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Here's the problem. I need a 1080 camcorder that at least does 60p (and a super slow motion option would really be useful). I also need good depth of field/low aperture. I only have about 900 bucks to spend right now, what are your suggestions? I dream of having the canon vixia g30, but don't have the extra grand. The g20 seems nice but I can't find a used one and don't have the extra 200 bucks for the new. Used is fine, I just need a suggestion for a good camera. I'm edit on premiere so it's not like I need any of the dumb creative filters or 'bloatware' on the thing, just 60 frames in 1080p and depth of field/bokeh. I have a nice mic so sound quality doesn't matter. What do you suggest?

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I've read other threads and the main purpose of me starting yet another similar one is the frame rate part. No other threads in this price range mention frame rates

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The g20 seems nice but I can't find a used one and don't have the extra 200 bucks for the new. Used is fine, I just need a suggestion for a good camera. I'm edit on premiere so it's not like I need any of the dumb creative filters or 'bloatware' on the thing, just 60 frames in 1080p and depth of field/bokeh.

The HF G20 doesn't do 60p; it shoots 24p, 30p and 60i. If you can deal with that, you can buy a nearly identical, refurbished HF G10 for $649 from Canon's online store:
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/302534?WT.mc_id=C126149

You could use the extra $200 or so to get a higher capacity Canon battery, charger, tripod, etc.
The one stock battery won't be enough, as will be the case with any camcorder you would buy.

You can achieve bokeh by using the macro function, filming a subject from a short distance and it will blur the background.
This HF G10 also has a nice focus ring.
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... I need a 1080 camcorder that at least does 60p (and a super slow motion option would really be useful)...

Sadly, there are no high end Canon camcorders with a 60p frame rate until you get to the $1699 HF G30. They put it in the $299 HF R400, the $349 HF R40 and $449 HF R42, but they skipped the $1099 HF G20 for some reason - perhaps because they wanted to upsell buyers to the HF G30.

At your price point, your high end 1080/60p options are Panasonic or Sony - and your only 720/120p super slow motion options are GoPros, Panasonic bridge cameras and Panasonic point and shoots.

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I'm definitely not set on canon. What Panasonic or Sony model would you recommend? Does the Panasonic x920 do 1080/60p? I can't seem to find it's shooting modes online.
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I'm definitely not set on canon. What Panasonic or Sony model would you recommend? Does the Panasonic x920 do 1080/60p? I can't seem to find it's shooting modes online.

Here are the specs for the X920 from the Panasonic US site showing resolution, frame rate, scan type and bit rate (1080/60p 28mbps) under "Recording/Playback Mode": http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/HC-X920K?t=specs


Just about every Panasonic camcorder shoots 1080/60p.

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Anyone have experience with the jvc gc-px100? Their new weird round (dslr looking) camcorder? Checks all my boxes and I found referbs in my price range.
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dster - I do like the way this camera looks. And people who own them seem to love them.


Here is what this camera can do at 1080/60p 36mbps (please watch at 1080p):


There are only 2 left at the $900 price at Focus Camera via Amazon as of this post. These are new, not refurbs. When they are sold, prices will likely go back up to $1000. I would pick one up and see if it works for you. Amazon has a great return policy.

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60p - check. Manual focus ring - check. Tilting screen - check. Screen hood - check. Optional viewfinder - check.

But no 24p and the screen is only 460Kpix. Also JVC's stabilizers haven't been that good from my experience, need to use tripod.

Could be a great camera for those who don't care about 24p. I really cannot get it, why not offering all the major frame rates: 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60?
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