View Full Version : Which video camera should I buy?

09-22-2007, 11:05 AM
I know this doesn't realate to LW but I really need your opinions and I am assuming that most of the people on this forum are into filmmaking. Ok so I need to film a horror for my Media Arts class, and I can use their GL2's but there are only 4 of them So I want to have my own 3CCD Camera. I am very limited on cash so the two links below are the only ones I have to choose from.

Here are my opinions on them"

I really like the JVC becuase it has the focus ring and I heard it has better video quality, and I like that the camera rotates, so that you cans ee the LCD Screen in the back. BUT, it films to MPEG-2 which I guess doesn't really matter becuase I have Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. I also don't like that is a Micro Dive Camera, and I would prefer Mini-DV. I also like the lens hood this camera has. I also don't like that you connect to the camera with a USB Cable.

Now the Panasonic. I really like this camera becuase it is 100 dollars less than the JVC, it films onto Mini DV tapes, and it has a firewire connection. I don't like this camera becuase it doesn't have a focus ring and I think all 3CCD cameras should.

So if I buy the JVC it is only becuase the focus ring and the LCD Screen.

If I buy the Panasonic it is only becuase of the Mini DV tapes and the firewire connection.

Which camera would you guys buy? I need to order it buy sunday so...thanks for the help in advance:D


09-22-2007, 12:03 PM
If you're talking about the Panasonic DVX100, that does have a focus ring.

09-22-2007, 12:34 PM
No, I'm talking about the Panasonic PV-GS320 and the JVC GZ-MC500. The links are in the last post if you want to check out the specs. I really need help with choosing the best one. Which one would you go with?

09-24-2007, 02:35 PM
well both don't have mic inputs so that would rule them out for me...
just try recording anything other than a tea party with the built in mic...
you ususally hear more of the motors on the camera and wind noise than your subjects...

i surpose it all depends on your budget...but i'd go for a HDcamcorder thesedays and most probably a sony as they know what they're doing...or a canon camera.

digital verve
09-24-2007, 05:43 PM
A good forum to find out more info on cameras:


The Sony Z1 and the newer V1 are good solid cameras. Canon, JVC (like the HD110) are decent HD cameras too. Depends on your budget.

09-24-2007, 06:06 PM
You might want to ask in the VT and/or Speed Edit sections here. That's where the guys who use that stuff daily hang out and many don't check other sections for posts.

Also try searching those forums if you have not already.
I remember a few recent questions about camera purchases.


09-25-2007, 01:18 PM
Thanks for all the help guys! I just ordered the Panasonic the other day, should be here soon.

Cresshead, I am disappointed as well that there is no mic inputs in the camera considering I really do need one, but at my Video and Media Arts class we use the GL2's and I am short on money so...

09-29-2007, 05:40 PM
Try this camera that I reviewed: http://www.klardesign.com/blog/2007/06/panasonic-ag-dvc20.html

I own one and for the price it is outstanding.

09-29-2007, 07:15 PM
If you need mic in buy NV-GS230EG-S...

I would buy NV-GS320EG-S Doenst have mic in... So i have NV-GS230EG-S

I would prefer buy one with MiniDVD...

Have nice days. :)

09-29-2007, 07:22 PM
I forgot....NV-GS500EG-S has MIC IN with Leica Objectiv. But its expensive then others...