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#1 Jackie Morton

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:38 PM

I'm thinkin Canon HF100 or something in that price range. Is that the best one or is there another one I should look at? I'm probably going to buy used since I'll grow out of it soon - I wanna get into filming shorts.
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#2 Tom Lowe

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:19 PM

The Canon HG21 looks kind of awesome. This camera was like $1,100 a few months ago. Now it's down to 799!

http://www.bhphotovi...AVCHD_Hard.html

If you also shoot stills, you might look at the 5D2, which shoots 1080p video. It's video functions are kind of limited though.
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Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:49 PM

The Canon HG21 looks kind of awesome. This camera was like $1,100 a few months ago. Now it's down to 799!

http://www.bhphotovi...AVCHD_Hard.html

If you also shoot stills, you might look at the 5D2, which shoots 1080p video. It's video functions are kind of limited though.


Nice, but a bit too expensive - I can get a used HF100 for a little more than 50% of that price.
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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 03:18 PM

If picture quality is your top priority then the HV30 is certainly the best you can for low money. For some reason the prices have been plummeting recently.

This video here I feel is a pretty decent measure of what sort of images this camera can produce.
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 04:12 PM

If picture quality is your top priority then the HV30 is certainly the best you can for low money. For some reason the prices have been plummeting recently.

This video here I feel is a pretty decent measure of what sort of images this camera can produce.


How does the HV30 compare to the HG21?

I used to own an HV20 and thought it was pretty decent.
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#6 Jackie Morton

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 08:11 PM

How does the HV30 compare to the HG21?

I used to own an HV20 and thought it was pretty decent.


Great video.. says HV20 though. So definitely HV20 over HF100? Sorry, I know nothing about cams... but quality is definitely #1.
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#7 Matthew Buick

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:20 PM

How does the HV30 compare to the HG21?

I used to own an HV20 and thought it was pretty decent.


Well I don't own a HG21. I just know that for those favouring manual functions and image quality the HV20/30 is the one at the moment. Perhaps the Sony SR12 can come close, but I don't think it'll be HV30 level in terms of picture quality.

Edited by Matthew Buick, 21 December 2008 - 04:21 PM.

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#8 Stephen Williams

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:48 AM

It has alot of information about all kinds of cameras, lenses, accessories, etc. Let me know what you think.


Hi,

I did not see any useful information at all, just a list of specs supplied by a manufacture.

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