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Best Camcorder for Web Videos

I would like to shoot and edit videos for the web. I bought a Panasonic GS500. I am deciding if I should keep it or upgrade.

I saw a good deal on a refurb. Canon GL2 (still double the price though).

Will the GS500 give me professional looking video for the web or do I need to upgrade? What do you think? If neither of these cameras are ideal, can you recommend one?

Thank you!!!!!!

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It depends what you plan for that web video

In reply to: Best Camcorder for Web Videos

If you are planning to shoot video to upload to youtube or myspace or any other similar site, the uploaded video will be downsampled. No matter what, the quality will - um - suffer.

If you are planning to shoot video to upload to a site and provide .AVI or .MOV or some other file format, the compression decesion is up to you - and what you select will dictate how much compression - hence loss and potential image quality degradation - get applied.

Your tradeoff will be (simplistically):
LARGE file size = high image quality
Small file size = compressed and lessor image quality...
varying sizes and image quality in between.

In my opinion, both cameras will provide fine quality for what you are intending to do - but more important will be your camera skills (and audio and editing and lighting, etc...

Honestly, someone who knows how to use their gear can use a $200 camcorder and post awesome content... and someone who does not know what they are doing can spend $50,000 on a camera and post garbage.

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In reply to: It depends what you plan for that web video

I am planning on posting it on web sites where I have control over format, quality and file size.

Since I first posted, I did find the Canon GL2 for a little less than what I paid for the GS500, so the GS500 is going back.

I wanted a camcorder with more features and flexibility so I can grow into it.

Thanks for your post!

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