Cameras: Low-end prof'l vs. high-end consumer

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Existential Angst, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Awl --

    In the B&H pro dept., I see shoulder mounted video cameras for about $1500,
    and I see consumer stuff for about the same, maybe more.

    What are the essential diffs? Which one is better for the "long haul", in
    studio-type instructional vids?

    I've heard many comments from various people, B&H and here, that consumer
    cameras like the canon hv20, and maybe not even as good, can give comparable
    results (or even better, pure picture-wise) than some low-end pro stuff.

    What's some of the skinny here? What's involved in the decision making
    between the two?
    Existential Angst, Sep 28, 2010
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  2. Existential Angst

    MD34 Guest

    Dunno how some carry that camera around in front of them held only in their
    hands, and squinting at a LCD viewfinder. Let'm try that 12 hours a day.

    Gimmee a shoulder mount and an eyepiece viewfinder.
    MD34, Sep 30, 2010
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  3. Existential Angst

    ushere Guest

    as a pro of over 25+ years - i hope you got well paid for a 12+ hour day!!!
    ushere, Oct 1, 2010
  4. Existential Angst

    ushere Guest

    lucky friend!!!

    i hope you got a decent lunch then!
    ushere, Oct 1, 2010
  5. Existential Angst

    ushere Guest

    how did you find the water diet? am thinking it's time to get rid of my
    saddle-bags ;-)
    ushere, Oct 1, 2010
  6. Existential Angst

    ushere Guest

    thanks for that, most appreciated.i think i need to lose around 10kg.
    not that i'm unhealthy for a 63 yr old, but so much time spent editing
    rather than shooting has a tendency to put it on without noticing...

    i've done a few diet video's - some pretty bloody shonky if you ask me
    (no one did thankfully!), and the only guaranteed one was so much like
    the atkins diet (meat, meat, and more meat) that it might as well have
    been the atkins diet.

    am going to try the semi-water diet - when feeling 'peckish' drink a
    glass or two of water instead of whatever came to hand, such as peanut
    butter sandwich ;-). will see how it goes, and what goes.....

    again, thanks for the informative reply.....
    ushere, Oct 1, 2010
  7. Existential Angst

    MD34 Guest

    I billed at $1200 per day (10 hour-2man-Beta SP) and charged $250 for OT.
    Made a lot of money but went home sore and tired. My body is paying the price
    today. :(

    Out of town producers often want to shoot all day and night and then go home.
    Networks didn't care about cost.
    MD34, Oct 1, 2010
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