Help please-absolute beginner

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by cvickery, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. cvickery

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    My son is due to start an AS level in Film & Video in September. We've never owned one before but now need to get a camcorder before then. All I know is that s/h is ok and that they will be using Premier 5 to edit on PC. It will prob only be used for this course but I might have a little play. Any help with regard to format/features would be appreciated.

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    Chris
     
  2. gringottsdirect

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    Look for a model with DV In/Out.
     
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    As you can tell by my nickname, I'm somewhat of a beginner myself when it comes to camcorders. However, I do have some good advice: -

    The magazine 'what camcorder' (hee hee) is very very useful. If you fancy a particular type of model try looking at the reviews.

    I found talking to alot of people about camcorders very useful.

    I also found it useful going round to various shops and asking their opinions. This also lets you have a good look at the camcorders available because there are alot on the market!

    Hope this helps
     
  4. gringottsdirect

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    Camcorder Novice,
    Sensible advice, no-one will argue with you there.
     
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    For best value, look at 'run out' models I.e. last years. If the budget will stretch to it, go for a 3 chip model. Panasonic or Sony are to be preferred but the Canon would be equally acceptable. You should be able to find the Panasonic 3 chip for anything from 900 to 1300. Don't forget to budget for extra battery(s) (High capacity) also, a decent tripod and probabaly wide angle converter.
     

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