What DV Camera - please help :-)

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  1. fleabane

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    Hi All

    I run a small environmental charity that has funding to buy a DV camera for one of the environmental projects we are involved in - and I'm seeking advice on the best purchase possible

    We have a budget of £500 - ideally do not wish to buy second hand and require the video to capture footage of art installations created by local primary schools in West London.

    None of my staff are DV experts so we really need advice on the best possible buy and long term investment

    Any help will be very much appreciated

    Jean
     
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    When you say DV, do you mean specifically "miniDV", or are you open to any digital camcorder?

    For miniDV, you won't find better than this Sony HC96, even if you spend £500
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108048
    Or the Panasonic GS320 (recently discontinued, if you can find one).

    Or you could go for a HDV model, which can shoot in either DV mode or HDV mode, for a little over budget you can get the excellent Canon HV20
    http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/pl/8-879347/Camcorders/Canon-HV20-Compare-Prices
    or Sony Hc5
    http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/pl/8-866985/Camcorders/Sony-HDR-HC5E-Compare-Prices

    Or there are other choices if you want HDD or flash memory, both high def and non-high def...
     
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    I would just mention too that you might want to consider whether you might ever want to use a separate microphone for your filming? The built-in mic should do a passable job, but depends exactly what you're filming (e.g. interviews, demonstrations), and where the video might end up going (webcast, DVD, broadcast clips?). In which case, a cam with a mic input might prove a better investment for you (I think the Canon HV20 is the only one on Mark's list that has, although I've got a feeling the Sony HC96 and Sony HC5 will accept Sony "hotshoe" mics (or other mics via some sort of adaptor*)).

    And (not wishing to sound patronising, it's never easy to tell what experience people have when they post on a forum!), your budget might want to include a video tripod too (I'd be happy to recommend a Velbon or a Jessops, around £40-ish I think).

    * which Mark's just linked in another post! http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/public/view_item_cat.php?catalogue_number=sony_vmc-k100
     
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    Thanks both - will take a look at the suggestions and may post again depending on further questions :D

    Jean
     

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