Best prosumer video camera in the 1k range

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by yepthisismyemail, May 24, 2008.

  1. I am looking at a HV 30 for $799
    or the HV 20 for $649
    But I would like to know peoples thoughts on how these compare to the
    competition. (in the under 1k range) I will be shooting mainly
    indoors. (new baby...) Also on movie sets. Not BTS stuff just for my
    website use...
    Thank you for your responses.
    yepthisismyemail, May 24, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    Ian, this subject has been covered in considerable depth by David
    Reuther and several other regulars on this group. You might find it
    helpful to search some archived info.

    I have a HV30 myself and I feel the changes over the HV20 are worth
    the extra price. The zoom control lever on the 30 is much nicer and
    easier to use but I am an old fogey so anything that is easier is
    better for us old guys ;-^)
    Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    Bob Ford, May 25, 2008
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  3. Hi was just hoping to get up to date info. Like what your statement.
    When testing the two cameras the 30 felt better and the image in the
    lcd looked a bit nicer.
    thanks. Though I would love to hear some arguments for the Sony models
    if anyone feels they are better.
    yepthisismyemail, May 25, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    Ian, I tried to find the link to David Reuther's website with his
    reviews of the Canon HV20 and 30 but was unable to find it.

    He has now posted a new item with the subject line
    ARGHHH or something similar. Therein you will find the link to his
    Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    Bob Ford, May 26, 2008
  5. "AAAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!! Capturing HDV - BLEAH!" ;-)
    Ah, the spelling is, um, "RUETHER"...! 8^) You can always find my
    site by dropping "david ruether photography" into Google (it comes
    up on top), and inside it are "I Babble" (my articles and reviews), or
    the site map for direct access (and the HV20 and HDV editing
    program comments are also listed on my entry page...). But, the
    URLs are
    David Ruether, May 26, 2008
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    Bob Ford Guest

    Hopefully Ian will read and take heed of your reviews. I found them
    very helpful and for me, based on your comments and other regulars on
    this group, the HV30 was a "no brainer" choice ;-^)

    Thanks for your great contributions to the group David!
    Bob Ford, May 27, 2008
  7. Thanks for your comments! I update my reviews often as I gain
    more experience - and have just added the settings I prefer to
    use with the HV20/HV30 under the different daylight conditions
    I shoot in, and more comments on the editing programs, including
    my trying to output Mini-DV as HDV well, and further problems
    with capturing and importing of HDV. I don't write "puff" reviews
    (if something has problems, I write about it, since that kind of
    information is what I want to find in a useful review...).
    --David Ruether (Think "French avenue" for the spelling...;-)
    David Ruether, May 27, 2008
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