View Full Version : Upgrading to an HD camera. Suggestions?


Michael Rogers
02-26-2011, 03:45 PM
Hi everyone, I recently decided to sell my Sony VX2000 and upgrade to a full HD camera...

I would like suggestions on a good HD camera to go with. I want good quality image, as well as the media to be compatible with the Final Cut Pro editing software.

I guess my price range would be $1,000 - $4,500 (and if possible, I'd like to keep it around the lower side of that spectrum :P thanks!)

dvdguy
02-26-2011, 04:04 PM
Canon t2i
Canon t3i
Canon 5d Mark II (this is the pricey one)

just a couple of em.. :)

Michael Rogers
02-26-2011, 04:07 PM
I don't wanna go with an SLR though :P

dvdguy
02-26-2011, 04:08 PM
I don't wanna go with an SLR though :P

Hmm, good luck then :)

Michael Rogers
02-26-2011, 04:08 PM
Thanks,

I was thinking maybe a Panasonic HVX-200
or a Sony HD
or a Canon HD

I'm looking for low costing professional cameras, if that makes sense haha

Dreadylocks
02-26-2011, 04:30 PM
I love my Canon HF200. Gets some really great footage, especially outdoors in natural light or indoors with proper lighting design.

But with your price range I'd bet you could get something even better. Someone'll come along and give you some suggestions, I'm sure.

dvdguy
02-26-2011, 04:44 PM
Dreadylock, what kind of indoor lighting kit you have? ( I apologize if this isnt suitable under this category)

zim9000
02-26-2011, 06:02 PM
I recall someone posting this. Its a Sony handycam with interchangeable lens. I believe they called it the rosettastone of camcorders :). "Fusing Full HD video recording and high-quality audio capture, the NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder, with supplied 18-200mm lens, turns your video into a masterpiece.

Starting at $1,999.99"

Here is the link: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=8198552921644735999&#/handycamCamcorderSection

Scoopicman
02-26-2011, 07:08 PM
Thanks,

I was thinking maybe a Panasonic HVX-200
or a Sony HD
or a Canon HD

I'm looking for low costing professional cameras, if that makes sense haha

Have you seen the HD stuff being shot with Canon DSLRs, including an episode HOUSE? I have the Panasonic HVX200, yet I wish I had the Canon 5D or 7D. I really like what guys like Chris Stone are getting out of lowly Canon T2i cameras. Check out his James Bond music video on this thread:


http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=27537

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU5M8hC_TvE



Heck, check out any of Chris' videos on his site!

http://www.chrisstonefilms.com/work.html


Pretty great quality for a camera that costs $770 (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T2i-Digital-3-0-Inch-18-55mm/dp/B0035FZJHQ) and includes the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. Of course, you should consider a Zoom H4n (or Tascam DR-100) recorder for sound. That puts you at the far low end of your budget.

sonnyboo
02-26-2011, 07:11 PM
I'm looking for low costing professional cameras, if that makes sense haha

The Canon T2i, 7D, and 5D ARE professional HD cameras...

The Panasonic AF100 is probably going to be the camera du jour pretty soon though.

Michael Rogers
02-26-2011, 10:11 PM
I know that the T2i, 7D, and 5D provide great HD footage.

I just want an actual video camera instead of an SLR :P I'm a picky guy kind of haha

Gonzo_Entertainment
02-28-2011, 09:26 AM
HVX200a is a great camera. I filmed my first two movies on one. Throw in a 35mm adapter (nice one like Redrock), and some nikon prime lenses and you are probably in your price range. HVX goes used in the $3000 range these days, with some accessories like a P2 card or two. AF-100 is a nice camera as well, just not a fan of the ridiculous crop on the 4/3 sensor.

voodoogmr
02-28-2011, 01:26 PM
I can highly recommend the Sony HVR-Z5U. You should be able to get it for under $4K. Excellent glass, low-noise 1/3" CMOS sensors, and excellent battery life. Plus, it works great with FCP. I've shot my last 2 shorts on one, and edited both in FCP6.

partho
03-01-2011, 08:43 AM
AF100 -101 is the thing to buy... I already have a GH1 but this is something really super.
check out the demo http://vimeo.com/15035188

scottfs
03-08-2011, 11:16 PM
The Panasonic AF100 is out of the price range. It's $4750, without a lens. I'd love to have one, but I do need to eat at least once in a while.

