O.T. "Preferred Video Camera"

Skywatcher wrote on 8/12/2004, 9:57 AM
Sup Everybody.

I have read all the other topics in here regarding the "BEST VIDEO CAMERA" or "PREFERRED VIDEO CAMERA"...and I'm leaning twords Sony.

I hear the PD 150 is a workhorse with excellent imagetry. I also hear the VX2000 is good also.

Now, I don't want to hash up old arguments or split hairs on this...or divide the FORUM...I just want to make sure I am satisfied when I buy. How the camera looks is secondary to me, I believe a good product will justify a "plain looking camera".

I have $7,000 and would like to buy two (2) cameras if I can. All this leads up to my question: Is there a "GENERAL FORUM" on Video Cameras that wouldn't be biased to one particular brand, where I can read open opinions on various models and manufactures.

Holla at me guys...


P.S. My uses will be videography stuff: weddings, documentaries, music videos etc.


rs170a wrote on 8/12/2004, 10:31 AM
Take a look at the reviews on camcorderinfo's site. Looks like there's a number of reviews there for you to go through.

Skywatcher wrote on 8/12/2004, 10:35 AM

You're all over it today (or tonight, depending where you are). Thanks a million man...I mean a BILLION.

rs170a wrote on 8/12/2004, 10:51 AM
You're all over it today
Sititng at my computer doing wiring diagrams for student edit suites. Loads of fun - NOT!!

Thanks a million man...I mean a BILLION

You're welcome (SW Ontario, BTW).
Buy one (a camera) for me and we'll call it even :-O

Bill Ravens wrote on 8/12/2004, 11:10 AM
The new Canon XL2 has a 12 bit DSP. You may want to consider this camera

craftech wrote on 8/12/2004, 11:14 AM
I have a VX2000 as do many videographers. I have been extremely happy with it. There are many users groups to choose from for the camera and if you are using Vegas, many users can recommend settings for that camera that work well with it's features.
The VX2100 is it's replacement and from what I understand works equally as well.

Skywatcher wrote on 8/12/2004, 11:34 AM
The Canon XL2 is my second choice, but with all of the "options", I'd burn right through my $7,000. Great Camera though...
BrianStanding wrote on 8/12/2004, 12:21 PM
busterkeaton wrote on 8/12/2004, 4:25 PM
how about 2 XL1 or XL1s's. the price should go down once the XL2 hits the streets.

If not, how about the Panasonic AG-DVX100a.
Stonefield wrote on 8/12/2004, 7:06 PM
You may laugh...

...go ahead I'll wait.....

But as the hobbiest , I've gotten great results with my little Canon Elura ( first generation.)

Someday I'm sure I'll move up to the $2000+ cameras, but for right now it's all about what the image looks like. And I'm happy where I am. ( But still waiting for the 3CCD days).
Skywatcher wrote on 8/12/2004, 7:10 PM
Man, that was hilarious...and right on time.

I hear you though.

I have considered the XL1s as well...
swarrine wrote on 8/12/2004, 7:21 PM
Well, today it would be a PD-170 and/or a VX-2100 which are probably the "new and improved" models of cameras you use.

mhbstevens wrote on 8/12/2004, 10:16 PM
I was drawn to the PD170 but have concerns with the no true 16:9. Just how much of negative is this for me as I always shoot 16:9
MUTTLEY wrote on 8/13/2004, 12:53 AM
I have an XL1 and XL1s thatll fit into your budget !!!

Selling to get an XL2 in Sept. God I cant wait.

- Ray

tailgait wrote on 8/13/2004, 9:05 AM
I just shot a 10-minute "movie" on a PD 170 at 16:9 and it all went flawlessly. I love the 170. It has become my preferred camera, specifically for its great picture, even under low-light conditions, and it's 16:9 ability. Bring the 16:9 into capture, put it on the timeline and set the project to 16:9 and its all there in living color, as theyused to say. it's a great camera.
mhbstevens wrote on 8/13/2004, 11:13 PM
How does Sony get such picture quality with 16:9 when so many pixels are discarded?