February 4, 2015 at 8:34AM

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Best home camcorder for starting out filmmaking

I am buying a new camera (replacing my old Panasonic mini DV camera which is 10 years old now) and have very little money to spend. Which is the best home camcorder vs price with the greatest flexibility?

I need it to be easy to use, easy to get the finished film onto my laptop (which has no drives only jump drive slots), easy to edit, good sound and with add ons for better filmmaking.

Thank you!

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Hi Janet,

What's your budget ?

February 4, 2015 at 9:10AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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No more than $300

February 4, 2015 at 7:33PM

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Janet Swainston
Director/writer
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There's a new camera from Canon coming out in March that will sell for $300, and it has both mic input and headphone jack, so you can use better quality microphones with it, like the Rode Video mics. Overall this looks like a great little camera.

Canon VIXIA HF R600 Full HD Camcorder
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1110404-REG/canon_0280c001_vixia_h...

February 5, 2015 at 9:21AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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There is people selling black magic pocket camera. Cheap with second hand.

February 5, 2015 at 1:08PM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Research any Canon camcorder with the Pro Image sensor, the dynamic range and color saturation are quite impressive for a single sensor camera, and they can practically see in the dark. Buy used from a reputable dealer (like B&H or Adorama) and you will stay within your budget. Our fav is the Vixia HF M41, which has an electronic viewfinder, but there were plenty of cheaper models. Research, research, research. They shoot onto SD cards, a good match for your computer's USB ports with a $5 adapter.

February 5, 2015 at 6:52PM

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Michael P Ellis
President, Result Films Inc
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Watch Ebay you might find something like I did it's not what I wanted but it's going to get the job done

February 8, 2015 at 5:53PM, Edited February 8, 5:53PM

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Paul Valley
Student of film making
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The best camera is the one you can afford and that has the option to set aperture, shutter and gain/iso manually. And check whether you can connect a microphone to it, preferrably with XLR (although that could be difficult in the budget, but maybe you get a good deal somewhere).

Have fun!

February 9, 2015 at 12:27PM, Edited February 9, 12:27PM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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