Originally Posted by dblkman
I hope someone help me. I am looking for a professional camcorder for my church, my budget is very limited. can someone suggest some models for me in the range of $1000 - $1500 please. I know that isn't much but that is all we have for the media budget.
thanks for your help
I only go to church for weddings and funerals, so I might not be your best adviser here. But, I'll try. It says this is your first post. Welcome.
You don't get a "professional" camcorder for that price. You can get a "pro-summer" model, meaning best consumer grade, in that price range. And, due to the state of industry standards, they will take video as good or better than you get from cable or satellite on your big screen HD TV
Go to any store from Target and Best Buy to Costco. If a camera or camcorder says it does "AVCHD" it will be good enough for church. Better if it says "1080p", not as good if it says "720p". And, it may not even look like a camcorder, because most cameras now do video too. My current favorite as a camcorder is a Sony HX9V and it looks like a pocket camera.
The quality of your video will depend a lot more on who is running the camera than the camera itself. The learning curve for good video that people actually want to watch is pretty high.
You said nothing about what you are going to shoot, how long it would be or the lighting conditions. However, the following camcorders have lots of fans on this forum. They are all versatile, have good image stability and good color. I listed them in the order of popularity at Amazon. Prices have less to do with quality than supply line shortages and surpluses.
Panasonic HDC-TM900K, now about $720
Canon VIXIA HF G10, now about $1300
Canon VIXIA HF M40, now about $700
Sony HDR-CX560V, now about $1000