what video camera is best?

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c-r

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Can anyone please tell me the latest models of camera for a product that could be possibly (eventually) shown in a theatre? I'm interested in documentary and travel so lightweight/hand held sort of thing.
Thanks :)
 

tiramisushi

New member
if you're doing documentary, the hvx200 probably wouldn't work due to the p2 card issue. have you looked into the canon xh-a1? another one to consider may be the sony v1u. good luck.
 
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Walter Graff

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Any camera can. Some of the least expensive cameras have been used on numerous films that ended up in theaters so don't look for a gold standard in equipment, rather look for a good story. Story will trump any other issue in production.
 
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c-r

Guest
thanks

thanks

thanks to both of you for your answers, very helpful.
If I was to get a cheaper camera (i was hoping to spend a max of $2000) do you have recommendations in that range?
 
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BenB

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I'm doing a very large documentary project with the HVX200 and the FS-100, and I love it. It's perfect for doc work, and P2 ENHANCES your workflow, not hinder it.
 

Tim Kolb

New member
I think that overall, the concept of tape being the only possible storage medium for documentary work is passing as the media gets less and less expensive.

P2 is actually far superior to video tape for robustness...the harddrives you empty the cartridges onto however, aren't.

However...it's probably not a ton different than shooting film, the data storage (harddrives) need to avoid heavy shock, and exposed film needs to stay sealed, water and light-tight.

P2 has a relatively large advantage in that you can delete botched or unusable shots in the field without having to shuttle through and sort it in the logging step prior to post. If you have a lot of hours of footage, this can have quite an impact.

HDV is OK for this type of work, and the tapes are very easy to carry, but these days so many of us carry laptops anyway that off loading P2 cards at the end of the day onto harddrives isn't as bad as one might think if you plan for it.

I use the FireStore products and like them a lot and BenB mentions that he uses a FireStore disk recorder to increase capacity. This kind of gives you the best of both worlds...roll to P2 when you're riding in the back of the bumpy truck pursuing the poachers across the veldt, and use the FireStore for the long and informative interview with the park ranger in his office...
 
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jenny07

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well, i would recommend u this video camera, although it is not a brand, but just works fine with me. and it basically meet ur need.
 
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