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    Hi all ... I'm still new to this and am looking to buy a camcorder to practice my movie making and editing skills
    I have seen the Sony hvr-a1e and was wondering if anyone had any experience of using the camera and if it would suit my needs
    The one I have seen is 2nd hand for around the 500 mark
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Thanks

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    It won't help posting twice in this forum so I removed your other post.

    If you tell us what you will be filming and exactly what your needs are, it may help us to advise you better.

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    Hi
    I'm not too sure exactly what I'm gonna be filming to be honest
    Im thinking mostly family landscape and wildlife
    So a mixed bag I'd say
    I'd really like a camera that will give good quality footage with the ability to edit

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    If you stick to the main 3 makes of Sony, Panasonic, Canon,and do your homework on the specs. you won't go far wrong. I would stay away from Hard disk recorders and go for one which shoots on to a memory card. Ilike THIS site for reviews which would be a good place to start. You can always check back if you have specific questions about a camera.

    Good hunting.

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    Hi midnight .., thanks for the advice.., why do you recommend sd card as opposed to the tape type of camera ?? Is sd better??
    Also I have seen the Sony a1e... What are your thoughts about this camera ..??
    Thanks

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    Memory cards are the future. Tapes drives are being phased out, In fact I don't know of any new consumer tape drive camera. I also think the work flow is easier just to copy the files to the computer rather than capture in real time from a tape. I may be wrong but I think you can record at higher bit rates to the modern cards than you can to HDV tapes.

    The Sony AE1 was a great camera in it's day. I don't have a problem with it. It looks the part, has good manual functions, which you will find a bonus over some of the more modern cameras. I've never used it but never heard anything bad about it.

    I'm not at all an expert on different cameras as I have always gone for Panasonics, so I'm not the best person to answer this question really.

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    That's great advice thank you ..
    I'm gonna have a look at a few of the sd card cameras to see how they compare Size and stability wise... Obviously I don't want one that's too small either but will see what's out there .., I think if I do my homework I might even be able to afford a new one ..
    Thanks again for the advice

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    Great advice from an established Poster, - but may I add...?

    OP is unclear as to what he'll be filming, but includes "Family" (which is almost a "Given"), so I suggest he tries his local Library to see if there's a Film-Making group nearby. There he may be lucky and find one that has "Workshop" evenings where techniques are demonstrated and give the opp for members to learn by joining-in.
    By having "Subjects" set and a deadline it should improcve his "Focus" (as it were) so the member gains skills that will (With Opinions here), help in the choice of camcorder (er, Or DSLR ) - there is nomally no need to be a Camcorder-Owner. . . . and these days there are some cheapo cameras that will produce quite acceptable movie footage in a SDHC card (being the cards with the best Cost/Capacity ratio). ....and there is always a welcome for guys that can move lights, dolleys, etc.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    so I suggest he tries his local Library to see if there's a Film-Making group nearby.
    For the full list of IAC clubs (the Film & Video Institute - the body that oversees affiliiated amateur cubs) see here.
    Tim

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    Thanks for the advice all
    I will take it on board and do a little local digging to see if I can find any clubs in my area
    Thanks again for you help and support

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