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    Hi all, I am rather new to the world of camcorders (sound engineer by profession) and I am after a decent quality but inexpensive camcorder so I can shoot some frames and have a decent shotgun microphone attached.

    I am not too concerned about the media storage format, be it DV tape, flash memory, DVD-R or hard disk based.

    However, I would ideally like a 3CCD camera and ideally a Firewire (i Link connection) although realistically as long as I can get the video and audio from the camera to a computer I will be happy. (USB2.0 is prob is fine for my purposes)

    I am convinced there will be people who will be able to point me in the right direction on this very forum.

    Many thanks for your time.

    cheers

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    Sadly - well tragically - the last few years has seen the mic in function getting rarer. The more you pay the more likely it is.

    Watch out for the plug being in a daft place and beware the fixed auto level thing too.

    ( that gives me an idea - goes to start a sticky.)

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    Thanks for swift reply Mark, unless someone has some ideas I guess
    I have some googling to do.

    Is there a decent website to start with for reviews and such?
    Last edited by SafeandSound; 02-28-2009 at 07:04 PM.

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    Hmm - cant rec any - I would assume it's all lies apart from the salient info.

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    "I would ideally like a 3CCD camera and ideally a Firewire (i Link connection)", that means you are looking for a mini dv camcorder (tape) and it will give you the best quality over all the other formats you listed in your original post. You didn't mention a budget so it is difficult to recommend a particular model. You say you want to shoot frames, as in animation or stills? You will have to buy a shotgun mic separately.

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    Hi good to know miniDV sohould be better quality, thanks.

    Is there a reason the MiniDV is better (I imagine just less data compression comapred with the others, or just a better codec?

    Yes, I am aware I need to buy a mic seperately this is why I want a camera with an external input.

    I have around 300.00 - 350.00 to spend.

    cheers

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    I have bitten the bullet and gone for one of these :

    I am hoping there is a bit of life in MiniDV yet !

    Panasonic NV-GS230 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

    Thanks for your assistance.

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    Yes a good all round mini dv camcorder. It has 3ccd, a mic and headphone sockets (very rare on camcorders under 1000 these days) and you will get much higher quality video and audio when you transfer from tape to computer using the Firewire connection. There is less file compression and you do not have to convert from one format to another like some of the other camcorders that are on sale now.

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    Thanks for reassuring me, I was a unsure if MiniDV would be as good.

    For the money 180.00, I think it will do the job, it's only for my own personal
    use and a video diary of my girlfriends exhibition later in the year,maybe an interview or 2. Will bear in mind we may need to ensure a gallery room is well lit with a decent lighting system. (I hear the 3ccd cams performance can suffer in low lighting conditions)

    One thing I have noticed is the rather large increases in the prices of audio equipment across the board the last few months, the RODE NTG-2 shotgun mic was 124.99 a month ago now everyone wants 159.00 !

    I will have to make a F- XLR to Minijack cable for that so I get the mic to both channels of the stereo minijack input.

    Thanks again, I will report my findings.

    SafeandSoundRecording
    Last edited by SafeandSound; 03-02-2009 at 07:30 PM.

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