I'm looking for three camcorders for a college video production program. Our mini-DV Panasonics are still going strong and serving us well, except for the capture time that ties up computers and cameras. I want to move to a memory card camera with SD capability; but HD capable for future upgrades, when I upgrade the computers. P2 is not a great option because students may easily lose/damage the cards. I'm looking at the HXRNX5U, but don't need the simultaneous option, and it's not clear if it will work well in the SD mode, or even clear if it will shoot and download in native SD. I'm editing mainly with Vegas, and soon buying a few FCP seats. I can spend about $5,000 per camera package (not including tripod). Any suggestions please? Or steer me to a dealer well-versed in the SD capabilities of the cameras? Thanks!
If I were in your place, I would not hestite to buy three NX5U cameras.
You can record in SD mode, which stores it as mpeg2 on your storage.
If you want to do a multicamera shoot, you can plug into the composite output to your switcher.
If you want to go HD, just swith a setting and you are in HD.
You can choose the HDSDI output jack and connect into a HD switcher, if you want live switching.
I purchased the storage device, I think it goes for $1k. I love that feature so much for my workflow. However, it is detacheable , so if you are afraid of a student absconding with it, just have each student bring there own SD cards.