video camera buying advice sought
February 2, 2009 4:14 PM Subscribe
Video camera advice sought. (also, is there a review site for video cameras as good as dpreview.com is for digital cameras?)
posted by schmoppa to Shopping (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've never bought a video camera before, other than digital still cameras with weak video modes. The last proper video camera I used for personal use was a Hi8 camera, though in the last 3 or 4 years I did help a friend shoot a couple weddings with a semi-professional MiniDV camera.
I have a lot of storage capacity, about 3.5TB, in my HTPC, which I intend to use as a movie-viewing hub. I don't have a great backup system in place yet, however, but I need to set that up anyway.
I am leaning toward tapeless, though using tapes is a nice instant backup feature...
I definitely want 1080 resolution! And the camera shouldn't be too big.
Are there a few current go-to, best-buy models out there that have a high value and performance bang-for-the-buck?
I don't have a great idea on price range, since I don't have a good frame of reference of what $300 will get you vs $1000... I figure we'll try to keep the price tag under about $1100, but less is better obviously.
And is there a dpreview.com -caliber website dedicated to video cameras? Thanks!