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Discussions on the Thread "Best Camcorder for action sports"


ksanabrais

Thread : Best Camcorder for action sports

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:49 am

I just recently finished watching the archived live lecture  "choosing the right equipment". It was great to get an idea of certain camcorders and their price points but wondering if there is a particular camcorder that I should consider for action sports. Would the Sony HDR HC9 do the trick for me? Is the HDR HC9 obsolete already? Or is there something else to consider...keep in mind I don't mind dishing out the $1000 or so, and it doesn't matter to me if it's tapes or tapeless.


I'm looking to capture local high school sports and want to produce some nice quality output. I plan to offer replays of the games, end of season highlight DVD's, and other misc projects. Audio is not a major requirement here...games usually have an announcer who comes in pretty good even on my standard definition camera and highlight projects would be supplemented with my own music.


Any recommendations or suggestions would be greatly appreciated,


Kevin

 

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Emilio1
Emilio1
Monday May 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm
I've seen videos and been told, the HD Hero is so simple and can stand anything that happens to it. Quality is excellent.
 

ksanabrais
ksanabrais
Thursday Sep 22, 2011 at 11:15 am
Hi Kelly, Thanks for the information on that Canon Vixia. No doubt a good looking camera...really interested in the HD CMOS sensor. I saw a youtube video on the technology yesterday. Seems like Stabilization will be key here also, considering that all footage will not necessarily be taken on a tripod. Thanks again!

Kevin
 

Kelly
Kelly
Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm
HI Kevin, A good option for you to check out is the Canon Vixia HF G10. Shooting sports requires a lot of moving the camera around and if you have a nice, heavy tri-pod, no problem. But if you intend to shoot hand-held, image stability becomes a huge issue, especially with a small-form camera. Canon now has two lines of cameras, one professional and one consumer camera with 'Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization', which can give you really rock-solid video from a hand-held camera. I haven't personally used this camera, but it seems like something you should check out. If you want to break the bank and spend $2000, then the Canon XA10 has a bigger video chip and is excellent(this was used to shoot a scene for the new TV show "Hawaii Five O"). This camera also allows for professional audio inputs. Good luck and let us know what you choose!