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Old September 28th, 2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Looking for a handycam, need advice

I'm looking for a handycam that has the ability to use in manual mode and of course in auto mode. Also I want to be able to plug in a mic.

I have been looking at Sony, Canon, Panasonic. At first I thought the HFG10 but this is discontinued

I'm researching the forums here and on line but I'm a bit lost at the moment with what is out so I'm seeking advice from any handycam users.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:53 AM   #2
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Re: Looking for a handycam, need advice

Handicams are always limited in that area, usually you can control one function at the time and you need to use the lcd screen a lot instead of real physical buttons.
Will you be using the camera in a run and gun situation or is it a controlled environment?
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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:58 AM   #3
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Hi Noa, I was just reading one of you posts, thanks for the reply. I guess I'm after a small handycam for run and gun and I think I'll have to use these in auto mode after doing a lot of research. Do you use the CX730? and if so how does this hold up in low light etc...

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Old September 29th, 2013, 05:05 AM   #4
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I think most high end handicams perform well in low light, I know the Canons do and so does Sony, not sure about Panasonic but I know they produce a very sharp and crisp image. If you buy one be sure to get the most expensive model, I know for Sony a bit cheaper version has a smaller sensor and has poorer low light performance.

I can only speak for the Sony cx730 I use and I have seen they improved it on audio mainly with the latest version (I think the 780) , if you just go through the topic I started about shooting with small handicams there is allready a lot of info: Shooting weddings with small handicams
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Old September 29th, 2013, 05:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info mate.

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Old September 29th, 2013, 05:24 PM   #6
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i have a Canon hf g25 which i had been very happy with until last week.
The image and the controls are great for a handycam. i was really pleased until last week i was using the camera as a b camera whilst filming a wedding. i had a key moment when my other camera was running out of batteries so i took the g25 to film the scene. i work as a one man band so occasionally i have to use my b cam as an a cam. it shouldn't be a problem. to my horror the key clips filmed on the g25 were corrupt in many places. i had recorded on the internal hard drive and the clips were f**ked. green digital noise, loops of 2 seconds of video,etc. i was lucky because in 3 10 minute clips i was able to salvage the key 4 mins of footage but it was sheer luck that they turned out well.

a week ago i would have recommended this camera. now i'm not so sure!

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Old September 30th, 2013, 10:12 AM   #7
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No problems here with the legria hfg25, perfect camcorder, you must have had a faulty one
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Old September 30th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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I've taken it to the Canon service centre. We'll see what they say but clearly something is faulty! The problem is that when you have a major problem like that it becomes hard to regain trust in your equipment. But as I said, before this incident I was very pleased with the camcorder's performance.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 04:51 PM   #9
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After many hours of research I have found this: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300.

The only thing is no audio input, I can get around this with a Zoom. For a couple of hundred $$$ this might be a go for my needs. Anyone here used one of these?
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 11:09 PM   #10
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Hi Simon,
Check out Bruce's post about his HX300. Should get any answers you're after in that thread.
Sony HX300 is non selectable pal/ntsc
Good luck with the camera hunt.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 03:29 AM   #11
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Thanks Bryce, I'm wondering if this is a NTSC camera only as I see no mention to PAL settings here in Australia.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 08:19 AM   #12
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Yeah for sure it's not region selectable. You would be stuck with a pal or ntsc version only, no way to get both in the one camera.
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