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In the ever-changing, innovative world of video production, making a new camcorder-purchasing decision requires up-to-date knowledge of the latest features available, along with an understanding of tried-and-true technology. Even seasoned professionals will need to take some time to research the myriad choices offered, then carefully determine which camera fits their needs. The specific requirements of wedding videography add another dimension to the process.

Reliability, exceptional video in low-light conditions, and high optical zoom range are some of the more important features you should be looking for when selecting a video camera suitable for wedding coverage. In addition, consider media format, audio inputs and the size and “look” of the camera. A handheld camera might shoot HD video, but will you stand out as a "professional" videographer without a decent-sized camera on your shoulder, or a solid tripod?

As you look over the wide range of cameras, you will, no doubt, be taking your clientele into account. Will you be covering high-end weddings with multiple cameras, are you currently at the entry level or perhaps shooting your very first wedding for a family member? Do you want all the bells and whistles or are you a purist who prefers sticking to the basics and keeping life simple? Ultimately, your list of preferences is unique to your work style and ergonomic requirements. In order to assist you with your decision, we have reviewed a variety of models selected specifically for capturing a couple's wedding-day memories.

Advanced and Intermediate-Level Camcorders

The Sony PXW-X200 is the successor to a perennial favorite—the PMW-200. It records up to 1080p60 video using the efficient XAVC Intra and Long GOP codecs with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. To fit into existing workflows, MPEG HD422, HD420, and DV recording options are available. Dual SxS memory card slots are provided, while simultaneous recording to two cards is possible for instant data redundancy and backup copies of your files. With 4 channels of high-quality, 48 kHz, 16-bit LPCM, you will have all the audio capabilities needed to cover every element of a wedding weekend. Shooting in low light is no problem with this camcorder. Three Full HD 1/2" Exmor CMOS sensors and a fast maximum aperture (f/1.9 on a Fujinon 17x optical zoom lens) will thrill you with the exceptional video you can capture under the chandeliers, in dimly lit reception halls. Weighing slightly more than five pounds, this camera is heavy enough for stability, yet won’t wear you out during hours of shooting. For a semi-shoulder mounted solution, the Sony PMW-300K1 is also worth considering.

Sony’s PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors. While it won’t reach the low-light capabilities of the larger 1/2" sensors of the PXW-X200, its 25x Sony G zoom lens offers more reach than the PXW-X200. It offers 10-bit 4:2:2 recording in a variety of codecs, with up to 1080p60 available in the XAVC Long GOP codec. Another useful feature is the camcorder’s Wi-Fi remote capability, when paired with the optional Wi-Fi adapter. This is invaluable for the “one-person band” shooting with two or more cameras, as it will let you monitor and control setting remotely using your smartphone or tablet.

JVC produces the GY-HM600 ProHD Camera, another worthy professional-class camera to consider. The HM600 can record up to 1080/59.41i HD video in MOV: H.264, MP4 and AVCHD. The Fujinon zoom lens features an impressive 23x optical zoom ratio. Standard sensitivity is rated for f/11 at 2000 lux for exceptional quality in low light. Two channels of 48 kHz 16-bit audio recording with 2 XLR inputs and a 3.5mm mini jack round out this advanced package.

The GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Camera offers the same features as the HM600, but with the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity and FTP server support. This compact camera allows you to record and automatically transmit footage to your home or office, a nifty feature if your editor is standing by for a “day of” presentation at the reception that evening. Like the HM600, the HM650 weighs 5.3 lb, giving you stability on the shoulder without being the heaviest camcorder in this roundup.

Sony’s HXR-NX5U is another solid performer. Its versatility in capturing different formats may fit nicely into your profile as well. Able to record 720/60p video in addition to 60i, 30p and 24p, this camera is versatile and easy to operate. The zoom range gets extremely high marks (20x G-Lens, optimized for advanced image processing) and you can choose to record on Memory Stick or SDHC cards.

