 12x zoom (sort of a con, but its not really that big of a deal if you dont need the full 12x range, or shallow DOF), small size makes it more suspectible to shake, no audio controls

So theres that. Those were all the plusses and cons I could think of right now. If theres more I'll add them later. There are other choices besides the gs400 or GL2, but in that price range, they probably offer the best manual functions and quality. Hope this helps!


Best Professional Camcorder under £1500?
Q. OK so I am looking for an semi-pro/ professional camcorder for under £1500...

I am quite interested in the Sony HXR-MC50E... But is this value for money? Is there better things on the market?

I'm sure I don't need to go into the technical specs... basically I need a camera for semi-pro movie making, not home videos! Flash card preferable; Shotgun mic preferable; etc.

Thanks for your time!

A. before i opened your question up i was going to mention
the MC50E.
but why?

well i do work for a charity. Interview work and we used a canon MV700i
and it was very poor indoors in low light even with our additional £400 lights.

well they got a grant and i started looking, knowing full well the camcorder is
only part of it.
I made sure i looked at all the good makes and i looked hard.
The trouble is all you have to go on is whats written on paper, or some
review where someone spent five minutes on the beach in the glorious sun
and filmed 5 minutes of stuff.

well here are some things i think i know

1 sony stuff works with sony software so be a bit careful and make sure
...whatever you edit with is sony compatible
2 mics dont always work well with sony stuff. so make sure its compatible
3 on paper this camera is so good you neednt bother looking at anything else
4 this product was so far behind its launch date i believe it never really arrived
....in the UK. there must have been a reason as most seem to be coming from france.
5 i think the reason is, its exactly the same camera as the CX550V/CX560V which is considerably
...less, but it just doesnt look so pro.

anyway the charity had a slightly larger grant and we got a canon xh-a1s for £2200
which was a good buy(again from france).

if it was me i would by the CX550V/CX560V and spend the rest on good utilities
and good pre-amp for connection of better mics





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JVC Camcorder?

Q. I would appreciate any information or reviews on the JVC GZ-MG 130 Hard Drive Camcorder. Thankyou

A. http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camcorders/jvc-everio-gz-mg130/4505-6500_7-32332151.html?tag=prod.txt.1

http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?search=JVC+GZ%2DMG+130&i=257GZMG130


I have a few questions about getting a camcorder.?
Q. Basically I want to be able to video tape events (son's school plays, church stuff, etc..) and easily convert it to DVD to be viewed on a TV.

If I get a digital video camera, how easy is it to convert my footage from the camera to a DVD? I have a DVD player that can record onto DVD's.

Do digital video cameras also take still pictures?

What is the typical amount of time I can record for before I run out of space?

Would i be better off with a DVD camcorder?

A. easily convert it to DVD to be viewed on a TV.
RESPONSE: "Easily" is relative. I think it is easy to capture video, transfer to a computer, edit, add transitions, special effects and credits - but you may not think so. Once you have done it a couple of times, it is easy.

If I get a digital video camera, how easy is it to convert my footage from the camera to a DVD? I have a DVD player that can record onto DVD's.
RESPONSE: It depends on the DVD recorder you have - but read through its manual. Typically, the DVD recorder will have a Firewire/DV/IEEE1394/i.Link (all the same thing) port that connects to the DV port of a miniDV tape based camcorder. Also, any camcorder has analog AV-out to connect to the DVD recorder. So yes, this can be easy to do, but generally, that means you will not be editing at all.

Do digital video cameras also take still pictures?
RESPONSE: Many do - but they typically do not provide high resolution stills like a still camera does. If you think this is the way to proceed, be sure the camcorder you get uses a memory stick or memory card for storing stills. When you decide on a camcorder - DO NOT buy it. Go to the manufacturer's web site, get to the Support area and down load the manual. Read through the manual to see what the camcorder's capabilities are. Video cameras do video well - and stills not so well and sometimes do not do stills at all. Still cameras do stills well, and video not so well and sometimes do not do video at all.

What is the typical amount of time I can record for before I run out of space?
RESPONSE: It is recommended to stay in high quality mode - otherwise, read the camcorder's manual as there are generally tables in there that list recording time. DO NOT BUY A DVD based camcorder unless you do not want to edit - ever. If you want to edit on your computer or share with family/friends or upload, DVD based camcorders typically provide the most challenges.
DVD based: 20 minutes; carry extra blank miniDVDs.
Hard drive based: Depends on the size of the internal hard drive.
Flash memory based: depends on the memory cards/memory sticks used. Carry extras.
MiniDV tape based: 60 or 80 minutes per tape; carry extra tapes. They are cheap. MiniDV tape provides best available video quality of all the available video storage methods.

Would i be better off with a DVD camcorder?
RESPONSE: PLEASE do not buy a DVD based camcorder
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7594_102-0.html?forumID=59&threadID=241296&messageID=2657441#2657441





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