Question by Mario F: Is the panasonic DVX100 camera series a good choice to start a filmmaking career now a days?
I would like to star my own indie filmmaking company. But I don’t really have that much money, so I was thinking in getting the panasonic dvx100b and start working on movies. But I don’t know if that’s a good choice now a days, i mean with the HD and stuff. its just that hd is way more expensive. I rather invest that money on a good editing system. Should I go ahead and start with DV or should I wait longer and save more money and get a HD??
Answer by Mat N
The DVX camera has been a great one for the past 5+ years and is still a really good DV camera. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to put together a film for distribution, then you should hold off and pick up an HD or HDV camera. If you’re just starting out, then I’d check out some of the consumer level stuff from Canon — the HV40 (or its predecessors the HV20/HV30), which runs for around $ 800 and puts out some fantastic 24 fps footage (the HV20/HV30 can both be found for quite a bit less these days and are quality cameras). There have been a lot of fantastic shorts and music videos shot on the HV40 line of cameras and even a few features. Plus, there are a ton of accessories which allow you to take your camera to the next level.
Check it out: http://www.filmsensei.com/2009/06/feature-filmmaking-with-the-canon-hv40/
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