Re: suggestions for a CAMCORDER???

From: Jeff Kreines (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 23 2006 - 13:08:58 PDT

I'd look for a Sony HDV-HC1. The new HC3 eliminates the mic input,
though you could hack it as a mic input is available on the accessory
shoe of the camera. You can shoot standard DV or HDV. Tiny, very
nice camera for the money, very good single sensor with nightshot
(use it in B&W for low light shooting.)

The HC3 can be found for $800 or so if you search.

You might spend $100 or $200 on a mini-disc recorder so you can
record double-system sound when you are shooting music -- better not
to tie the audio recording to picture for this sort of thing.

Re batteries, you need to be careful, as the biggest ones (normally
most desirable) can block the eyepiece of the HC3. Also the HC3
isn't as good for manual focus as the HC1.

Good luck.

For audio, I'd recommend a really good microphone, but my choice will
cost more than your entire budget, sadly.

On Jul 23, 2006, at 9:43 AM, David Lee wrote:

> Please, A little helping getting my hands on a
> CAMCORDER. (No cheap rentals from collectives in the
> 21st centry in the backwoods of Washington, DC.)
> Something in the spirit of the Bolex -
> affordable, durable and with manual control.
> I can spend $500, maybe up to $1k (not the $3000
> where the good stuff seems to sell). I use Mac (so no
> mini DVD recorders and has to download to OS X). I
> will be in African situations (so no hard drives,
> unless they are detachable). I care more about good
> sound more than I care about color or image stability
> (so I need something with a microphone boot, and maybe
> the eventual purchase of a microphone.)
> I am presuming it is better to buy new,
> since I donít know how to gage a reliable used
> camcorder.
> GRATEFUL that so many of you wanted to see/hear my
> first DVD. It encourages this 16 m.m. dinosaur. And
> YES, you will be hearing more of my wifeís beautiful
> GOSPEL SINGING FROM SWAZILAND, in its evolving form.
> We will be returning to her country so I can continue
> working with her people with HIV and (in an
> avant-guarde form) recording their culture.
> -David Lee
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