9 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2012 5:46 PM by sparkwrite RSS

    Your opinions of small video cameras please

    sparkwrite

      HI Everybody: I would like to have some of your opinions and feeling on the best of the best of the small HD video cameras. For the last five years I've been using a Panasonic PV GS36, SD MiniDV camera. Nice and small and light with a good lot of manual features to play with to get a little better shots than just on manual.I keep it permanently installed atop my small tripod and it goes most everywhere with me these days. I really like this camera and it has never missed a beat from Barrow Alaska to Key West Florida, but would like to upgrade to an HD camera, small but with lots of manual features as well as the automatics. I have always liked Panasonic, but I'm not locked in. I would really like to hear some views on Panasonic, as well as any other that you feel strongly about. I'm not terrified about price, but I am about size and weight. I want to be able to get super quality footage and some control over how I shoot it. I've been looking for a few months now and there are so many choices that steam comes out of my ears after half and hour of looking and reading. So, I thought I would ask the people who seem to really be into these things and know the most. I would appreciate anyones experiences and opinions with any small HD cameras. I'm thinking I would like to mave MiniDV, but the card is not out of the question. My little camera is a bit bigger than your fist and is real easy to drag around. I also have an XL-1 on a Manfrotto/Bogan 3191 tripod and Bogan 3066 head. It's a wonderfulcamera but just too huge to take along and set up. I hope I haven't droned on too much. Thanks for reading this far and I'm looking forward to your replys.  Spark  

        • 1. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
          shooternz Community Member

          Paragraphs ?...please spare my tired eyes!

           

           

          • 2. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
            jstrawn Employee Hosts

            Why don't you just get a dslr? Or would that still be too big?

            • 3. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
              John T Smith CommunityMVP

              >best of the small HD video cameras

               

              I had to give up reading because of the one long wrapped line, so have no idea what you said

               

              Pressing Enter Key

               

              Go to http://www.photographyblog.com and read reviews

              • 4. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
                sparkwrite Community Member

                Sorry. I think my brain was fried from searching the web for cameras. I

                will insert it here for you and maybe it will go like it should this time.

                I guess my windbag just got too full.  Spark

                 

                HI Everybody: I would like to have some of your opinions and feeling on the

                best of the best of the small HD video cameras. For the last five years

                I've been using a Panasonic PV GS36, SD MiniDV camera. Nice and small and

                light with a good lot of manual features to play with to get a little

                better shots than just on automatic. I keep it permanently installed atop

                my small tripod and it goes most everywhere with me these days. I really

                like this camera and it has never missed a beat from Barrow Alaska to Key

                West Florida.

                 

                 

                 

                I would like to upgrade to an HD camera, small but with lots of manual

                features as well as the automatics. I have always liked Panasonic, but I'm

                not locked in. I would really like to hear some views on Panasonic, as well

                as any other that you feel strongly about. I'm not terrified about price,

                but I am about size and weight. I want to be able to get super quality

                footage and some control over how I shoot it.

                 

                 

                 

                I've been looking for a few months now and there are so many choices that

                steam comes out of my ears after half and hour of looking and reading. So,

                I thought I would ask the people who seem to really be into these things

                and know the most. I would appreciate anyone’s experiences and opinions

                with any small HD cameras. I'm thinking I would like to have MiniDV, but

                the card is not out of the question. My little camera is a bit bigger than

                your fist and is real easy to drag around.

                 

                 

                 

                I also have an XL-1 on a Manfrotto/Bogan 3191 tripod and Bogan 3066 head.

                It's a wonderfulcamera but just too huge to take along and set up. I hope I

                haven't droned on too much. Thanks for reading this far and I'm looking

                forward to your replies.  Spark

                • 5. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
                  John T Smith CommunityMVP

                  >windbag just got too full

                   

                  Grin... do you have a wicker basket connected to take flight?

                   

                  Anyway, I can't say it is super "small" but I really like my Canon Vixia HFS100 (now an old model that has been replaced by a newer model)

                   

                  Uses an SD card and has a really nice lens... I don't fiddle with settings much (just a home hobbyist) but I really like the video quality... find some reviews of whatever is the current model

                  • 6. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
                    sparkwrite Community Member

                    Thanks John for your reply. I checked it out and found that it has no

                    viewfinder. I do a lot of outdoor stuff so definitely need a viewfinder for

                    sunny days. I'm narrowing it down pretty well and think that if I do buy

                    one it will be the Panasonic HDC-HS900 High Definition Camcorder,

                    it's a bit pricey, but has more than all the features I'm looking for.

                    Thanks again for your kindly reply.  Spark.

                    • 7. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
                      the_wine_snob Community Member

                      Yes, having ONLY the LCD (or similar) monitor can be a big issue, in bright daylight.

                       

                      Wife's tiny Lumix only has the monitor, and it is basically useless in daylight.

                       

                      Now, going back to early days of digital cameras, some 3rd party source had a little pop-open sunshade for the monitors. They clipped, or glued to the monitor bezel, and could be opened up to shield the monitor from stray light. They were kind of like the old shade for the ground-glass on view/press cameras, but obviously much, much smaller. Not sure if something like that is still available. If one has a foldable monitor, then it would be a real pain to have to clip such on/off.

                       

                      I would look for a camera WITH a viewfinder.

                       

                      Good luck, and wish that I was current on the latest crop of video cameras, but as I am not, have no direct recs. for you.

                       

                      Hunt

                      • 9. Re: Your opinions of small video cameras please
                        sparkwrite Community Member

                        Thanks Hunt for your input. I think I have settled on a camera. Panasonic

                        HDC-HS900K

                         

                        Seems to have all the features that I need and want, Plus. I will give

                        myself a few more days before commiting. I may eve consider a DSLR where I

                        could get multiple lenses. Don't know much about them however. This will be

                        another uphill learning experience. Thanks again.  Spark