If you are looking for a camera that supports both NTSC and PAL standards, Panasonic has built a camera for you to consider: AG-AC160A AVCCAM HD Handheld Camcorder. In today’s marketplace, worldwide compatibility might be an important enough factor to give this camera a closer look. Like many of the other cameras in this category, the AG-AC160A captures video at a variety of frame rates. This capacity allows you to create your own unique “look.” Shooting in 60p and playing back in 24p, for instance, gives you a very smooth slow-motion effect to incorporate into your final product. 

If 1080p isn’t enough resolution for you and you’re ready to enter the world of 4K Ultra HD recording, then you may be interested in the Sony PXW-Z100. In today’s marketplace, the ability to record high-resolution images can do wonders for your business. It also makes for a good investment as the industry makes the transition to 4K. The PXW-Z100 utilizes Sony’s XVAC 4:2:2 10-bit intra frame recording format, which is the same found in their digital cinema PMW-F55 CineAlta camera. It can record true 4K (4096x2160) resolution video at up to 50 and 60fps – perfect for capturing those special moments. Of course, you can also record 1080p video if you’re workflow isn’t ready for 4K file sizes. Rounding out the camcorder is a G lens with 20x optical zoom and three control rings, dual XQD memory card slots, and 4K HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI interfaces.

Intermediate and Entry-Level Camcorders

There are a number of camcorders at the entry (and slightly above entry) level that will produce High Definition video and provide professional-quality audio as well.

Beginning with Panasonic’s well-balanced and impressive AG-AC90 AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder, the variety of options in this class is surprisingly good. The AG-AC90 looks much like the cameras in the advanced category, yet weighs only 3.3 lb. Since it shoots HD 1080p /1080i and boasts two XLR inputs, this camera does provide you with excellent pictures and sound, especially in optimal conditions. It also features Five-Axis optical image stabilization, which makes for smoother handheld videos.

Innovation is the key word to use when describing Sony’s combination camcorder / projector: the 96GB HXR-NX30 Palm Size NXCAM HD Camcorder with Projector. In addition to the built-in projector, Balanced Optical SteadyShot is the standout feature here. This image-stabilization system isolates the entire optical block from the rest of the camera body for exception results. The built-in projector could be that special standout element you bring to the table. Projecting raw footage on a wall during the reception is just one of the many possibilities you might consider. The HXR-NX30 also has XLR inputs and a 10x optical, 17x extended Carl Zeiss Lens. It has a single 1/2” ExmorR CMOS sensor and an internal 96GB flash memory capacity.

If you are looking for an easy-to-use, entry-level camcorder with a professional look, Sony’s HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder is an excellent choice. It weighs a hefty 6.2 lb, sports a nifty flip-up LCD above the color viewfinder, and has an ergonomic handle with Record button and zoom control for those essential low-angle shots. It has a single 1/4" Exmor R CMOS sensor and is equipped with a built-in LED light to assist in lower-light situations. There is a 3.5mm mini-jack input and a built-in 2-channel stereo shotgun microphone.

The HDR-PJ810V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector is also a versatile and handy little camera/projector. With full HD 1920 x 1080 60p recording capability and a built-in video light, the PJ810V would be an ideal second or third camera to have for covering a wedding, in part because it is so easy to use and complements your package with a very capable projector. It also takes 20 megapixel still pictures (32GB flash storage included). The HDR-PJ710V features a Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom and Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Sony’s Tracking Focus function and Intelligent Auto give you the ability to multitask while the camera does the work. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel Surround Mic will surprise you with its clarity. In addition, there is a mic input for your wireless unit, and the accessory shoe will hold a small receiver.

As with the advanced and intermediate level options, Sony also offers a 4K consumer camcorder with their FDR-AX100. The 1" Emxor R CMOS sensor is large – approximately 8x larger than typical camcorders. This lets you get some cinematic shots with a pleasing shallow depth of field. What makes the camcorder truly versatile is its recording options, letting you capture 4K Ultra HD 3840x2160 video at 24 and 30 fps, as well as Full HD 1920x1080 video in XAVC S, AVCHD, or web-optimized MP4. Like the HDR-PJ810V, it also features a 12x optical zoom lens and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC support even lets you use your smartphone or tablet. If you don’t need 4K recording, then consider the nearly identical HDR-CX900 instead.

