First of all I want to say yo to everybody. This is my first post here, I like shooting video quite a bit and I need to get some better equipment. I also want to learn some more about shooting and editing. I've been using the video mode on my Sony DSC P-200 which really isn't half bad for a camera. But needless to say I can't really shoot any kind of serious movies with it, besides 6:21 fills up a 512 stick. So here's my first question:
I know you guys probably get 10 'What's the best camcorder for xxxx' threads a day but I'm gonna make one anyhow.
I'm gonna start filming alot of the local bands that play around town and I need a camcorder that will shoot decent to good video in those low-light, high-action settings. I've been researching on C-net and other sites and I don't really know what to look for to be honest. The one that kept standing out to me though is the Panasonic PV-GS300. It's on the lowish end of my price range which is very good, I'm looking to spend no more than $600 btw. I like that it has 3ccd sensors. I like that it has a shoe for attachments. I like that Cnet says it has awesome low-light performance, as that's the main thing I'll be using it for. I don't, however, like how most of the controls are menu based. The reviews say that there are virtually no dedicated controls besides zoom, record and the like. I don't know how important those controls would be to me, but I want to get serious at some point so... I love to shoot video and I would like to start making semi-serious efforts at making quality video at some point, so I need a camera that will last me for awhile.
Any suggestions will be much appreciated. I'm not really attached to the GS300, it's just the best one(I think) that I've come across so far.