Question by justin white: New camcorder. Short films. Digital, hard drive? 0-0. Maybe a little higher than that.?
I am an aspiring filmmaker. I like to do a lot of editing.
Answer by jettoblack
Hard drive units are not ideal for editing. Most pro editing software supports DV and HDV (also P2, XDCAM and HDCAM but they’re way beyond your budget). Hard drive camcorders use MPEG-2 or AVCHD which use a lower bitrate and have lower quality than the above formats. You also need special workarounds to edit the footage which results in even lower quality.
Anyway you won’t find a good hard drive camcorder in that price range because to get the price that low, the manufacturer has to seriously compromise the budget spent on sensor and lens quality. You’d do much better with a miniDV camcorder. $ 700 will get you an excellent HDV camcorder that is very popular with indie filmmakers: the Canon HV20.
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