Panasonic AG-HMC40 or HC-VX870 (HD prosumer vs 4K consumer)
by Kyle Walker on May 18, 2015 at 7:14:33 pm
I'm trying to upgrade the old mini-dv gear I use for long-form shoots (i.e. concerts, lectures, etc). I'm also trying to keep it under $1000
Would one recommend a brand new HC VX870, which is apparently one of the least expensive 4K cameras on the market right now. Or would one recommend a gently used HMC40 for $850 on Craigslist.
I'm not sure if it's smarter to go with a more consumer grade camera but have one that may be sustainable quality for longer, or one suitable for more prosumer grade setups but been out for a few years.
Most of what I do for these types of shoots is throw the camera on a tripod and press record. I have external audio gear I set up as well.
I must admit that larger form cameras (prosumer, professional) are what I would ideally like to be seen with for professional reasons in regards to how people take one more seriously with larger gear. Though I know that sounds somewhat unreasonable. But I can't dismiss that that is a factor.