best 1 ccd camcorder

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brad, Jul 29, 2003.

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    Brad Guest

    My previous post asking about 3 ccd camcorders pretty much told me my budget
    will limit me to a single ccd model, as the only sub $1000 3 ccd is the
    Panasonic GS 70, and I guess that isn't rated so well. (Someone mentioned a
    Sony model I might get for $1000 used but I want to purchase new, not a used

    Do some single ccd camcorders take better looking video than others? What
    should I look for? I see many have a 1/6" ccd while others have a 1/4"ccd.
    Does this make a big difference? I have 2 family weddings coming up and I
    just want to be able to get the best video quality I can afford. I don't
    care about any whiz bang cool features like night shot or 500X digital zoom
    that I'll never use. I'm just looking for better video quality than I have
    right now with my Sony DCR-TRV 130 digital 8 model. If there's nothing much
    better that I can afford I stay with it for now, otherwise I'd like to
    upgrade and I'll hand that down to my nephew. He of course is praying I'll
    upgrade! Thanks for any and all input.

    Brad, Jul 29, 2003
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    sob Guest

    I replaced my venerable Sony Digital 8 a year ago with a 1CCD JVC
    GR-DV3000. This model has a 1/3" CCD and a large glass lens. The picture
    quality, especially in low light, is a stunning improvement on the old
    Sony (graininess is gone, and there is plenty more colour in poor light
    - I have used the cameras side by side, then edited both streams in
    Vegas 4; the JVC is that much better that I cannot really edit in the
    Sony footage if the light was poor, as in theatre or church settings).
    However on auto settings the JVC is not as forgiving as the Sony, you
    need to use manual exposure, focus and maybe iris lock in low or quickly
    changing light conditions to get the best out of it. It produces
    stunning wedding and theatre footage for a 1ccd.

    You may not be able to get this model now - and its replacements seem to
    be 1/4" ccd, so JVC seem to be doing just like Sony did with its digital
    8s - using smaller ccds on later models, giving poorer low light
    performance. Hope this helps.
    sob, Jul 30, 2003
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    Brad Guest

    Thanks for your input. Is the GR-DV3000U the same model as you have? I have
    found one available for about $700 from a company I've bought from before.
    The graininess with my Sony digital 8 is exactly the reason for replacement.
    Also, what kind of time do you get out of the stock battery? Brad
    Brad, Jul 31, 2003
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