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Lookin for some opinions from you video guys. Im trying to find a decent MiniDV camera for $400 or less. Something with a night mode or light would be nice. Thanks in advance.
 

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On 2005-12-07 06:30, GotSmoke wrote:
Lookin for some opinions from you video guys. Im trying to find a decent MiniDV camera for $400 or less. Something with a night mode or light would be nice. Thanks in advance.

decent and $400 doesnt match up....

for $100 more you can get a pretty nice panasonic with a 3CCD chip VS the standard consumer 1CCD... professional cameras are 3CCD which picks up alot more colors, etc. I personally can't stand a camera with all auto controls but def. try to find one with 3CCD's if you can. :bigthumb:
 

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Thanks robbo. I dont need anything top notch really. Im just gettin tired of takin still shots. Your big into editing obviously but i dont even know where to start lol. I just dont wanna buy some crap camera ya know. Should i stick with panasonic though?
 

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I am in the process of getting a good digital video camera. What are CCD's? I dont care about size, just something that works well...

What does everyone recommend besides panasonic? And why? I want to keep it under 500 bux, but its gotta be something easy to use. I dont need professional stuff, just something that works well. Thanks!
 

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Those are CCD's chips below... basically to put it simply, the CCD chip effects the color and quality... "Broadcast" quality cameras use 3 chips where-as most consumer cameras until recently were only 1 chip.

[img=430x323]http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/camcorder5.jpg[/img]

[img=430x383]http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/camcorder3.jpg[/img]

Here's a shootout that is work the click... I have the PV-GS120 as my crappy camera :silly: I usually use a sony professional setup(PD-170) and am ordering a hi-definition unit in the next couple weeks.

http://www.jakeludington.com/project_studio/20040329_1ccd_vs_3ccd_dv_cam_shootout.html

Here's some comparison photo's for those too lazy to click the link 1CCD on left, 3CCD on right:

[img=320x240]http://www.jakeludington.com/images/dvcamera-comparison/1CCD-geese.jpg[/img][img=320x240]http://www.jakeludington.com/images/dvcamera-comparison/3CCD-geese.jpg[/img]

[img=320x240]http://www.jakeludington.com/images/dvcamera-comparison/1CCD-cat.jpg[/img][img=320x240]http://www.jakeludington.com/images/dvcamera-comparison/3CCD-cat.jpg[/img]

[img=320x240]http://www.jakeludington.com/images/dvcamera-comparison/1CCD-benchpress.jpg[/img][img=320x240]http://www.jakeludington.com/images/dvcamera-comparison/3CCD-benchpress.jpg[/img]
 
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