As you can see from this diverse sampling of excellent camcorders, the variety of file formats, lenses and audio packages can be quite a bit to digest. You will likely see one or two cameras that pique your interest and will serve your clients’ needs as well as your own. When you reach that point, come into our NYC SuperStore, visit us on the Internet for a live chat, or contact us by phone at 1-800-606-6969.

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Greetings!

I own a bar and wanted to put a camera on the bar at face height so when customers come up we can interact with people and record their experiences etc. So the shot is predominately stationary trying to just capture people from the bust up for "close up" interactions. Because it's a bar, it's loud and rather low light. I am looking for something with a small footprint that handles a few specifics (in order of importance).

1: solid sound in a loud environment or the ability to add a mic 

2: functions well in low light situations

3: offers an easy way to "bookmark" moments on the fly for easy editing later (so we don't waste time fiddling with the equipment when we need to be selling drinks) 

4: is durable and if possible waterproof/resistant

I am currently interested in the Hero5 and wanted to make sure there wasn't a better option since I'm not really "in action".

Hi Matthew - 

Consider these cameras (both do a nice job in low-light) that will save you a few dollars and may be perfect for your application.  I would also suggest a suction cup mount:

Proudly displaying the Tough badge of honor, the black Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker is a rugged action camera ready to capture all of the action in resolutions up to UHD 4K at 30 fps. Compared to other action cameras, the TG-Tracker doesn't require a separate camera housing to provide its toughness, with its body shockproof from drops up to 7' and waterproof to depths of 98.4'. It's also dustproof and will operate in temperatures as low as 14°F, so whether you're at the beach on at the top of the slope, the camera is up to the task.

Incorporating optical image stabilization and 4K recording, Sony's FDR-X3000 Action Camera produces sharp videos and still images with reduced motion artifacts from vibrations and other camera movement. The ultra-wide-angle lens opens up versatile framing options for recording your adventures, and the included underwater housing is watertight to 197', letting you plumb aquatic depths right out of the box.  (NOTE:  No external microphone input)

The DDMOUNT MINI Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount from Delkin Devices is a locking suction cup camera mount that makes video and photography possible from almost any smooth surface, especially when size and weight are critical--on surfboards, motorcycles, wakeboards, ATVs, helmets, windows and more. With an adjustable joint and a 3" extension bar, it's also easy to set up shots over a windshield, around an instrument panel, over a binding, or anywhere else where a standard tripod or camera mount wouldn't work.

EXTERNAL MICROPHONE:

The Polsen OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone is an all-in-one solution for recording hands-free audio to both channels of your camcorder or DSLR, as well as most devices with a 3.5mm mic-level input that cannot supply phantom power. It is a self-powered clip-on electret condenser mic designed for accurate voice reproduction in home and video webcasting applications such as presentations, interviews, dictation, and corporate video. The microphone's small, 21-mm long lightweight body allows for discrete placement with the included tie-clip while its 20-foot long cable gives you ample distance from your recording device.

Featuring a 3.5mm dual-mono TRS output connector, the mic sends audio to both the left and right channels of your recorder. Thanks to its omnidirectional polar pattern, the OLM-10 provides a uniform response that will not cause the bass-boosting proximity effect common with cardioid patterns, while allowing you to move freely without off-axis rejection causing a drop in volume. The in-line power switch allows you to quickly mute the microphone as well as preserve battery life when not in use. A windscreen for reduced noise and plosives, 1/4" adapter, and LR44 battery are included.

Hi. I am an wedding videographer planning to upgrate my video camera from HD TO 4K . i am really confused  should i  buy PANASONIC AG UX 180 or go for SONY PXW-X150  can u please suggest a best camera foe me. 

Hi Allwin - 

For the wedding or event shooter I like:

The Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.

I want to start some road trip videos on my bike. I want to buy a compact camera which will serve both as helmet camera (people generally us action camera) and for filming tourist places like forts, markets, beaches, landscape etc. The camera must be under 200gm. I was thinking about Sony dsc wx220 but it's old camera. Any suggestions plz.

