A&P Documentary film making

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  1. Travism

    Travism New Member

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    Hi all,

    I know this is a photography forum but there is no dedicated film making forum so I guess it is close enough.

    I am planning on filming a documentary as a part of an volunteer outreach component for my master's thesis. This will be my first attempt at film making but I would be interested in getting into producing documentaries.

    I plan to purchase a video camera soon and I am looking as the Panasonic HVX 200A. I would like a camera that is capable of shooting video suitable to show on television but my budget is limited to $4500-5000 Canadian.

    What do people think of this camera. Is it suitable for what I plan to do? Also are there any other cameras out there that are comparable?

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Climbing Cracker

    Climbing Cracker I am the Devil. And I am here to do the Devil's w

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    HVX is a great camera. check into the Panasonic DVX-100B, or Canon XL2, unless you absolutely need HD footage. It'll save you about half the cash. I could be mistaken, but I don't think you're gonna need HD footage, especially for TV. Also check out Canon XH-A1.

    Basically, you can get a camera more than capable for 2k or less.

    Ask here too: www.dvxuser.com

    hope this helps :wavey:
     
  3. Travism

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    Thanks for the input!
    I think I want HD. This way I have it if I need it in the future (I don't plan on buying another camera for a while after this one).
     
  4. Jcolman

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    If this is your first attempt, I'd seriously consider renting instead of purchasing unless you're going to be shooting for weeks on end.
     
  5. Travism

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    Shooting will take place over the entire summer so I think I will be better off to own rather than rent...Thanks for the other option though!
     
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