On Sun, 20 Apr 2003 23:34:10 -0400, "Randy Brown" <Randy@RandyBrownProductionsDO_NOT_SPAM_ME.com> wrote:


>Newbie question...


>I read lots here about cameras, and I'm wondering.  I just dabble in video

>prod, mostly for my own amusement.  But I'm learning, and I will get better.

>How far I take it remains to be seen.  But for now, I'm just shooting with

>my little consumer-grade camcorder, a Sony Handycam.  It's a nice one - 1

>megapixel, but still just a consumer-level unit, and obviously far short of

>professional grade.


>Went to dinner the other night and saw some high school kids shooting a

>video for a school project.  They were obviously using one of the school's

>cameras from the video production class (wish we had that when I was in

>school, but then again, we were just beginning to get color tv back then...

>ha!), and it appeared to be a "next level up."  Not as big as the mini-cams

>I'm familiar with from my days working alongside network TV guys (I do

>radio, so I was only observing the TV guys), but still a higher grade of

>camera than my little palm-size Sony Handycam.


>Anyway, here's my question:


>What would the next step up for me be?  From the consumer-level camcorders,

>what class of camera is the next grade up?  And would that next step up be

>"broadcast quality," or are there a couple of levels one must go before

>getting to "broadcast quality?"  I'm also wondering what the limitations are

>of the "next level up" from mine.


>Thanks in advance for the insight.  I'm learning lots by reading this ng,

>though quite a bit of it is still wayyyyy over my head.  Talk to me about

>audio production and I'm an expert.  But I'm still new to video.  Just

>playing right now, but want to learn.




If the quality or capability of what you are using now

is limiting you, then consider an "upgrade", most likely

to a good 3-CCD camera (some at the low end offer no

advantages over what you have). This will cost about

$2500-3500 (or consider used). In new, I would look at

the Sony VX2000/PD150, Panasonic DVX100, JVC 300, or

Canon GL2 (or if low-light shooting ability is not

important, look also at the Sony TRV950/PDX10). In

used cameras, consider the Sony VX1000 or TRV900 in

addition to the above.

For a comparison of Sony imaging types, see:


For info on video image characteristics and problems,

see: www.David-Ruether-Photography.com/vid_pict_characts.htm.

For comparisons among brands/models, see:




www.bealecorner.com, www.adamwilt.com, and try

a search at www.google.com.

As for "broadcast-quality", this is the subject of

many threads on these video NGs...;-) In short:

"broadcast quality" is whatever can be broadcast

(as in, if the material is important enough, it

can be very low quality; if the standards are loose

for your market, 1-chippers may do; if the standards

are network-normal, 3-CCD Mini-DV may be at the low

end of what is sometimes acceptable; if the standards

are high, the cameras above will not be acceptable;

or, if you don't tell anyone what you shot with, and

you are skillful in covering the gear's shortcomings

[or in making them appropriate to your material], you

can shoot with anything...).