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    Default 2,600 to spend on camcorder

    Hi everyone

    This is my first post just registered today so hello all. I have 2,600 to spend on a camcorder, tripod, bag for camcorder, spare battery and some tapes (if buying mini-dv). Can members please recommend a good camcorder with excellent recording facilities and easy of use to download footage onto a HD or PC. I don't mind going over my budget to get the bag, battery and other bits. I'd prefer to spend almost all my initial budget on a good camcorder and tripod.

    When I will be recording it will be for 4hr sessions non-stop - I need to be able to download the recording easily onto a pc so I can re-use the tapes (if i go down the mini-dv route).


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    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Bracknell, Berkshire, UK


    I've always been happy with my setup and it would fit pretty happily into your budget (if you can still find one)

    Sony HDR-FX1E (miniDV tapes shooting HDV footage) about 2K
    Manfrotto 503 head with 525 legs. about 400
    Peli case 150 ish from memory.
    Tapes - about a 1 each.

    Mics can add a bundle though.

    What you haven't listed though is a budget for s/w.

    My camer will not goive you 4 hours conituout recording to tape obviously as theyt are one hour tapes. But, not aplicable tome, but a mate with teh same setup captures HDV live using Adobe On Location anduses whatever is on the tape purely as a backup.

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    Digtec, I'm in the same position, well, I could spend more but don't feel inclined to do.
    Over the past two or three weeks I've done quite a lot of research on camcorders, and think I have narrowed my options down to a Sony VX2100E, at about 1800, or a Z1E or V1E, for about 1500 more.

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