"Sam Sundaram" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I need to get the best camera that I can (video quality wise, with
> lights of course) for around $1,500... I'll be using this for student
> films and eventually festival use. Here are my options:
> 1) Panasonic DV953 - Very affordable, decent reviews.. Worried about
> the tiny chips though (1/6")... I don't know much about panasonic's
> miniDV cameras- what is their "look?" By this I mean that my old
> TRV900 had a tendency to emphasize reds while the XL1 I've used has a
> brownish preference to it's video... Does panasonics look natural or
> are do the images scream VIDEO?
I have not liked any of the small Panasonics since the EZ30U/950
(see www.David-Ruether-Photography.com/camcorder-comparison.htm for
more on this one relative to some others), and preferred the TRV900
to it (though I like very much the Panasonic DVX100a). Never could
stand the XL1...;-) I would also consider a good used VX1000,
TRV900, or EZ30U. BTW, if only the recording section of your
damaged TRV900 is gone, consider FireWire-connecting to it any
cheap 1-chipper for use as a recording deck for it...
> 2) Sony TRV-950. Technically out of my budget but is it a worthy step
> up over the DV953? I know the low light performance is better than
> DV953 but how would the video compare using studio lights?
If you can control the lighting (studio lights...) this may be a good
choice (its excessive picture contrast limits it for available-light,
though, for me...).
> 3) Canon GL2 (or gl1)- How different are the two? Also, the gl2 is
> pretty expensive and out of my range... Is it worth it? Is it a major
> step up from the TRV950? Anyone know where I can get the GL1 new in
> the US?
See the URL referenced above - I thought the GL1 the worst
3-chipper available at the time (only the Sharp had been worse...).
The GL2 is a BIG improvement, but the VX2000 and DVX100a
are better. Try a used VX2000, if you can find one in your price
range in good shape (see for more, and for comparisons with others
mentioned above: www.David-Ruether-Photography.com/sony_dcr-vx2000.htm).