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Hey all,

Well this is my first time here and possibly my first time writing for info on a video subject considering I mainly work in audio, but I'll pretty soon be needing to look into the video avenue.


I'm looking to buy a camera and while I've searched a little and found some mixed results, I thought I'd just ask. I know the basics of this question has been beat around the bush like 100 times, so forgive me if I ask something already mentioned.


Ok I'm trying to stay within a $3000 - $3500 range (though if it's like $200 more, I might consider it). The camera I'm looking for must be able to record in 24p, 1080i (1080p preferred), has good or even great stabilizers, pretty good white balance and works well in low lighting conditions, and hopefully a medium that's easy to find and transfer from (Like SD cards). I prefer not to go with DV disks or tapes as I've found that with disks, it's very common to get noise in the initial audio recording. Ohh and XLR input options, or external audio input options either optical or XLR. Would be great if I can implement a shotgun mic on it as well, and MABE even lens change but not entirely necessary. What I've heard around is that the bigger the CMOS chip is or something the better it is at night shooting? Sorry I'm not completely sure.


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What I'm looking at right now based on test footage I've seen, and a couple ratings is the Sony HDR-AX20000. I'm not a big video head (yet) so I'm not even sure if this camera is even current ^_^.


What was recommended to me by a friend and a couple others was some kind of DSLR like the Canon 5D MKII (or just wait for the MKIII). They claim it will give me a lot more control especially since it's light and the lens is interchangeable, but what I've read around a couple places is that it's a lot more complex especially for beginner shooter like me and works better as a compliment to an existing video camera rig rather than your primary. Even though I may not be doing a lot of the shooting myself, I'd still like to know how to use my equipment lol.


Despite the quality and the connivence of these DSLR cameras like the MKII, I'm also not too pleased about the 15min record time to protect the camera from over heat. This makes it inconvenient if I need to record a band show. What was suggested then was to use two or more DSLR cameras instead which makes sense, but then goes back to the initial problem of me being a beginner.


In general, I'm using the camera to record band shows (hence why I need low lighting support) possibly some novice indie music videos, and interviews for EPK's. Please help with this dilemma. Any camera suggestion or otherwise is welcomed
. Please dont break my wallet though lol.
 

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Why not get a Canon XA10? It'll save you money over the other camcorder and it's a great camera and one up from the one I have.

It's great in lowlight and meet all your criteria and costs around $2k.

Oh and it also has dual XLR inputs which you will need for your audio.

You won't get anything that's better in low light. I think it's 24p in a 60i container but I'm not sure about that. I have the G10 and it has a 24p mode that I don't use.
 

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I'm about to look up some more test footage on the Canon XA10 as it does look really good. Spec wise, I did see that it has one 1/3" CMOS sensor where the Sony has three. I've seen somewhere debating which condition technically better in lower light but I'm not entirely sure yet.


I did and at one point was interested in the Panasonic HMC150. After seeing some tests with how it handles lens glare though and compared to the default color response from Sony and some of the Canon's and even some of the DSLR's out there, I wasn't too sure about it.


I will admit I've been a Cannon fan for a while, but it wasn't till I saw some test footage of the Sony (and also considering my price range) where I considered it.
 
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