Recommendations for cost-effective 3 CCD DV camcorder?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by John_B, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. John_B

    John_B Guest

    I'm looking for a new DV camcorder with 3 CCDs because I will be
    recording in low-light sessions. I'm also looking for a camcorder that
    doesn't look like a tin-plates cigarette box. Aesthetics. :)

    I was initially taking a hard look at the Panasonic DVC7. The reviews,
    unfortunately, are very mixed. The main gripe against the DVC7 is that
    it's only 1 CCD, but the DVC7 is just about the price range that I was
    looking for ($1,200 or less) and it most certainly is NOT a glorified,
    cigarette box.

    Cameras like the JVC GY-DV300U are out of my price range. (I'm not even
    going to think about the Canon XL-2. That's not going to happen in my
    wildest dreams.)

    So, here's what I'm really after:

    * NTSC format
    * 3 CCDs
    * Great in low light
    * Easy manual focus capability (a strong point of the DVC7)
    * Manual white-balancing
    * 16:9 (preferably anamorphic, but matted can be tolerated)
    * External *stereo* microphone input is a MUST
    * Doesn't look like a cigarette box

    The Sony DCR-HC1000 seems to fit these requirements perfectly and I've
    found it for less than $1,100 online. Has anyone had experience with
    this? Are there any alternatives that you can suggest in the
    $1,000-$1,200 price range?
    John_B, Feb 24, 2005
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    You or your spouse care about the appearance of the camcorder, even tho
    you are concerned to get a 3 chip device?
    You could look at the Panasonice PV-GS120 , 3CCD, 10xoptical,
    700xdigital(actually looks good!) 1.2MP progressive...price ~650$US
    16:9; 1 yr parts warranty; stereo audio ; zoom microphone; composite
    video; s-video in/out;

    Looks like a camcorder !-)
    Rick Merrill, Feb 25, 2005
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  3. I had a PS-GV200 (model that is one grade up from the GV120 since it
    has a fairly lousy manual focusing ring) and it was optically so bad,
    I had to return it to the dealer at a loss of my end. Also, Panasonic
    service it the pits.
    I bit the bullet and bought a Canon GL2 and it seems to be a happy
    marriage so far. It feels like a "real" camera and you can adjust
    things without going through a bazillion menus.

    Moral: Don't buy any camera you haven't test driven and if it's
    pro-features you hanker for, buy a pro-quality camera. Don't skimp.
    Raskolnikov Alexis Friedemann, Feb 25, 2005
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    John B Guest

    I'm *more* concerned about getting 3 CCD, but all functions being equal
    the non-cigarette-box lookalike will lose.
    I was already looking at that one and made a note that it's a good
    candidate. What do you think about the PV-GS400?
    Always a plus in my book. Yes, I'm being somewhat superficial in that
    opinion, but I can't stand the simplistic, boxy look of most of today's
    camcorders and digital cameras.
    John B, Feb 25, 2005
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    John B Guest

    I'm actually thinking of renting a higher-end camera (if possible) for
    this upcoming project. That would at least give me more time to look
    around and decide what I really want. It would probably cost less to
    rent for the time necessary than to outright purchase. It's too bad
    that the Sony DCR-TRV950 apparently has gone away. I've heard a lot of
    great things about that one.
    John B, Feb 25, 2005
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    PTRAVEL Guest

    Not the 950 -- it has abysmal low light performance and far too many
    gimmicks. The TRV-900 was a very good 3-CCD camera for the money; it was
    discontinued a few years ago.

    For the most bank for the buck, take a look at the VX2100, or even a used
    VX2000. Spectacular low-light performance, stunning video image, and a
    "real" video camera, not a gimmicky consumer camcorder. The VX2100 is above
    your price range, but you might get lucky and find a used VX2000 for
    PTRAVEL, Feb 25, 2005
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    John_B Guest

    That one was on my list, too. The reviews and specifications for that
    seem to be positive and just about exactly what I'm looking for.

    Fortunately, I just found out that my next project was grossly
    miscalculated on my part. I thought that it was going to happen in a
    few weeks. It's not going to happen for a few months. That gives me
    some time to build up some finances. So, I'm not going to rule out the
    VX2100 just yet.
    John_B, Feb 25, 2005
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