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Video Cameras - What should I tell Santa?

Postby Snoopy » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:46 pm

Hi

I am a newbie, recently purchased Premiere 10 but do not own a video camera. Am looking at asking Santa for a video camera, his budget for me will be between $300 - $400 (AUD). I already own a Canon DSLR 500D camera.

What should I tell Santa:

What camera to get me; or
What cameras not to get me.

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Re: Video Cameras - What should I tell Santa?

Postby VernonRobinson » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:16 am

Since the 500D records video, is there any specific reason that you are requesting a movie camera? There are some difficulties in using a DSLR to record video, specifically rolling shutter issues. But if you are filming family and friends instead of race cars, it might not be much of an issue. I might be tempted to get another quality lense for my collection if you are not experiencing issues and your lense collection is not yet complete.

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Re: Video Cameras - What should I tell Santa?

Postby Snoopy » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:01 am

Hi Vernon

My camera can take about 30 mins of video (according manual). When I check out video cameras they talk abut being to take up to 2 hours or so of filming.

I have not been able to establish if the 30 mins of my camera is before an SD card is full or the battery runs out??

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Re: Video Cameras - What should I tell Santa?

Postby VernonRobinson » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:03 am

The 30 minutes is more than likely an file size limitation. But I can't be sure. According to docs on your unit below, looks like you could not have a 1080P clip longer than approximately 12 minutes before you reach the file size limitation. While I tend to film in small snippets, this would never work for a school play, or a sporting event. So now I understand better why you are looking for another video camera.

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P.S. The 20 fps for 1080p will likely give you the rolling shutter effect too easily. Another reason for a dedicated video camera.


Sizes

- 1920 x 1080 (1080P) at 20 fps
- 1280 x 720 (720P) at 30 fps
- 640 x 480 (VGA) at 30 fps



Audio 44.1kHz Mono (Internal Mic)

Format Quicktime MOV using H.264 codec, PCM codec for audio

File size 5.5 MB/sec (1080P), 3.7 MB/sec (720P), 2.8 MB/sec (VGA)

Max file size per clip 4.0 GB

Running time 12 min for 1080P, 18 min for 720P, 24 min for VGA
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Re: Video Cameras - What should I tell Santa?

Postby Steve Grisetti » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:51 am

Beyond that, there are some very nice deals on "used" AVCHD camcorders at Amazon.com within that price range. (If you look on eBay, you may even find even better deals on HDV and miniDV tape-based camcorders.)

Used camcorders -- especially tape-based DV and HDV cams -- can be great values. They equipment still works great. People have just fallen in love with hard drive and other storage based camcorders. So, if you don't mind a little cosmetic damage, I highly recommend Santa do a little bargain shopping.
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