Hi Vikrant - 

I love this system:

Incorporating optical image stabilization and 4K recording, Sony's FDR-X3000 Action Camera produces sharp videos and still images with reduced motion artifacts from vibrations and other camera movement. The ultra-wide-angle lens opens up versatile framing options for recording your adventures, and the included underwater housing is watertight to 197', letting you plumb aquatic depths right out of the box. For those that want precise control over framing, Sony's Live-View Remote is included. The LCD screen provides confidence monitoring as well as remote camera control.

I noticed there were no Panasonic cameras in the lower "budget" section of this list. What do you have to say about the HC- series from Panasonic with 4K ? Is the Sonys better in any way?

Hi Fredrik -

The HC  Panasonic cameras are quite comparable but the Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder  has the best sensor:

The Sony FDR-AX100 Full HD Camcorder brings 4K Ultra HD video to the palm of your hand, delivering resolution four times that of Full HD. The 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor is approximately 8x larger than that of typical camcorders, allowing you to capture cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field for defocused backgrounds. The camcorder features a wide-angle Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom plus 24x Clear Image digital zoom. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode delivers smooth video, and 3-Way-Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother results.

I need a camera for video shoot at home mostly my kids activities , my 1 year daughter walking etc...;

I bought the Gopro Hero 4 and 5 , gave me noisy quality if the light is not that bright (if daylight is great).

Got the Nikon D5500 good quality but the video will blur then focus on my kids activities can not give you the constatnt crystal clear quality .

Bought the Sony FDR-AX33 , the video quality is not that great if the light is not bright.

I almost gave up , all what I need in evening time at home to shoot excellent quality video, please advise

Hi Tom - 

     If you require 4K, then consider the Sony FDR-AX100 Full HD Camcorder  which brings 4K Ultra HD video to the palm of your hand, delivering resolution four times that of Full HD. The 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor is approximately 8x larger than that of typical camcorders, allowing you to capture cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field for defocused backgrounds.  The back-illuminated technology improves low-light sensitivity and combines with Sony's Column A/D Conversion to reduce noise by 50%. This is great when shooting in dimly lit environments such as night landscapes or indoor scenes. This camcorder features a wide-angle Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom plus 24x Clear Image digital zoom. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode delivers smooth video, and 3-Way-Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother results.  

you do not think AX53 will be much different in low light settings ?

All I need is a camera that can feel like quality footage while being relatively cheap (probably under 500 bucks).  As long as the footage looks good, it has an internal stabilizer (not a necessity but it would be nice), has good sound quality, and can zoom in and do other basic things like that, I'm satisfied.  Just in case it helps, I just make short films with my friends, which we take kinda seriously, and we're looking for a new camera that can do all that (really the only difference from our current camera is the video and audio quality, but it doesn't have to be hollywood-level)

Hi Jacob - 

     The Sony HDR-CX675 Full HD Handycam Camcorder features a wide-angle Sony G 30x optical zoom lens and Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 5-Axis Intelligent Active mode to help you capture smooth and stable footage throughout the zoom range, even while on the move. Intuitive, grab-and-go operation is further benefited thanks to a Fast Intelligent AF system that works to help keep your subjects in sharp focus. The camcorder's Exmor R CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor combine to support 1080p video up to 60 fps and still images up to 9.2MP, with files recorded to either microSD memory cards or the internal 32GB of flash memory. Advanced features include a 5.1 channel built-in zoom microphone external microphone input, manual mic level control,  interval photo capture for creating time-lapse videos, and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity for wireless control and file sharing.

I am just starting out filming my own mini docs. I want something intuitive and user friendly as I am not a techy person at all. I also care for great image quality and maybe internal stabilizer. Ideally it will be cost-efficient as well. Advice is welcomed. Thanks so much!!!! Excited to finally shoot on my own!!

Hi Michelle - 

The Panasonic AG-UX90 4K/HD Professional Camcorder records UHD 4K at up to 30p, and FHD up to 60p in variable frame mode. The camera supports 59.94, which is analogous to NTSC, making the camera compatible with US broadcast standards. Featuring an integrated 15x optical zoom lens and a 1" type sensor, UHD, and HD in MOV, MP4. The camera is also capable of recording HD in the AVCHD format.

