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New Camera- Price Range ($2000-$3000)

I've been looking at cameras since about september but i didn't have the money at the time. Yesterday I was informed that I won $2000 dollars in a movie contest that I entered. So I'm gonna use that and some from my bank account. I've been looking at the Sony HDR-FX1, but it doesn't have XLR output. I want a HDV 3ccd camera. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other camera that was as good or better than the Sony HDR-FX1.

Thanks

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Just wondering

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Is the Sony HDR-FX1 better than the FX7. Which one do you think would be the best to invest in.

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Honestly, both cameras look great.

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There isn't a lot of difference (the biggest I see is one uses 3-1/3 inch CCD imaging chips and the other uses 3-1/4 inch CMOS imaging chips).

http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Sony-HDR-FX7-Camcorder-Review.htm
does an interesting comparison and review.

I truly do not believe you could go wrong with either... plus they throw in the Canon to the mix...

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I was ready that page and someone said that the sony Hc3 was just as good if you didnt want all the manual controls. does anyone own one or agree that the picture is just as good the only difference is the controls.

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1080i HDV is the same format, yes... but

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the controls are what make the image better - when you learn to use them correctly. Plus, the FX1 and FX7 do a lot better in low light. If you are concerned about size, I would suggest you look at the HVR-A1U (<http://bssc.sel.sony.com/BroadcastandBusiness/DisplayModel?id=80897> the "professional" version of the HDR-HC1 I use). The HC3 does not have a Mic-in jack (unless you count the proprietary hot shoe that allows only Sony "Active accessory shoe" compatible mics - and while the A1U looks a bit odd with that XLR adapter, I could not recommend the HC1 as it is discontinued... unless there is a distributor that stocked up on them before they were discontinued.) If you can wait - and are needing the smaller footprint (than the FX1 or FX7), the new HDR-HC7 will be out shortly...

If making movies is what you are going to do, I would suggest staying away from the HC3.

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What do u do with your camera

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Would you suggest the Sony HDR-FX7 or the camera you own? considering price and quality.

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I've been doing different things with it...

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1) you can see the easy, fun stuff at http://www.myspace.com/smallbull or http://www.youtube.com/smallbullproductions I only recently started the sites - and there are bands I have shot who have not allowed me to post them as there are additional edits going on - or they did not like their performances.

2) I've shot some "making of" videos of some short subjects that are in post production and the director/producer will be doing the edits and tagging the final "behind the scenes" stuff at the end of the short subject. (I'll be in a studio today taping the audio engineer doing the audio on a short I did the BTS last summer.)

3) A friend is an audio engineer and also teaches - she's had me DP on scripts written by her students - she does the video edit and each student has to "sound design" the footage.

4) Then there's the personal stuff - and most of that does not get posted...

My day gig that funds all this keeps me from diving in deeper... but I am at a level where I continue to learn and I am meeting lots of cool people and get to some cool places I would normally not visit (some pretty grungy places too, but it's all good)...

I like my camera because it is small. After using it and learning a lot of ins and outs, if I could, today, I would get the FX7 (or FX1 - or HVR-V1)... Ideally, I'd have two cameras... Multiple camera shots, especially with the band videos, is something I would really like to do... But I am glad I got the HC1 and am happy with what I have. (I'm getting an Audio Techinica AT-825 today - woohoo! to augment my NRG SA-568 and Shure wireless lav through a BeachTek DXA-6...)

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