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Old June 29th, 2009, 04:18 AM   #16
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If so, I'll consider one of those. Otherwise, recommendations
In fact, if you are looking for a small factor HD cam with CCD, there's actually only one perfect cam for these kind of job: JVC GY-HM100!

More expensive than a HV20 or a HC3, but cheap for a pro cam.

If you don't need the XDCAM format, the HM100 can record too in a compatible HDV mode (but on SD card): can be usefull to inter-cut other HDV footages (from your actual HV20 for exmaple) with the footages of this JVC cam.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #17
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In fact, if you are looking for a small factor HD cam with CCD, there's actually only one perfect cam for these kind of job: JVC GY-HM100!

More expensive than a HV20 or a HC3, but cheap for a pro cam.
Thanks for the info, but this is unfortunately waaaaay out of my price range. I bought the HV20 as a factory refurb for about $450. My budget was about $500, so that worked out nicely. However, since the HV20's Rolling Shuttle wobble did NOT work out nicely, I guess I can look at spending a bit more on one of the Sonys, if they will do the job w/o excessive wobble. But $3500 for the JVC is a factor of 7 outside my goal pricepoint...would be nice, but...

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Old June 30th, 2009, 03:47 AM   #18
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I guess I can look at spending a bit more on one of the Sonys, if they will do the job w/o excessive wobble.
The wooble effect seems less effective on the Sony HD cams (HDV & AVCHD) but it's still there: for a use onboard a race car, all the actual CMOS non pro cameras produce useless footages.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #19
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Have you ever thought of a bullet or lipstick hd camera with a fixed lens? We have the same problem with came shaking and rolling. It is the lens that is your problem. Switch to a fixed lens that records to a HD camcorder. We picked up the whole unit brand new for 500.00 dollars. The difference is amazing. Here are two examples of our cameras without a fixed lens and with a fixed lens. We bought our cameras through helmetcams.com

Without notice camera roll and screen jarring.

YouTube - 100+ MPH RACE BOAT going downriver.

And with a fixed bullet cam.

YouTube - 100 MPH Upriver w/ Team Bohhica #309
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