I wouldn't normally ask that question, but I am not really familiar with the ~1000$ price range.
Basically what I need is a camera within that price range with manual focus and some manual adjustments.
Any advice would be great! Thanks in advance!
03-14-2008, 12:48 PM
There are three things that are VERY important when getting a camera:
Manual controls for the iris, shutter, focus and white balance.
A microphone input.
In the $1,000 - $1,500 range:
The JVC GZ-MG505 is in the $800 range. It has a mic input and records
to a 30GB HHD.
I like the new JVC GZ-HD7. I’ve seen these on line for as little as $1,200.
A really nice Fujinon lens makes a huge difference and full manual controls
is important. Three 1/5’ 16:9 progressive scan CCD’s are pretty impressive
for a camera in this price range. It records directly to a built in 60GB hard
drive. It has manual controls, a mic input and an excellent focus ring which
is surprisingly rare on small cameras.
Both the JVC HD5 and HD6 (available in March) have a mic input and both
record to HDD - the HD6 can record 1080/60p through HDMI - pretty impressive.
The Panasonic PV-GS400 is terrific 3CCD cameras. Unfortunately, it’s hard
to find and that’s too bad. It’s a great little camera. The 500 doesn’t have
a mic input - what are they thinking?
Sony DCR-HC1000 is very similar to the Panasonic cameras. If you’re more
comfortable with Sony, this is the camera for you.
Close is the Canon HV20. It records in HDV (1080i) and 24p (60i), has a
mic input and manual controls of white balance and focus but it uses one
1/2.7” CMOS sensor rather than 3 CCD’s. For me the jury is still out on
the CMOS. And it’s so small the handling is difficult.
The HV30 adds a 30f (Canon’s “frame mode”) in addition to 24p.
The Sony HDR-SR12 has a mic input and a good sized 120GB HDD. It uses
a 1/3” CMOS chip and like the Canon is really small. Because of the input
placement, the mic cable kept getting in my way.
03-14-2008, 11:03 PM
My Sony HC-7 works well for me, I've had it since last year and it has always had far better quality than the Canon I used to own (probably cuz its way out dated) The Canon HV30 looks very promising though and was rated best.