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Hi everyone,
I recently finished the Platypus Workshop. Coming out of it I was convinced to move more and more of my work to video.
The instructors gave a few recommendations on HD cameras both miniDV-based (like the Canon XHA1) and (Canon HF10).
I’ve been keen to buy the Sony HVR-A1. But its getting “old” and only one chip. That’s a bad thing in low light.
On the other hand, I was looking at flash memory-based cameras (like the HF10) and they for the most part look impressive. And they’re only one chip.
I intend to use whatever camera I get mainly for editorial work.
So I’m curious what others are using. Is anyone using the big pieces of kit like the XHA1 or the smaller prosumer cams like the HF10?
I’d like something with an optical viewfinder, manual focus and, if not an XLR jack, an RCA mic jack. My price range is anything under US$3,000.

by Bill Putnam at 2008-08-26 12:11:08 UTC (ed. Aug 28 2008 ) Washington, D.C. , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→


by Bill Putnam | 27 Aug 2008 00:08 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→
Bill .. I’m on another project at the moment but will get back to you on some thoughts of mine and those in the Outdoor industry w/whom I work on the question of video cameras. So, hang in there, you’re ‘call for help’ hasn’t fallen on a ‘deaf community’. ". )

by J Leslie Booth | 27 Aug 2008 00:08 | West Lafayette, IN, United States | | Report spam→
J Leslie,
Thanks for getting back to me and your advice. Talk to you then.

by Bill Putnam | 27 Aug 2008 01:08 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→

by Bill Putnam | 28 Aug 2008 04:08 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→
Hey Bill, I recently went with a Sony HDR SR11, it uses the AVCHD codec, and it has a 60 gb built in hard drive —thi is why i chose it. i decided to ski the intermediary data storage i.e. flash cards, tapes it’s definately convenient but i’m not really qualified to tlka about quality issues etc as i’m just starting out myself and really have no idea what i’m doing ;))

by [former member] | 28 Aug 2008 07:08 | Moscow, Russia | | Report spam→
Hi Micheal, I looked at that model too. But internal hard drives are sketchy, to me. This might all be a moot point anyway with the D90.

by Bill Putnam | 28 Aug 2008 08:08 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→
You know, on second thought… the D90 looks like a great piece of kit. Unfortunately it isn’t the be all to end all, its just a first inevitable step toward hybrid cameras. The biggest drawback is the lack of a mic-jack. The sole mic is small mono mic located just below the on-camera flash. I’ve heard the engineers at Nikon have been “dinged” on that though.
So it looks like, for now, I’ll keep researching — and talking about here — dedicated HD cameras. The SR11 doesn’t look all that bad.

by Bill Putnam | 28 Aug 2008 09:08 | Washington, D.C., United States | | Report spam→
maybe u wanna wait till the canon 5d mark2, apperas in Dec 2008

by Raj | 23 Nov 2008 04:11 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→

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