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#1 Mariano Nante

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 06:31 PM

Hi you all,
I'm planning to start making some independent short films, and I'm a bit puzzled about which camcorder to buy.

If I had to buy one right now, I'd buy Sony's Vx-2100, which I can get for about $2000.

Is this a good buy? Could you suggest any other options in the same price range?

Very good video quality and portability are very important to me.


Thanks in advance!
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#2 Jonathan Bryant

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 12:01 AM

The VX2100 and Pd170 are basically the same camera ccd and lens wise. Both have great low light capability but don't focus in manual mode easily. The Panasonic DVX100 has a better lens with numbers to help you know where you are in focal range. Add 24p film frame rate with adjustable gamma (makes the video have a more film like contrast) I think that might be the best camera for you and you can pick up one used for around $2000. The sonys have better low light for doc work but for a feature you need to budget at least 3 descent lights. Lights will make the biggest difference on your interiors. Get a reflector to fill in shadows on your outside shots. And finally the DVX has better audio too. You have the professional xlr mic inputs where the VX2100 has the consumer 1/8" jacks that are famous for noise. Go for the DVX100!

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Hi you all,
              I'm planning to start making some independent short films, and I'm a bit puzzled about which camcorder to buy.

              If I had to buy one right now, I'd buy Sony's Vx-2100, which I can get for about $2000.

              Is this a good buy? Could you suggest any other options in the same price range?

              Very good video quality and portability are very important to me.
Thanks in advance!
  :)
Mariano Nante

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#3 Mariano Nante

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:59 PM

Thanks for your reply, John. If I can find a new DVX for about $2.500, i'll get it for sure.
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