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Old August 9th, 2003, 09:16 PM   #241
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JVC and Panasonic both make sub-$400 DV camcorders.
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Old August 9th, 2003, 10:30 PM   #242
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Go to your local Best Buy or Circuit City, they usually have a case of used and/or open box cameras. Last summer I bought a JVC camera for 250, but there are ones for lower.
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Old August 10th, 2003, 04:51 AM   #243
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I got my Panasonic DV52 for $350 new at B&H. You can get the "newer" DV53 for the same price. It's a nice little camera, all I can afford atleast. Mine is perfect in the recording/heads department, but the LCD went out a while ago, which bummed me out. Panasonic is the route to go, more reliable low end stuff then JVC, thats for sure.
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Old August 10th, 2003, 02:32 PM   #244
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You know what, that'd be a great product. A stand alone minidv deck.
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Old August 10th, 2003, 02:38 PM   #245
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There are mini DV decks, as well as Dv decks. However, they are more than the cheap cameras.
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Old August 10th, 2003, 02:52 PM   #246
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A while ago I saw a sony mini dv deck that fit in a 5.25" bay on your computer. It wasn't that expensive if I recall correctly. I WAS going to buy one, but they discontinued them.....bastards....anyone remember the product number, or know where i can get one?
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Old August 10th, 2003, 07:11 PM   #247
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I almost hate to say it but have you checked eBay for a used one?
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Old September 29th, 2003, 10:51 AM   #248
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buying new camera...vx-2000 or wait for vx-2100??

Hello.

i was just about to order a vx-2000 and then i saw all the various references on the web to the vx-2100, is it real? is it a nasty rumor?

i talked to my favorite video camera shop and they didn't know about it but they did say that the vx-2000's had been harder to get lately...

i had a project i was planning on doing in mid october, so i either need to rent a vx-2000 for this or go ahead and buy a vx-2000 now.

i'd hate to buy a vx-2000 and have a vx-2100 come out before the end of the year.

advice? feedback?

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Old September 29th, 2003, 12:10 PM   #249
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I doubt the new VX will be here in a few weeks. Personally, I would wait and just rent when I needed the use of a cam.
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Old September 29th, 2003, 12:14 PM   #250
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its just that when i do a project it is for a week at a time and it wouldn't take very many rentals to equal the cost of a vx-2000

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Old September 29th, 2003, 02:54 PM   #251
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Is there a "lesser" camera that might also strike your fancy and be what you need for the meantime (3 months or so)?
trv950
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Old September 29th, 2003, 04:16 PM   #252
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Now is probably a pretty good time to buy a VX2000, since the prices are good. I saw the Sony announcement about the new model, but I think it's being released in Europe first, unless I'm mistaken. The differences are not major, only slight improvements to an already solid camera--nothing that would make the original obsolete. I'm sure the link to the announcement is posted somewhere around here.
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Old September 29th, 2003, 05:09 PM   #253
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hmm...

now i have to think about it.

getting a 950 seems like a waste to spend almost as much for a lesser camera...

i used to have unlimited usage of a vx-1000 but i don't have that anymore and i really don't want to do this project with a 1 chip camera.

my plan until i saw the vx-2100 announcement was to get a vx-2000 with a beach tek dual xlr box and a samson airline micro.

the thing that threw me about the vx-2000 was wondering if it might have different audio i.e. xlr inputs? probably too much to hope for.

i had a hard enough time deciding to get a vx-2000 vs. a pd-150

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Old September 29th, 2003, 05:14 PM   #254
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I'm quite certain the new model won't have XLRs. Sony reserves those for what it considers its professional or "prosumer" cameras...otherwise people might not pay more.
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Old September 29th, 2003, 05:25 PM   #255
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Didn't the upgrade to the PD-150 come already? If that upgrade is anything like the VX2100 then you wouldn't be missing out on much.
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