Help with a decision - buying a camera

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by DK, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. DK

    DK Guest

    I am in a position where I can get EITHER a 3-chip HI-8 camera (ie. VX-3) or
    a 1-chip mini-DV camera. I intend to use this for low-end production such as
    local cable commercials and micro-budget movies.

    I used to do this for a living, and I know how low end this is - I also know
    my local market and my goals are realistic for the area. Although I would
    LIKE to get a better camera, there is simply no way for that to happen at
    this time.

    My quandry is - which would be better, given the desired ends? Am I better
    off with a VX-3 and the better image of the 3-chip, or am I better off
    sacrificing that image quality for the better resolution and lower loss of
    the DV camera?

    I appreciate any input you may have!
    DK, Aug 16, 2003
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  2. I've heard that the single-chip CCDs are better today than they used to be,
    has to do with the colored die they use on the surface of the chip being
    better quality and more precisely applied. So I would recommend a 1-chip DV
    over a 3-chip Hi-8 or Digital-8. But there are other considerations like
    manual controls and size and battery life and lens and etc, but you probably
    have a good handle on this, having done this for a living before. Just make
    sure you can run professional mics into the camera and get a good
    XLR-to-miniplug converter like the Beachteks. Good luck!
    Kevin Triplett
    Austin, TX
    Kevin Triplett, Aug 18, 2003
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