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I'm looking into recording mostly projects such as amateur music videos and various school video projects, but I actually want to spend a little bit more than average flip video camera. I want something to look as professional as possible.

I'm looking at about maybe spending $600 on a video camera. I could possible push $700.

I'm looking at something maybe like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16830120491

Would getting a mic be suggested? If so are they any recommendations on what mic I should get for a videocamera? And do the microphones require a separate power source?

Or should I just get a Canon 60D as I've seen some people recommend over video cameras. Though I'll have to manually focus it?
Edited by nickkay - 8/26/11 at 12:15pm
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well the camera you just linking will be perfectly fine in that price range. anything by canon, panasonic, or sony will do you good. im not trying to say that all cameras in that range are the same performance wise but they are rather close to the average person. the slight differences for the most part dont make one considerably better than any of the others since they are have the same features.

60D is a great camera but be prepared to as you mentioned do manual focus as well as spend money on extra lenses as you use it and you will need to buy a microphone since the on-camera mic for the DSLRs is mono and just not that great, if you do 60D you will need to pick up a RODE mic (what most people are using these days other than recording sound on a separate device such as a H4N which is expensive)

for music videos you wont need a mic since the song is layed over the video track unless you are recording it live. you would need to check to make sure that the camcorder you buy has a jack for 1/8" audio in. and i still suggest the RODE which does require batteries but is a great mic for the money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882329010

and ill go ahead and mention the HV30 since it is the most commonly suggested camera for best video quality for you money. its a bang for your buck camera


can be bought used for 400 or new for 700
Edited by Conspiracy - 8/27/11 at 6:11am
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hm, I don't think I could really stand the lower framerate and resolution from the hv30 and hv40.

and the minidv kinda turns me off on that.

would it be worth it to buy that microphone if I purchased the m40 I linked to?

i've been planing to purchase a DSLR after the videocamera too.

would it be more worth it to buy a something nicer like the 60D instead of a videocamera? I don't really mind manually focusing.
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well if you plan to buy a DSLR then do that rather than buying both a dslr and a camcorder. no point in spending the extra money in my opinion.

a better mic is always worth it and that m40 does have a mic port to plug in an external mic according to the specs and the picture.

the HV30 is an HD camera btw if you need faster than 30p your going to have to go for a dslr which can offer you 60p. any faster than 60 and your looking at a professional highspeed camera that is out of your budget

30p is the standard for video and is what television is broadcasted in.
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Okay. Well I think I'll end up shelling out for the 60D, the rode mic, and a viewfinder.

I'll probably pick up a used HV40 for whatever later on.
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Okay. Well I think I'll end up shelling out for the 60D, the rode mic, and a viewfinder.

I'll probably pick up a used HV40 for whatever later on.
you dont need a viewfinder for the 60D it will show you what you are recording in live view on the LCD
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you dont need a viewfinder for the 60D it will show you what you are recording in live view on the LCD
What I meant was this:


I read how it's easier for one to focus the camera due to the magnification and also easier to balance.
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eh thats personal preference. i have never needed one shooting video with dslr. but then again the past few times i had a 5" LCD video monitor hooked up to it
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