The AG-UX90 offers gamma settings for eight different scenarios, and manual control rings for iris, zoom, and focus. To monitor the status of all settings, and to perform critical focusing functions, the camcorder features both a high-quality 3.5" LCD touch screen and a full-color LCoS 0.24" viewfinder with 1,560,000 dots of resolution. It incorporates two SD slots that allow for simultaneous recording in UHD and HD. You can also choose relay recording, which allows the recording to shift from one card slot to the other as the card fills up.

Panasonic Optical Technology

The integrated Leica Dicomar 15x zoom lens was designed specifically for professional HD video production and features a 24.5mm equivalent focal length on the wide end of the zoom when recording FHD for a 24.5-367.5mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range and a 35.4 to 531mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range when shooting in UHD. The lens combines four lens groups and incorporates Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and when shooting in HD it supports 5-Axis Hybrid image stabilization.                         

My nephew was just accepted into the Olympic Development Program for soccer, and requested I video all of his games so that he can review what he does and make improvements.  I am considering the Sony AX53.  Do you think this will be adequate?

Hi Kinga - 

Great choice!  Not adequate - superb and more than equal to the tasks you describe.

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines a Zeiss 20x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity image sensor to produce crisp and high-quality UHD 4K video. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor supports UHD 4K video capture at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec and features pixels that are approximately 1.6x larger than the previous model for enhanced performance in all conditions, particularly low-light scenarios. The camcorder also features Sony's Balance Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to help produce smooth and stable footage throughout the zoom range. Further enhancements include improved autofocus speed and accuracy, a lower-noise built-in microphone, and a high-speed 1080p 120 fps recording mode to create high-resolution slow-motion content.

I am a high school teacher and just started a Media Arts class.  We've got a couple point and shoot cameras as well as GoPros.  We have a donated Canon XA10 - but we have mainly been relying on camera phones as the majority of our projects are classroom art project based and our focus has been on getting familiar with the Adobe Creative package.  However, we have recently been offered a job to film many of our school's soccer games and to put together a highlight reel of sorts.  I anticipate using the XA10 but want to purchase another comparable camera.  What recommendations do you have?  

Hi Robbie -

Why not another XA-10?  

The Canon XA10 HD Professional Camcorder is a fully featured, ultra-compact pro video camera that shares nearly all the functionality of the XF100, but in an even smaller, run-and-gun form factor. Sporting a 64GB internal flash drive and two SDXC-compatible card slots, the XA10 can record literally for days without running out of memory. Able to capture AVCHD video at bitrates up to 24Mbps, the camcorder's native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor also lets you choose 60i, 24p, PF30, and PF24 frame rates for customizing the look of your footage. Bringing further professional oomph to that footage is a Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, with lowlight sensitivity and a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 30.4mm-304mm. The lens features a 58mm front filter thread.

Hi!  I am wanting to buy a video camera for my 13 year old daughter who is interested in film making and video editing.  She would need something entry-level as she has only been filming with her iPhone.
 

Hi Amy - 

     Whether up close or far away, the white Canon VIXIA HF R700 lets you capture sharp and steady Full HD video by combining a 57x Advanced Zoom range and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer. It features a 3.28MP CMOS image sensor and a DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor that delivers up to 1080/60p video. Video is recorded to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in either MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) or AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) formats. A 3" capacitive LCD touch panel is provided for easy framing, quick playback, and intuitive operation. Designed with all levels of users in mind, the HF R700 has a wide range of features to automatically adjust image stabilization, zoom magnification, and image control settings to help you get the best possible images. Highlight Priority mode allows you to capture a more natural looking image, and the camera supports fast and slow motion recording. A high-capacity battery is included for longer shooting times.

Hi. I am looking for a camcorder to record my daughter's competitive cheer competitions. They are indoors and lighting is challenging as well as the loud music. We like to transfer to DVD to watch on our TV, which is when we learned our old camcorder is an SD not HD and the picture was blind of blurry.

