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    Default Which camera? Quality is paramount.

    Hello.

    I am looking for a camera.

    Quality is the most important issue here.

    I saw some great reviews for the Canon XL2, but none of them was written after 2005, so I was wondering is this still the best choice, or are there better models now?

    Which camera would you recommend ?

    Many thanks.

    Shay.

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    If you are in the market for a decent camera the first qusetion you need to ask yourself is 'do I want HDV' ?

    For my dollar I wouldnt touch hdv for less than 2000, sony fx1 or more. Cameras below that price point may claim to be hdv but in reality they are liekly to perform the same as a DV camera at the same price point.

    HDV is also horrible to edit compared to DV.

    I think the sensible money at the moment is snapping up SD DV bargains. XL2, PD170, XM2, DX100 - all great cameras that can be got for a song.

    Also considor professional full size DV cameras. Last year I snapped up a JVC DV5001e with a lens for a very sensible 1600 - one year old, 110 hours, 7000 new. This will outperform any of the above. Sony dsr250 / 300 also go for a song on e bay.

    I have only compared the performance of this cam to one hdv cam and that was a 700 consumer model and suffice to say it rinsed it to rinseland.

    My friend haa a 4500 sony ex1 hdv camera - I am planning a comparative review - that should be intersting....
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    Dear Mark. Thank you very much for your reply.

    Is there any reason for me to go HDV? The videos final destination is the web, and the preview will be shown to clients on DVD, and most people here still don't have HDV TVs.

    I guess HDV is going overboard, but I don't really know too much about this.

    Thanks.

    Shay.

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    Did a small research, and I am convinced that HDV will give better results, so thinking of Sony Z1 or Sony Z7.
    Any comments?
    Thanks.
    Shay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shayleon View Post
    Did a small research, and I am convinced that HDV will give better results, so thinking of Sony Z1 or Sony Z7.
    Any comments?
    One is twice the price of the other. Both are professional cameras used, in varying extents, in broadcast applications.

    Your delivery platform is the web? I suggest more research.

    Look for reviews - you wont find them here. Try here for starters:

    Camcorders - Independent Camcorder Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons

    I know nothing about the venture you have planned, but given your level of knowledge, I would recommend you seek independent, professional business advice before investing too much in camera hardware.




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    many thanks for your reply. While previews might be on DVD, the final destination is indeed the web. real time streaming.
    All the best.
    Shay.

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