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« on: August 06, 2005, 07:23:55 AM »

My analogue JVC camera is slowly dieing a very painful death. So, I'm looking into buying a mini-DV camera. My budget will probably stick around $600, so think thin.
 
 I'm looking for something that offers good picture quality (I hope to update my editing software to color correcting abilities), manual focus - and perhaps exposure? - as well as a input for sound.

 For the picky, I hope to be filming short movies. There appear to be work oportunities here in town for filmers, but thats not a big priority of mine right now.

 First, is there something important I'm forgetting to look for in a camera?

 And, secondly, what camera would you suggest?

 I await your opinion, expectedly.  :drool:

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2005, 08:41:57 AM »

I know a upper end Canon Optura is a pretty solid camera.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2005, 09:54:40 AM »

Check the Panasonic GS series

The GS-120 or 150 should be good for you.

3 CCD's, lots of manual controls, mic input.


I have the GS-120, it was $565 at Best Buy (clearance)

 
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2005, 10:09:10 AM »

Doh!

How could I have forgotten the Pan GS series??

Good call Tony.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2005, 10:50:02 AM »

Thanks for the input. The Pan GS150 has really gotten my attention. I can get it for $500, and thats perfect.

 Thanks a bunch!
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2005, 01:39:14 PM »

Yeah!  Might wanna try it out at a cam shop though first, just to make sure.  Smiley

Never a bad thing....
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2005, 07:22:38 AM »

I can't buy one down here in Brazil - its triple in price. My only option is to buy it off the net, so that means, I'll probably not be able to try it out.
 
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2005, 09:41:07 AM »

My movie Juxtaposition, which you can see in the filmmaking forum, was shot on my GS-120.


 
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2005, 10:11:54 PM »

Really?  Heh, I'm impressed....

How much did you color correct?
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2005, 10:19:47 PM »

Umm, I didn't at all. I don't think Bryan did either. (Bryan Harley edited). But some of it, like the black and white stuff, and him laying in bed talking to himself, was obvioulsy color corrected. By most of the stuff wasn't, I don't think.

 
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005, 03:39:57 AM »

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My movie Juxtaposition, which you can see in the filmmaking forum, was shot on my GS-120.

 Thanks for the heads up. I was going to ask if any one had a clip of video shot on the GS, but you were a couple steps a head of me.

 Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2005, 07:55:19 PM »

I recommend anything canon.

(cept the ZR series)
 
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2006, 10:32:10 AM »

Thanks for all the input.

 We are now steps away from the purchase of the Panasonic PV-GS150. And of course I ran into another snag.

 It's specifications list its output as " IEEE-1394 (4-pin) x1 " which means I need to have a compatible dv input board on my PC, right? I currently don't have any firewire board on my PC, so I need to buy a board, which is something I've also never done before. (I can't keep my title of noob if I go around doing everything.)

 I did some searches at bhphotovideo.com and otherwise, but I can't find boards to install on a PC that have to do with IEEE (iLink) 4 pin. I find bunches of 6 pin boards but little else.

 Can you guys sense that I'm doing something wrong here? I'm really REALLY noob at all this mini-DV stuff, so if you have any input, its appreciated.
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2006, 10:42:59 AM »

I had the same problem, ebay is your friend. I got my firewire card for 11 dollars(including shipping) just type in  firewire card and a bunch will come up...most of them come with a free firewire cable to...which is good.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2006, 10:45:20 AM »


 Thanks man. Doing that now...
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