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Old March 29th, 2006, 11:55 PM   #1
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Budget Problems: DV or HDV

Well i'm in the market for a new camera and im on a tight budget around $500-$700 and I want to know if it is better to find a really cheap HDV camera or a nice DV camera...

I would also need to buy accessories (tapes, lenses, and kits)

If you know of a decent HDV around that price it would be awesome but really im looking for the best choice I should make

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Old March 30th, 2006, 12:24 AM   #2
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I'd be looking for a high end consumer DV camera in that range. I don't think you'll get into the 'prosumer' range even in DV for $500-700. Keep in mind even the consumer DV cameras can produce good images.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 06:43 AM   #3
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A really cheap HDV camera is $2000. A really good DV camera is $3000-$4000. The best you are going to get is a decent consumer camera, as has been stated.

Even the low end Panasonic 3-CCD camera runs $1000.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 07:10 AM   #4
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Well i'm in the market for a new camera and im on a tight budget around $500-$700
Hey David,

Look at the Panasonic PV-GS400 or it's little sisters Panasonic PV-GS250 and or Panasonic PV-GS200. I have two of the 200's and they do a good job. They're not my main camera, but for the money they produce a good image with a decent amount of control for what they are.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 07:18 AM   #5
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You could almost get two brand new Digital 8 cams for that price. Having edited footage from both a D8 and a mid-level mini DV cam, there is little difference in quality.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 07:51 AM   #6
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B&H is clearing out the Sony HC1 HDV camera for $1350, for what that's worth.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 03:18 PM   #7
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thanx ill look into those areas
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