New camcorder suggestions

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Luis Ortega, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. Luis Ortega

    Luis Ortega Guest

    I have a Sony Trv900 that has all of the features that I really need but it
    is getting old and may not last long. I am ignorant about all of the new
    camcorder lines and the new formats like dvd and hard disk and would
    appreciate some advice as to which camcorders to look for that have similar
    features to my trv900, especially manual controls, inputs and outputs and
    3ccd visual quality.
    Thanks a lot for any advice.
    Luis Ortega, Jan 10, 2006
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  2. Luis Ortega

    Smarty Guest


    The TRV900 is a hard camera to replace since in some (many) people's opinion
    the successors like the TRV950 were a significant step down. The Sony VX2100
    is a nice step up, but is larger and more expensive than the 900 was.

    If you have some interest in future creation of HD content, the latest Sony
    HDV camcorders are another option. The 3 CCD HDV model (HDR-FX1) is now
    around $2500 and has garnered excellent reviews. The lesser, 1 CMOS Sony HDV
    camcorder is a lot less expensive, but is much more compact and more like
    the TRV900 in size. It has relatively poor low light performance
    unfortunately, but is otherwise a very nice camera for the money,
    particularly if eventual HD recording is of interest to you.

    I switched from the TRV900 to the FX1 and have had no regrets whatsoever.
    The DV and HDV performance are superb, and the extra size has presented no
    problem for me despite the fact that the FX1 is considerably bulkier than
    the 900 it replaced.

    Smarty, Jan 10, 2006
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  3. Luis Ortega

    PTravel Guest

    The TRV900's successor, the TRV950, has poorer video quality than the
    TRV900. Unfortunately, Sony decided to kill this particular model,
    presumably because it was competition for the prosumer line. I missed the
    opportunity to buy a TRV900 when they were on the market, so bought a
    VX2000, rather than the decidedly poorer TRV950. The VX2000, and it's
    successor, the VX2100, is a spectacular camera that produces stunning video,
    saturated low-noise color and has incredible low-light performance.
    Unfortunately, it has both a bigger form factor and is substantially heavier
    than the TRV900.
    PTravel, Jan 11, 2006
  4. Luis Ortega

    mmaker Guest

    The HC1 is probably the closest equivalent to a TRV900 today in terms
    of price/performance. I'd certainly give one a try if they're for sale
    near you.

    mmaker, Jan 11, 2006
  5. Luis Ortega

    Luis Ortega Guest

    Thanks, guys, but I am wondering why so many people suggested Sony? Is it
    because I was already using Sony, or because it is a superior camcorder
    range? What about JVC?
    Luis Ortega, Jan 11, 2006
  6. I got a Panasonic GS400, and am very happy with the features and quality.


    Martin van derPoel, Jan 12, 2006
  7. Luis Ortega

    mmaker Guest

    Probably because they're pretty much the only people producing small
    semi-pro video cameras equivalent to the TRV900 these days :). There
    may be exceptions, but I can't think of any off the top of my head, and
    in particular I don't think there's anything else shooting HD in that
    size range: possibly the original JVC HDV camera but it has a pretty
    poor reputation.

    mmaker, Jan 12, 2006
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