Hi Chris -

This is our best selling SONY camcorder:

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines a Zeiss 20x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity image sensor to produce crisp and high-quality UHD 4K video. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor supports UHD 4K video capture at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec and features pixels that are approximately 1.6x larger than the previous model for enhanced performance in all conditions, particularly low-light scenarios. The camcorder also features Sony's Balance Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to help produce smooth and stable footage throughout the zoom range. Further enhancements include improved autofocus speed and accuracy, a lower-noise built-in microphone, and a high-speed 1080p 120 fps recording mode to create high-resolution slow-motion content.

Hi Chris -

This is our best selling SONY camcorder:

The Sony FDR-AX53 is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines a Zeiss 20x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity image sensor to produce crisp and high-quality UHD 4K video. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor supports UHD 4K video capture at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec and features pixels that are approximately 1.6x larger than the previous model for enhanced performance in all conditions, particularly low-light scenarios. The camcorder also features Sony's Balance Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology to help produce smooth and stable footage throughout the zoom range. Further enhancements include improved autofocus speed and accuracy, a lower-noise built-in microphone, and a high-speed 1080p 120 fps recording mode to create high-resolution slow-motion content.

Hi there! I am looking to be able to record my daughter's band performances while also taking a still without interrupting the recording. My iPhone does this but the quality is not there. I'm not looking for professional grade but something where when she graduates, I can give her a drive of her performances, as well as a book of printed quality photos from the performances. I don't know anything about video editing/extracting software so that could perhaps be the way to go but would prefer the option of recording and taking stills simultaneously. Thank you in advance!

Hi, I want to buy a camcorder. I currently have a Sony HDR-CX240 which I have been using for the last few years recording my sons soccer outdoor full field games. I want better quality video, even on the best settings this camera does not produce video quality even close to what you see on TV. It works ok for slower and closer applications. Is there any camcorder for under $600 that will work a lot better for my use? Something that may get me closer to the quality of the HD sports we see on TV today. My sons I-Pad and I-Phone produce much better quality video than my camcorder, they just don't have the range to capture video across a soccer field.

Hi Jim -

Please bear in mind that the images that we all enjoy on television are typically created with cameras costing thousands of dollars and produced with sophistcated lighting and editing techniques as well. A camcorder in your stated budget range may offer some improvement but still cannot rival much of what you may viewing on a televison broadcast.

Here is my best recommendation:

     The Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder (Refurbished) shoots 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at 60i, in native 24p and 30p. With the 24p frame rate option you can give your footage a cinematic look. Using Cinema-Looks Filters you can boost that film look with multiple built-in adjustable filters. The HF G20 (Refurbished) features a genuine Canon 10x HD video lens with an 8-Blade iris, for more professional-looking video and stills. It has a 30.4 to 304mm (35mm equivalent) focal length. The camcorder is also equipped with a Canon HD CMOS Pro image sensor that supports improved low-light performance and a wide dynamic range.

Thanks Mark,

Since writing my question I did a lot more research. Looks like I have to spend a little more money to get what I need. I can get a 4K camcorder on sale for around $700.00. Leaning toward that.

Looking for a video camera to shoot on the street in settings such as corporate meetings and even bars to record live magic shows. Low light and sound are common issues in these enviornments as well as ambient noise. Recording times up to three hours on battery is ideal as well as that will cover all performance timings. Video footage will be used on Youtube, demo videos and even resold live shows. Thanks for the suggestions!!

So good I whot to no more a abot video camera

I am looking for a video camera to shoot live smallt to mid-size public meetings.  I need the ability to zoom in on people rising to speak as well as microphone audio that is flexible for close and far away speakers (maybe with wireless microphones).  I don't know what other equipment I may need to connect it all to my computer which will in turn be connected to ustream via wifi.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Hi Jack -

The Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.

The CS-1e Mono Shotgun Microphone from Sanken is a professional microphone specifically designed for boompole and video camera mounted applications alike. The CS-1e features a short, lightweight design that remains hidden from video camera frames, yet comfortable to operate while mounted onto a boompole. In addition to its convenient size, the CS-1e's DC biased condenser capsule and output electronics yield uncanny directivity and long range, greatly minimizing off-axis noise and feedback. Its extended reach and improved low-frequency response deliver the range, noise rejection and sound quality ideal for professional broadcast applications, video audio capturing, film and more.

