Suggest a sub 1000 video camera?

jojasary

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Could anyone suggest or link me to an average to quality video camera that is USB digital? I knwo the best ones are well over 2000, but my budget is kind of like 1000. Is that possible for me to get an average movie camera for that? thanks
 

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You cant transfer video over USB. firewire ONLY. Or analog if you want, but firewire is recommended.

Get a used GL-1 off ebay maybe. Stay away from GL-2s. they are nice, but have some reliability problems.

See if you can grab a VX-2000 off ebay, its a little better than the GL-1 IMHO.
 

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If you want something a little smaller, the Sony PDX-10 is a good choice.

EDIT: damn, it looks like they're too much :(

It looks like the GL1 is the best value
 

jojasary

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wow the GL1 looks really nice, although it is like 1225 on ebay, which I MAY be able to afford, but does anyone else suggest any other good cameras? Or am I screwed considering my budget?
 

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The GL1 is the minimum I would suggest if you are looking for something serious...

XL1-S's may be getting cheaper soon thanks to the release of the XL2 and they do a decent job
 

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I read on a list of things NEVER to buy used, a video camera was right up there with underwear and toothbrushes.
 

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The Panasonic GS200 is one of the only 3CCD camcorders under $1000. 3 chips means better color and quality. I have one and it's beautiful! You can't get better quality for around $1000.

The only issue I have is with the Electronic Image Stabilization. It's kinda quirky sometimes, so I turn it off when I use a tripod. But the quality is awesome otherwise!

For a little more money, the Panasonic GS400 uses Optical Image Stabilization. Plus it has bigger imaging chips and a bigger lense.

If your budget is close to $1000, you should be leaning towards a 3 chip camcorder.
 

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MScrip said:
The Panasonic GS200 is one of the only 3CCD camcorders under $1000. 3 chips means better color and quality. I have one and it's beautiful! You can't get better quality for around $1000.

The only issue I have is with the Electronic Image Stabilization. It's kinda quirky sometimes, so I turn it off when I use a tripod. But the quality is awesome otherwise!

For a little more money, the Panasonic GS400 uses Optical Image Stabilization. Plus it has bigger imaging chips and a bigger lense.

If your budget is close to $1000, you should be leaning towards a 3 chip camcorder.

QFT

3 CCDs is a must and optical (read gyro) image stabilization will always beat electronic IS.
 

jojasary

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i finally made it to a camera store, and the guy only had a gs120, but he said the gs120 is identical to the 200, besides the 200 has a betetr resolution
 
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