Like to OP, I don't like the DSLR, as I shoot interviews, and I'm not going to stop when the chip overheats. I can run for an hour on miniDV.

Jamster
03-09-2011, 05:46 AM
Wow! The AF100 (101) looks the absolute dogs nuts!

A bit pricey to buy... hopefully not to bad to īrentī

partho
03-09-2011, 11:10 AM
The Panasonic AF100 is out of the price range. It's $4750, without a lens. I'd love to have one, but I do need to eat at least once in a while.

Like to OP, I don't like the DSLR, as I shoot interviews, and I'm not going to stop when the chip overheats. I can run for an hour on miniDV.

Well, The chip does not overheat, I have shot in India at ambient temp of 38 C did not ever run more than 5 or 6 mins on any shot but intermittent off and ons. Never had a problem

Then you are the new gen... I am old gen 16mm - 9mins change mag - no playback - imagine the shot :D

Great films and docs where made then to... You can always rent an AF100/101 :)

Michael Rogers
03-11-2011, 09:18 PM
I have decided to shoot for getting the AF100 :)


any suggestions on ways to get the money for it relatively quick?

that1guyy
03-11-2011, 11:23 PM
any suggestions on ways to get the money for it relatively quick?

I hate being a dick, but a job might help.

Michael Rogers
03-11-2011, 11:53 PM
I hate being a dick, but a job might help.

Haha, oh don't worry. I know that this is the first step. I'm workin on that now. :P I'm gonna start donating plasma and I'm selling my old camera as well. any onther suggestions?

partho
03-14-2011, 08:19 PM
Crowdfunding ;)

Michael Rogers
03-15-2011, 01:28 AM
I can crowdfund for myself to get a camera?

partho
03-15-2011, 05:30 AM
why not? I am crowdfunding my film and am at $6800

NickClapper
03-15-2011, 06:07 AM
I would never recommend crowdfunding as a way of raising money to buy a camera. To my eyes that would constitute an abuse of the system, not legally obviously. People get cameras by saving up, getting a job or by collaborating with people who already have the gear. Why is it fair to ask other people to chip in to pay for you to get a camera? By all means send people you know notes saying that you're raising money for a camera, but I don't think you should go down the crowdfunding route at this point; that's simply not what it was designed for.

mad_hatter
03-15-2011, 06:31 AM
I would never recommend crowdfunding as a way of raising money to buy a camera. To my eyes that would constitute an abuse of the system, not legally obviously. People get cameras by saving up, getting a job or by collaborating with people who already have the gear. Why is it fair to ask other people to chip in to pay for you to get a camera? By all means send people you know notes saying that you're raising money for a camera, but I don't think you should go down the crowdfunding route at this point; that's simply not what it was designed for.

Agreed. I wouldn't even consider funding somebody to buy a camera, as I know full well you could rent a lot cheaper, therefore saving money, therefore meaning more money would be spent on the production. Sure, if you buy a camera, you'll be able to use it on numerous projects, saving you a fortune on renting, but I would gain nothing from buying you a camera. Crowdfunding (from what I can gather) should be used to raise money for a film, not for a production company.

partho
03-15-2011, 06:37 AM
Agreed !

LessThanThreeLeo
03-15-2011, 07:05 AM
I don't wanna go with an SLR though :P

Anything other than a DSLR is a waste of money. (Except RED I guess)

chilipie
03-15-2011, 07:23 AM
Anything other than a DSLR is a waste of money. (Except RED I guess)

Not at all! It just so happens that for a huge number of projects on IndieTalk DSLRs are the best choice - lots of low-budget drama and music videos - but as much as I love shooting with them and how they've opened up filmmaking to loads more people, they're still very flawed in many respects and far from being the best choice for every project.