1. Post #1
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    CrispexOps's Avatar
    February 2010
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    Though this is more relating to video work, I figure Photography would be the best place to post this.

    Anyway, I've been using a Samsung MiniDV camera for the last 4 years to shoot movies, and it's outdated. It doesn't shoot HD, doesn't shoot in 16:9, and its quality is pure shit.

    I work on independent movies with friends, and I've been looking to replace this camera for a while. Being as I just hit a deer with my car, my budget has been decreased significantly, but I've got a project coming up for a local fire hall, and I need something of better quality.

    I've got $300 to work with, I'll throw in $25 as an extra "padding" for tax.

    I'm looking for a video camera that:

    -Shoots at LEAST 720p.

    -Preferably with an external mic jack.

    -Must NOT use any kind of tape media.

    -Must NOT be portable form factor (FlipHD-style.)

    Basically the best quality camera for $300-$325. I figure I'd ask here because I don't have much time to ever look around on my own, and I want to hear from people who may have actually used them before.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

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    Eric95's Avatar
    January 2009
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    Why would you want a camera with a harddrive? Those suck. SD cards, man
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  3. Post #3
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    CrispexOps's Avatar
    February 2010
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    I heard the opposite. I know I do NOT want another tape camera, that shit is in the past. See, I've got very little experience with "modern" cameras. What would you suggest?

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  6. Post #6
    Sirrus's Avatar
    January 2009
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    Blah, the best video camera you're going to buy is actually going to be a DSLR like a Canon T2i. They're shit for stuff like home movies or anything that isn't like, something where you have a lot of time to set up shots and stuff. But really, if you're going for the independent filmmaker thing, the best thing you could get for that is a T2i.

    edit:

    ...which will run you at least $600, used :\ If you're serious about this though, it's DEFINITELY worth ponying up for.