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Best HD Cam for Film Student?

by BBallJones / April 21, 2009 12:47 PM PDT

Can anyone give me a good list of HD cams for a film student?

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Budget?
by boya84 / April 21, 2009 1:37 PM PDT

Consumer (1/8" mic jack and manual audio control):
standard and high definition: Canon HV30; Sony HDR-HC9.

Prosumer (add easy to access manual audio controls on the outside of the camcorder):
standard definition: Canon GL2; Sony DCR-VX2100
standard and high definition: Sony HDR-FX1000

Pro (add XLR audio in and additional firmware):
standard definition: Canon XL2; Panasonic DVX100B
Canon XHA1; Sony HVR-Z1U, Z5U; Panasonic HVX200

All are miniDV tape based (except the Panasonic HVX200 - P2 cards). You computer needs a firewire port.

Additional shopping list items:
Fluid head tripod (Bogen-Manfrotto, Libec)
Shotgun mic (Sennheiser, Audio Technica)
High capacity rechargeable battery (from the camcorder manufacturer)
sturdy case (Pelican or SKB)
If you go with a camcorder with 1/8" jacks, you will probably want a XLR adapter. Check juicedLink and BeachTek.
External hard drive (minimum 500 gig) just for the video project files.

And BEFORE you buy anything, check with the school.

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Budget
by BBallJones / April 22, 2009 8:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Budget?

My budget is up to 900 dollars.

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Canon HV30...
by boya84 / April 22, 2009 12:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Budget

Like I said, check with the school.

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