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Help with picking a semi-pro camcorder

by john_n2000 / July 26, 2007 7:45 PM PDT

Hi i work for a press agency as a photographer but we're looking into getting camcorders for our reporters.

I'm pretty new to video but we're looking for something that

-can produce video quality good enough to air on TV
-can take decent resolution pictures
-compatible with mac os and windows
-quite small to be carried around in a bag

Not looking for the most expensive top of the range as the reporters will only get confused with it and possible lose it so a happy medium would be good. If anyone can tell me what important specs i should be looking at and any models they might have in mind then any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.

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budget?
by boya84 / July 26, 2007 11:17 PM PDT

read through the camcorder forum sticky. The same principles apply to pro-sumer camcorders.

Likely best bet will be miniDV tape based machines. Windows computers may need firewire ports added.

External mics need to be researched.

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Mini DV vs HArd Drives
by johnjuniet / July 27, 2007 4:18 AM PDT
In reply to: budget?

How would you describe the difference in quality of mini DV to that of the latest direct to hard drive format? In your opinion, which is better?

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