I am looking to move from a high end consumer camera into a more capable prosumer camera. I plan to use it at least for (a) fund-raising and short documentary style videos for non-profit groups, and (b) shooting travel video that can be incorporated into documentaries. Family events are a side benefit.
What should I look for? Probably an adequate level of manual controls. Quality video reproduction. Size and weight are important. 24p ability seems at least somewhat important. Iâ€™m not certain about HDV. Cost is important.
I love the size and weight of the GL-2 but Iâ€™ve eliminated it largely due to the number of tape transport problemsâ€”and the lack of 24P helped clinch that (though if any of you feel differently, Iâ€™d like to hear from you). The choice seems to be between the Panasonic DVX100B and the Sony HDR-FX1.
Both seem to be good cameras. Both cost about the same. The DVX100B has a proven track record and 24P. The Sony is HD and has CineFrame24 but Iâ€™ve read both good and bad reviews of that and would like to hear your experience. HD is probably not important right now, but might give some of the travel clips a longer useful life.
Iâ€™d like to hear your thoughts. Also what editing packages would support 24P on the DVX100 or would support HD on the FX1. I currently use Premiere 6.5