This might be a strange question but here it goes. I have been shooting an F100 and am waiting to get into a D200. What I am also doing with my wife is shooting video. She does all the video work. She uuses a digital tape. I down load into the computer and with windows movies maker I have made some incredible movies. Now, I want to give her the ability to really shoot some high qualty video. What she has is pretty good but I'm sure it can be better. Can any one reconmend something out there in the 500 to 700 dollar range or should I be looking to spemd more. Also, we are shooting martial arts and this might be used for business. I have already had many serious conversations about what else I could do with the video aspect of my work. I have acually been very surprised by the interest.
#1. "RE: Video Camera" | In response to Reply # 0ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Sat 11-Mar-06 12:02 AM
I'm no video expert but I do follow some of the products from time-to-time. I'd say you should be looking at something like a Canon GL-2, which is at a similar level to the D200 (but no interchangeable lenses). If you are serious, I'd say an XL-2, but they are double ($4000) the cost of a GL-2. A relative of mine used to use an XL-1 for professional work.
A good used GL-1 might be a more affordable option, but you'll be missing the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. Then again, lenses for video can have stratospheric prices. GL-1s are only $1000 or so on *bay.
Of course if it were me, I'd probably go for a used Panasonic AJ-D200 (yes, D200 ). They are fully professional and under $2000 used, but they are huge cameras.
Nikon user since 2000
#2. "RE: Video Camera" | In response to Reply # 0Pursuit Nikonian since 04th Jan 2003Sun 12-Mar-06 12:15 AM
I have used several of the Canon "Optura" series cameras and found them to be quite nice. They run from $450 up to more than $1000.
This level of Mini-DV camcorders are really quite remarkable in their image quality and build quality. One thing I have found that makes a huge difference in final movie quality is proper WB setting. Automatic white balance is rarely adequate at any price range (even broadcast quality cameras). I have a Sony DCR-VX2000 (prosumer level) and the first thing I do before every shot is set white balance. If the camera controls make this simple then it is not a big headache. If you have to navigate through levels of menus to do so, then you will probably try to skimp (and the movie will suffer).
edited to add: I forgot about sound. Good sound is quite difficult to achieve. Depending upon what your movies will be used for this may or may not be a factor for you. The Canon XL-1/GL-1 and Sony DCR-VX2100/PD-50 level cameras start to achieve good sound (and provide the external hookups to use superior microphones and pre-amps), but don't expect broadcast quality sound to be achieved with your camera.
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#4. "RE: Video Camera" | In response to Reply # 3JBish130 Basic MemberMon 13-Mar-06 02:54 AM
I've just started playing with movies. I'm using an old camcorder and dumping it into the computer via a capture card. The video will suffer a bit due to the tape, but doesn't seem too bad for me yet.
You could check B&H, they have a lot of video stuff.
BTW: I use the free Microsoft Movie Maker. This is great software!
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