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#1 Tyler Leisher

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 03:38 PM

Hi everyone! I recently received funding for a small independent film that I am producing and I am looking into cameras to buy. I want high definition and the best possible quality picture, the total budget for the camera is $6,000-7,000 and I may be able to budge a little over that if need be (Anything lower with great quality would be awesome too).

Anyway, what camera would you recommend I look into? I definitely want to shoot in 720p or higher, I'm not experience with high definition cameras so any help is welcome.
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 07:23 AM

In that range, you're basically limited to a no-thrills HVX. You'll need more money for the P2 cards, which can be pricey, and make sure you're post workflow can handle the camera. That's really the only "HD" camera I can think of. Anything cheaper would be HDV and might cause motion problems.
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 02:20 PM

How much would I need for a very good high definition camera, I was thinking that $7,000 would be more than enough for a good one but if not, what should I be aiming towards in my budget?
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 02:30 PM

That and what are you using out in the field to film your movies?
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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 02:36 PM

You may want to look at the new Sony XDCAM-EX, a 1/2" CCD camera that records HD XDCAM to memory cards, in your price range. I think it will give the Panasonic HVX200 a serious run for its money.

Next price level above those cameras are some of the JVC ProHD camcorders.

The next jump gets into the +$20,000 cameras, like the RED ONE and pro XDCAM's, etc.

You have to start factoring in the cost of the lenses you want to use at this point...
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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 02:53 PM

Keep in mind, too, that lighting is a big factor as well. Knowing how to control and use light can allow great results from any camera. As my dad used to say, "A camera is just a holder for the film."
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