The 566 to 608 and 614 to 638 MHz version of the Sony UWP-D12 Integrated Digital Wireless Handheld Microphone ENG System features all-metal construction, easy to read LCD displays, a wide switching RF bandwidth, USB power and charging, automatic channel scanning, infrared synchronization between the transmitter and receiver, a true diversity receiver, a headphone output on the receiver, output gain control on the receiver for optimizing input level to a camera, and digital companding circuitry to improve the transient response of received audio. The package is suitable for a wide range of wireless applications such as ENG, talk shows, lectures, and more.

The Teradek VidiU is a consumer-grade on-camera video streaming device capable of sending 1080p HD video from a camera to the Web in real-time. You can be recording a kid's baseball game in the park and simultaneously broadcasting it to family at home. VidiU features an HDMI camera input and encodes video in the popular H.264 codec.

VidiU streams to content delivery networks and media servers and is set up for native integration with the Ustream and Livestream platforms -- you'll just need to log in to one of these, select a channel or event, and stream. VidiU streams by dual-band WiFi and features a 60-minute internal battery to fully support wireless streaming, and it can also stream by Ethernet or by an optional 3G/4G USB modem.

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I work with an elementary school video production that pre-records all shows and assembles them into a once a week broadcast. We currently use FLIP cameras and are looking to replace them. We are on a very tight budget. What are your recommendations?

Hi Shawn -

The Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder combines Full HD 1080p video with Zoom's high-quality audio capture technology. Designed with musicians in mind, the Q4 features a pop-up 120° X/Y condenser microphone that lets you capture live studio performances, concerts, or videos of yourself playing with studio-quality sound. The Q4 also features a detachable flip-out 2.0" LCD screen unit, a lens with a wide 130° viewing angle, and outboard audio controls for quick access to settings such as gain, monitor volume, and low cut filter.

Hello, I'm in the wedding video business. Right now I have Cannon XA10 that I use to shoot weddings. I want to get a better video camera that shoots well in low lighting and use my XA10 maybe for second cam. What video camera would you recommend for me to upgrade to that's not to expensive?

Hi Terrell -

The PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder from Sony brings high-quality performance, adaptability, and ease of use to a compact, handheld body that is the same size as the HXR-NX100. Suitable for corporate video, house of worship, and legal deposition recording. The camcorder features a single Exmor RS sensor with a UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom range, and 18/24x Clear Image Zoom in 4K/HD. It can record 4K in XAVC Long at 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD in XAVC Long at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as MPEG2HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 in 8-bit only. The integrated zoom lens features individual lens control rings for focus, iris, and zoom, and produces smooth-rounded-out-of-focus highlights. The lens can be used in either full-auto mode with servo control, or as a completely manually operated lens.

The camcorder supports storing up to 6 picture profiles and allows you share profiles; the camera also supports Sony's Slow and Quick Motion for shooting HD video at variable frame rates, including 120 fps. Recording to a variety of formats, frame rates, and codecs, the camcorder supports 100 Mb/s XAVC Long GOP recording of 4K UHD video at up to 29.97p, HD up to 59.94p, MPEG HD up to 59.94p, and AVCHD 2.0 up to 59.94p. Your footage is recorded to media via two SD memory card slots. You can choose to record simultaneously to both cards or use the relay mode which switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first one is full. It features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The PXW-Z150 features two 3-pin XLR audio inputs that support line, mic, and mic + 48V (phantom power) for using external microphones; you can also use the PXW-Z150's built-in microphone to record audio when shooting. The camcorder also includes Night Shot capability for shooting in extremely dim lighting conditions as well as date/time stamp, and timecode functionality.

Hello,

I'm looking for a professional camera that can output SDI, works very well in low-light situations and can zoom from a far distance (100') or so. Pretty much a nice "presenation" style camera for corporate events.

Hi Marcus -

The Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.

Hi i'm looking for a wildlife video camera and new at this so would value your advice.

