I really need help with this question.
I am just about to buy a new camcorder. The last one I bought was a Sony handy cam about 10 years ago so I can see that things have moved on a great deal since then.
I will be using the camera to recored interivews that I will later webcast in a flash format.
Now I know that many people say "well if you are going to heavily compress it anyway for streaming out on the web you may as well just use a consumer camera"
However, from experience ( I have worked with hundreds of different videos over the last few years) I can see that footage taken with a professional camcorder, or a semi pro, always seams to produce a far higher quaility image than film shot with a consumer style camcorder, like mine. Even though both may be compressed using the same commpression software etc, I use sorenson squeeze.
My question is this - do the consumer camcoders that I can now buy today, at about the £500, produce footage that will be as good as a semi pro. Its says that they film in HDV, and some are filming at 1080p, so are they as good? I noticwe that most film straight to hardrive, I cant see that ever capturing the same anout of data as DV tape, but am I wrong here?
Alternativley, I would buy a Sony HVR 1AE, but these are a lot more money. Still entry level for the professional user but much more money than any of the consumer cameras.
Will the footage be similar, am I just paying for extras like XLR sound facilitites.
Please could someone explain - I cant see a consumer camera producing the same quaility picture, but I don“t really understand the basic differences to make any kind of informed decision.
Thanks in advance for any input