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Old 03-02-2011, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I'm looking for a camera with all the bells and whistles. I'm ideally looking for one around 500-600 dollars i'll be willing to go a few hundred either direction. I'm not using this as a thread saying "oh i don't wanna do research" but for more of a discussion of cameras around this price range. Also i might be willing to go for a cannon 7D but it would be awkward to film while skateboarding.
Features that are a must:
High quality
Aperature, exposure, white balance ect.
Good zoom
Audio
Extras:
Fish eye mount
handle mount
Image stabilization.
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i dont remember the prices exactly but there are 2 prosumer type camcorders that come to mind

the canon hf s200 (or any HF series canon) I had the HF s100 and loved it. the image quality is amazing, I made a handle for it and bought a fisheye. perfect little camera that still puts out amazing video

the other is the panasonic TM700- the big deal with this one is that it shoots in 1080HD at 60 frames per second. Which is a rare thing, most cameras will only do 60 FPS at 720HD if that. so if your looking for a good slow motion camera consider the TM700
I have never used the tm700 but all I hear are good things about it

since both of these cameras aren't really professional the manual settings will be somewhat limited. The HF s200 has a manual focus nob under the lens but its kind of hard to learn how to use. I'm pretty sure you can control the manual settings you mentioned like aperture, white balence etc. on these cameras
If you want true manual setting the price range goes way up like $1000-2000 but for the regular filmer the above 2 cameras get the job done without a problem
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i dont remember the prices exactly but there are 2 prosumer type camcorders that come to mind

the canon hf s200 (or any HF series canon) I had the HF s100 and loved it. the image quality is amazing, I made a handle for it and bought a fisheye. perfect little camera that still puts out amazing video

the other is the panasonic TM700- the big deal with this one is that it shoots in 1080HD at 60 frames per second. Which is a rare thing, most cameras will only do 60 FPS at 720HD if that. so if your looking for a good slow motion camera consider the TM700
I have never used the tm700 but all I hear are good things about it

since both of these cameras aren't really professional the manual settings will be somewhat limited. The HF s200 has a manual focus nob under the lens but its kind of hard to learn how to use. I'm pretty sure you can control the manual settings you mentioned like aperture, white balence etc. on these cameras
If you want true manual setting the price range goes way up like $1000-2000 but for the regular filmer the above 2 cameras get the job done without a problem
thanks for the helpful response i don't really want to bust 1000$ dollars but now that i realize it i have a pro quality color corrector so i guess all i'll need is good quality
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also i got a friend whose willing to sell me a gl2 for 650 dollars any opinions on this?
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also i got a friend whose willing to sell me a gl2 for 650 dollars any opinions on this?
depending on what kind of shape it's in i would probably do that. i believe The gl2 is a canon tape based camera. so its using technology that is fading out. but thats a good deal on a good camera
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I own a Canon 7D. There is absolutely no way you'll find one for anywhere close to $700. Used ones (just the body) are going for ~$1100-$1300.

Do you want a camera for video or for still shots? Do you want something with interchangeable lenses?

If you're serious about wanting to do some good video then I would consider two cameras. Use a Canon T2i (almost as good as the 7D) for your video & stills and then keep a seperate video camera for hand-held shots.

If you have a spare $200 after your birthday then you can spend it on a GoPro or something for POV clips.... or you can use it to buy better lenses (or a better mic) for the Canon
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also i got a friend whose willing to sell me a gl2 for 650 dollars any opinions on this?
i used gl2s all the time in highschool there great cameras id go for that deal
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i would want a camcorder that would preferably have a digital storage system just because its that much easier to get on a computer. I'm also looking for good zoom quality not just digital. the T2i looks great for taking pictures and long shots but i also planned on using this for skateboarding so i wouldn't want it for filming lines

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I'm not sure what you mean by 'digital storage system'. I mean... all digital cameras/camcorders use digital memory, so you either put the memory card in a reader or you plug the camera into your computer to transfer files.

If you want HD Video... do you want 1080P or 720P? Very very few P&S cameras have 1080P, so that will push you to either mirrorless cameras or DSLR's.

If you want a pocket compact (which will all do 720P video): There's the Panasonic LX-5, and the Canon S95, or if you want more zoom, the Panasonic ZS5 or ZS7. With the ZS5/7, the aperture control on it is really a joke though.

Mirrorless cameras are more expensive, but they take better pictures. The Olympus E-PL1 is around $500 I think. There's also the Panasonic GF1. The new GF2 probably breaks your budget. All these cameras can take fisheye lenses, but I think they are *really* expensive.

For DSLR's, you're going to be looking at budget models. The Canon T2i probably takes the best video. The Nikon D3100 is decent. If you want a smaller DSLR, there's ones from Panasonic again... the G2. The Canon 7D is way over your set budget.

If you get a camera AND a camcorder, it might be more than $600 though, depending on what you get. HD Camcorders are kind of expensive.

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