Which DV cam for around £500

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Simon, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Simon

    Simon Guest

    I have a £500 for a DV cam with DV-in and need it to work well in low light
    and general conditions and be good at focusing at close range too. It will
    be used to record various classroom based & workshop activities. Can anyone
    recommend a model which might fit this description please?
     
    Simon, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. Simon

    Paul Guest

    The current crop of sony Cams are pretty good.

    Something like a TRV250......which has DV in............can be had for
    less than £500.

    Although I would say you should try and stretch yourself to a
    TRV355.........you get quite a few extra useful features including
    analogue inputs, and ability to play back old Hi8 format tapes etc.
     
    Paul, Jul 15, 2003
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  3. Simon

    Simon Guest

    Very useful thanks, the TRV355 is under £500 at Amazon!
     
    Simon, Jul 15, 2003
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    Jerry. Guest

    IMO taking into consideration you last two line above, try and make sure the
    chosen camera has the ability to be focused manually.
     
    Jerry., Jul 15, 2003
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  5. Simon

    Tony Morgan Guest

    I'm not going to recommend a particular model, but you should be aware
    that with *all* domestic camcorders the image quality deteriorates in
    low light conditions - even within the manufacturer's figures.
     
    Tony Morgan, Jul 15, 2003
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  6. Simon

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Personally, I'd be reluctant to go the Digital8 route, since Sony seem
    to be easing themselves out of that marketplace, and they are the *only*
    manufacturer who support it. I have also heard reports that the latest
    Digital8 models won't play Hi8 tapes that have been recorded in Hi8.

    As they used to say about IBM, "50 million people can't be wrong" :)
     
    Tony Morgan, Jul 16, 2003
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  7. Simon

    Tony Morgan Guest

    I suspect it's because the "steady-shot" facility requires an "edge" to
    work on. With the low-contrast/grainy picture the edges aren't very well
    defined - so the camcorder's signal processor has to start hunting
    around - which obviously make things worse.

    In low light its also a good idea to use manual focus/balance etc for
    the same reason.
    Too true... I feel quite sorry for those poor sods who have to work with
    weather like this :)
     
    Tony Morgan, Jul 16, 2003
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    Jerry. Guest

    Zoom in tight, focus, pull out until you have the shot size / type you want.
    Simple... :~)
    Buy a bigger camera ! :~)
     
    Jerry., Jul 16, 2003
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  9. Zoom in tight, focus, pull out until you have the shot size / type you want.
    And, if you're lucky, the focus survives the zoom.....:)
     
    Laurence Payne, Jul 16, 2003
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  10. Only because you use a decent camera Jerry. 'Zoom' lenses fitted to
    lesser cameras are often only vari-focus lenses. If the AF is good
    enough why need they be otherwise? ;-)
     
    Malcolm Knight, Jul 16, 2003
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  11. Simon

    Jerry. Guest

    Most if not all AF's hunt. If you are trying to get an extreme close up shot
    or were there is (say) a hand moving in and out of shot or were you want the
    focus to remain on something but you also need to zoom in or out.
     
    Jerry., Jul 17, 2003
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