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I am currently looking to buy a Sony HVR HD1000. The specs look pretty good to me, and one thing that it has: it looks professional even though the price isn't around 5000 dollars.
I got a couple of questions about this model. Would it be usuable to shoot indoors during events, with little lightning and mainly colored lights? If not, would a camera lamp be any help?
Also, are there any alternatives which also have the professional look, which are around the same price range, but perhaps with better specs?