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Help me choose a HD camcorder

Hi, folks.

I am new here. I have had Panasonic GS-180 camcoder since 2006 and it has worked perfectly. But it is time to say "bye-bye" to it. Now I need a HD camcorder, roughly at the 400-500 euros range (I live in Europe). Priorities:

- Excellent HD picture;
- Very good low light picture;
- High resolution still pictures (at least above 8 megapixels);
- Optical Image Stabilizer.

I strongly believe I could fall with these requirements into the desired price range. The brand is not really important.

Advices?

Thanks in advance.
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Panasonic HC-V750 should cover your needs. It ticks all your boxes but it will be at the top end of your budget.
I suggest this camera as I bought mine in March this year and it has a lot going for it. New lens system, new processor and new chip plus good OIS. The Back Illuminated Sensor will improve low light performance.
The camera firmware is updatable, which makes the camera a bit redundant proof, and Panasonic have already released one update so the current version is 1.02.


Your current camera uses FireWire but most of the new cameras use SD cards. One of the advantages is that each shot creates a file which can easily be transferred to your PC via the card reader or USB. You do not need the editor to split the shots according to the timecode reading. Both the video and the stills store on the same card and can be located to appropriate folders accordingly during download. You can just open the SD card and download from the appropriate folder or you can use HDWriter (supplied with the camera) to sort the files out. The SD card can be reused time and again (something I never did with DV tape) but should be re-formatted in the camera. (very important)


So have a look at the Panasonic specs and see if it will suit.
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Hi maudlin and welcome to the forum!

The best camcorder in your price range in the 493€ Panasonic V757.

Here is what this camera can do (please watch at 1080p):


HIGH DEFINITION:



LOW LIGHT:


IMAGE STABILIZATION:

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So that's the German equivalent to the 750
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So that's the German equivalent to the 750
Yes. I wish manufacturers would stop doing this (e.g., renumbering cameras for different regions). Panasonic is infamous for doing this with their camcorders (still cameras, not so much).

It's really confusing and annoying.
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Thank you, folks for your detailed responses.

I definately consider the V750. How about the X920? Isn't better to spend a little more money for the X920? I love my old GS180 which is 3CCD and I know what a beautiful thing is the triple matrix for better colour performance. To the best of my knowledge the V750 is single and the X920 is a triple chip, right? I stayed amazed by some low light X920 videos on youtube. Is it really worth the money?
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You really need to compare the specs for the two cameras. The 750 is this year's model and, as such, benefits from one (larger) backlit chip, a new lens system and processor. The 920 has the three chips but (as you will see from the specs) both perform well in low light. (Who wants to film in low light!?!?!?) Also look at the videos posted above especially the low light test.


If you want a three chip camera, I suggest you wait to 2015 and see if Panasonic upgrade the 920.

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Thanks.

Well, I do not have time to wait, since i need the camcorder for my summer vacation which starts within 3 weeks. X920 has Leica lens while V750 has panasonic lens. I give Leica a little advantage by what I have read so far. Seems in low light they are pretty equal. Any ideas if X920 colours are better than V750?
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