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Michael PalmerBest camera to purchase...
by on Aug 23, 2010 at 10:21:16 am

Hi Guys,

I have just started a video production company in Adelaide, South Australia (DeckChair Media) I am specialising in producing short videos for including in my customers websites... Some of the videos will need to be fast turnaround.....

I am looking to upgrade my camera and have been considering a JVC HY700 and a Panasonic HVX 172 (PAL version of HVX 170)

My preference is for a tapeless workflow to increase the efficiency of my productions.

Main difference I can see is the manual lens in the HY700.... I haven't much experience using a manual lens and Im not sure what the advantages/ disadvantages are...

The larger zoom lens seems like a good idea, but I note the HVX 172 has a digital zoom... can anyone comment on how well this performs?

Any other considerations I should make...


Mike P

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Noah KadnerRe: Best camera to purchase...
by on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:48:45 pm

What NLE will you be using for post? And have you considered DSLR cameras as well? I'm all over the 170 class of Panasonic cameras as the A-camera. They are solid, highly ergonomic, have a reliable picture and good sound with a mature post-workflow.

To add a DSLR such as a Canon 5D, 7D or even T2i for your b-camera/b-roll can greatly expand the creative possibilities with shallow depth of field and interchangeable lenses and it's relatively affordable next to the investment in the other prosumer camcorders you mentioned.


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Michael PalmerRe: Best camera to purchase...
by on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:58:25 pm

Thanks Noah,
I'm using FCP for my NLE...

Hadn't thought of a DSLR yet... Good idea!!

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Curt SchulzRe: Best camera to purchase...
by on Aug 23, 2010 at 6:40:48 pm

For short web content the Canon 5D or 7D work great and give a great cinema look. They aren't the best for broadcast, but that's not your market. You will have to invest in a good independent sound recorder though as sound is not a DSLR's strong suit. I recommend a Tascam DR-100 and a Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun. My favorite lens is the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Lens that runs about $650.

Good luck,

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