I'm working for a youth charity and we have recently received some funding to buy some film making equipment so we can do some film projects with the young people we work with. I have read that Mini DV is the best format for editing, so am looking for a mini DV camcorder. We will be using an Acer laptop for editing which I do not think will be up to HD as it has 2.0 processor and 3GB Ram. Our budget for a camera is about £400, so I am looking to buy the best mini DV camera I can for that amount of money, ideally one that:
- has good video quality in good light and low light
- has an external mic input
- accessory shoe
- easy to learn/use on auto modes
I can't find any cameras that meet this spec, but there seems to be a big gap between SD cameras of up to about £250, and then HDV of about £700. Isn't there anything inbetween? An SD camera with all features and good quality for around £400? Or a cheap HDV (I'm guessing this is unlikely)?
I have searched and searched online and found nothing, so any help would be appreciated.