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Hello,

Thank you for having such a nice and informative forum.

I'm looking to make a documentary and I don't have so much as a camera yet.
My budget for everything (barring batteries) is $2300

I've researched till I'm blue in the face, and go back and fourth between, nice $2000 camera with just a 300 wireless mic, or slightly cheaper camera, but have a decent tripod, decent wireless, not sure what else I need.

Budget might be able to go a few hundred more, but not much.

I'd end up turning this into a hobby and learn all I can about it, but for now, I badly need advice.

Some have said buy used, others say stay away from any used cameras. Some say Canon, others say JVC, Panasonic, or Sony.

I just don't know what would be good

Canon XA10 seems to be recommended by a few people, which leaves 300 left over for a cheap wireless. Maybe someone could recommend a package, or a list of a few different components that are critical and which way to go. Nice camera, few supplies. Slightly lower camera, more accessories.


I'm a PC guy, and have the processing power to edit the video (although lack the experience and would love to get a video to follow along with editing (software package is no preference)

Thanks everyone I'll be happy to answer any questions, and all replies are appreciated and cared for.
post #2 of 4
IMHO, this forum tends to attract "video gear heads" more than "video artists".

Participants here will argue endlessly over who has the best camcorder. Currently the favorites seem to be the Panasonic TM-900 and the Canon HG G10. The TM-900 is selling at good prices because there is a newer version, the X900M. Both take exceptional video.

For audio, the favorites seem to be the Zoom H1 or H2 recorders. They can function as mics with a wire or be used independently so that the audio can be mixed with the video in editing.

The favorite PC editors seem to be Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier. Both have inexpensive consumer versions and expensive professional versions.

Since you want to do a documentary, you should look for "video artist" advice. My guess is that you will be told any current Sony, Canon or Panasonic camcorder will be good enough and so will any current editing software.

The difficult trick is learning how to use it, not what bran or model you buy.
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your message

100% agreed. I also need some basic instruction in cameras and editing and I'll play around with it for a few
Months to understand techniques and various screens

Put an ad out on craigslist offering to pay for some lessons and didn't receive any responses

Once again thanks. I appreciate the time you took to reply.


QUOTE=bsprague;21862409]IMHO, this forum tends to attract "video gear heads" more than "video artists".

Participants here will argue endlessly over who has the best camcorder. Currently the favorites seem to be the Panasonic TM-900 and the Canon HG G10. The TM-900 is selling at good prices because there is a newer version, the X900M. Both take exceptional video.

For audio, the favorites seem to be the Zoom H1 or H2 recorders. They can function as mics with a wire or be used independently so that the audio can be mixed with the video in editing.

The favorite PC editors seem to be Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier. Both have inexpensive consumer versions and expensive professional versions.

Since you want to do a documentary, you should look for "video artist" advice. My guess is that you will be told any current Sony, Canon or Panasonic camcorder will be good enough and so will any current editing software.

The difficult trick is learning how to use it, not what bran or model you buy.[/quote]
post #4 of 4
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Originally Posted by jeffmasters View Post

.... I also need some basic instruction in cameras and editing and I'll play around with it for a few Months to understand techniques and various screens

The basic instruction for any camcorder you buy will be the instruction manual that comes with it. My Panasonic is printed on paper and my Sony is built into the camera and on the internet.

For editing training, try lynda.com . They have wonderful training programs on several editing programs. If I had discovered it earlier, I would have save a lot of time.
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