SR8 HDV Sony vs SD 3CCD camera for indie documentaries?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by GiBi, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. GiBi

    GiBi Guest

    Hello to everybody.

    I am considering to buy a camera for shooting some indie documentaries
    and shorts about environmental issues.

    We will be focusing our work on underwater environments, caves and
    general natural subjects.

    Considering the budget around 1500 usd I am tempted to buy a new SR8
    Sony camera as we will be showing our projects on HD-Ready or Full HD
    projectors or TVs.

    Is this making sense? Should we stick to a SD 3 CCD camera instead?

    As software we are using a Final Cut Studio suite on a double core
    Mac.

    Thanks !

    GiBi
     
    GiBi, Aug 18, 2007
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  2. GiBi

    timepixdc Guest

    Increase your budget.

    Seriously.

    Check out a Canon XH-A1 ($3300) or a Sony HVR-Z1 ($4100) if you're
    interested in any quality.

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    timepixdc, Aug 18, 2007
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  3. GiBi

    GiBi Guest

    Or the AG-HVX200?

    This is a 3X budget increase...

    Thanks!

    GiBi
     
    GiBi, Aug 18, 2007
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  4. GiBi

    Frank Guest

    SR8 HDV Sony vs SD 3CCD camera for indie
    documentaries?>,
    Or, if you like the idea of recording to solid-state media, wait for
    the 1/2-inch Sony XDCAM EX camcorder, due out in a couple of months,
    although it will probably be four to five times your $1500 budget,
    unfortunately, including SxS flash memory cards.
     
    Frank, Aug 19, 2007
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  5. GiBi

    timepixdc Guest

    That'd be good but it might be overkill given your original post.

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    timepixdc, Aug 19, 2007
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  6. GiBi

    timepixdc Guest

    Couple of months? Doubtful. Besides, XDCAM HD uses the same long GOP
    MPEG compression that HDV uses. All you get is better (uncompressed)
    sound unless you shoot at 35mbs (variable). Hardly worth the extra money.

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    timepixdc, Aug 19, 2007
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  7. GiBi

    GiBi Guest

    GiBi, Aug 20, 2007
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