Originally Posted by sleepnsurf
I am looking to buy a consumer camcorder .. How is it different from the professional ones ? How does the best consumer camcorders stack up to the professional ones.
Firstly, what is your budget?
It really depends. For fixed lens cameras generally a pro camcorder will have a superior lens, more picture options, better exposure monitoring, better low light, manual audio, XLR inputs, sometimes built in ND filters, etc.
The Panasonic Gh3 DSLR/Video hybrid could be a great one to consider. It sports very professional features and high recording bit rate at 24p/30p/60p, plus high MP stills for a decent price.