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Thread: Need help deciding which HD camcorder.

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    Question Need help deciding which HD camcorder.

    First of all, hi to everyone on the board.

    I'm sorry that I had to create another thread like this. I appreciate Mark W created this thread for us.

    For the last couple of weeks I have been researching, and found out that HDV miniDV cameras are very reliable for editing.

    What I'm looking for is

    • HD (Good enough for amateur VFX/CG)
    • reliable for editing, mini DV tape compatible? (what is the difference between mini DV & HD DV?)
    • Budget ~ US$1800

    So far I found
    HDRHC9E MiniDV HD Handycam Camcorder
    Canon Vixia HV30
    Any others???

    I'm just not sure which camera is the best for me. I personally want to use the camera for a long run for both home videos and my hobby which is producing CG VFX(visual effects). Some might say that I should go for an expensive camera but cannot afford :/

    Thanks for taking time to help me.
    Last edited by daisukem; 07-13-2008 at 08:48 PM.

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    daisukem, I just tried to compare chosen HD camcorders by reviews.
    Ok. Here are the results:

    Sony HDR-HC9E
    Score: 8.8 out of 10 based on reviews from 20 sources in 12 countries.

    Canon VIXIA HV30
    Score: 9.7 out of 10 based on reviews from 76 sources in 19 countries.

    So as you can see yourself much more better score has the second camcorder.
    As for me - I'm totally agree with the crowd, anyway it's up to you

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    Thanks Gamla! Anyone got other opinions?


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