The camera must have the following attributes:

Small, completely silent, very low light capability a must, largest optical zoom, stable without a mono/tripod,     HD minimum, long distance mic, gps and date/time stamp, wifi and/or bluetooth.

Budget is not an issue at this point.

thanks,   mike

Hi Mike -

Please e-mail this request or call us (800.606.6969 / 212.444.6615) to have a discussion with a pro video expert.  We need to know more details regarding your budgetary requirements as well as your shooting style, work flow, content, and target audience/distribution. Please send to:  Provideo@bandh.com

I work for this company called Radwell International as a videographer and my boss asked what video camera I wanted as I just operate on a regular Nikon D7100 (DSLR) right now. The company is looking to upgrade and the budget isn't really an issue but somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 would be ideal. I personally own a Canon Rebel t5i so I'm very fond of the Canon brand, so I figured I'd post my question in this forum to get some suggestions. To get an idea of the kind of videos I shoot at work you can give our YouTube channel a quick peek: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBHG-IjPCBdpxQW1vr99F7w Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you! 

Hi Ryan -

The PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder from Sony brings high-quality performance, adaptability, and ease of use to a compact, handheld body that is the same size as the HXR-NX100. Suitable for corporate video, house of worship, and legal deposition recording. The camcorder features a single Exmor RS sensor with a UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom range, and 18/24x Clear Image Zoom in 4K/HD. It can record 4K in XAVC Long at 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD in XAVC Long at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as MPEG2HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 in 8-bit only. The integrated zoom lens features individual lens control rings for focus, iris, and zoom, and produces smooth-rounded-out-of-focus highlights. The lens can be used in either full-auto mode with servo control, or as a completely manually operated lens.

The camcorder supports storing up to 6 picture profiles and allows you share profiles; the camera also supports Sony's Slow and Quick Motion for shooting HD video at variable frame rates, including 120 fps. Recording to a variety of formats, frame rates, and codecs, the camcorder supports 100 Mb/s XAVC Long GOP recording of 4K UHD video at up to 29.97p, HD up to 59.94p, MPEG HD up to 59.94p, and AVCHD 2.0 up to 59.94p. Your footage is recorded to media via two SD memory card slots. You can choose to record simultaneously to both cards or use the relay mode which switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first one is full. It features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The PXW-Z150 features two 3-pin XLR audio inputs that support line, mic, and mic + 48V (phantom power) for using external microphones; you can also use the PXW-Z150's built-in microphone to record audio when shooting. The camcorder also includes Night Shot capability for shooting in extremely dim lighting conditions as well as date/time stamp, and timecode functionality.

My daughter is entering high school at a school of the arts and love filmaking, whick iS one of her classes. She has made a number of short videos using an iphone. What video camera would you recommend for her to get started with but can also grow with?

Definitely consider looking at a DSLR. Will help to learn about aperature/f-stop, shutter, iso... In addition to shooting video, they are all around great photography cameras. Canon and Nikon make a great product in my opinion...could also check out Sony.

Hi Eric -

I recommend starting with something simple that offers XLR audio.:

     The HXR-NX100 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder from Sony brings high-quality performance, adaptability, and ease of use to a compact, handheld body. The camcorder features a single Exmor R sensor with Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom range, and a 24x Clear Image Zoom. The integrated zoom lens features individual lens control rings for focus, iris, and zoom. The lens can be used in either full-auto mode with servo control, or as a completely manually operated lens.

Hi!

I need a camera under 150$ that will stand on a tripod and record me talking. It will be in a "studio" with good lights. I know it is a small budget, but is there something? 

With 1080p 60fps or atleast 720p 60fps. Sorry, forgot.

Hi Simon -

We currently do not offer a camera that meets your requirements.
 

Hi!

I need to record LCD screens.  Screen capture software is not an option...I need to record the screen.  The problem is moire.

Are there any cameras that can get rid of this for me?

Thanks for the help!

Cheers!

Hi Rolf -

     Simple question, but the response may be layered and complex due to a myriad of contributing factors.  Please send us an e-mail describing your project, content, current camera and type of monitor/lcd screen you are shooting.  Please contact us via e-mail:  AskBH@BandH.com

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