Originally Posted by Langit
As I've mentioned I'm going for a very specific look, and these sample videos have it. I really appreciate all the suggestions, but all these cameras that have been mentioned seem to be super sharp HD quality, producing very similar shots to what you'd see on National Geographic
. The first video sample is of a family on vacation in 2004, and I'm sure they used a very simple and cheap handycam - I just wanted to see if anyone was familiar with a late 90s to 2000 handycam model that would give this color saturated, almost-film-like buttery movement.
You want to focus on editing software to get a certain look. You could color it yourself or use including filters in the software or buy additional filters that are compatible with the editing software.
It is better to capture the best quality possible with a "flat" look and then use editing software such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere to color or even degrade the footage to a lower resolution, if you want.
If you start with poor quality and are dependent on the camera settings alone, you have less control over the image. You could, for example, shoot in high quality HD and then use a filter in an editor to make it look like it was shot on a 1970's Super 8 camera. You could take the same HD footage and make it look like it was shot on a camcorder from the late 1990's or polish it up to make it look even better than the original HD.
But you couldn't, for example put a digital copy of old Super-8 footage into your editor and make it look as good as the original HD footage. So, you want to look into getting a camera or camcorder that can capture high quality HD images with features such as good low light, dynamic range and research the best editing software for your needs/budget.Edited by xfws - 1/5/13 at 8:37am