Give this noob some basic info on prosumer video cameras.
April 24, 2007 3:52 PM Subscribe
Questions about buying a video camera in general and some specifics about the Canon XL1....
posted by dobbs to technology (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Suppose I want to pick up a good used camera to muck about with and my budget is us$1200 - $1800. What would you suggest I get? I know next to nothing about video as everything I've shot has been on film (Bolexes, Canons, B&H, Eclair, etc.).
I'm interested in making films not shooting home movies so am looking "Prosumer" I guess (ugh, hate that word)--something broadcast quality.
I have a Mac and want to import to it, of course, though I'm sure most will output to firewire, yes?
What are some good sites to check out for basic things to look for and/or be wary of?
In addition, is the Canon XL1 worth getting in this day and age or is that camera a little long in the tooth?
Finally, when buying a used camera, what's the best way to test it if you're buying from an individual rather than a store that may have a return policy or rental-check?