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Camera Advice (Video or SLR with HD, not sure)
DISCLAIMER: Total video noob.
I've been looking for a camera of my own for a little while now, done a little research, haven't come to many conclusions. I've been using my friend's Nikon D5000 (18-55mm lens), and I've fallen in love with it. The manual focus, something I've never used before, is AMAZING. Really makes shots loom impressive/professional-looking, and it takes nice HD video as well. (Or is HD a necessity? Thoughts?)
I'm looking for something that I can use for general purpose shooting, mainly skiing and around the house, got a point-and-shoot already for dicking around. About the only conclusion I've come to is that people like Nikon and Canon, Sony to a lesser extent.
I'm thinking that I'd use a video camera more than an HDSLR, how does the video quality/do the specific features compare? Not looking to spend a million bucks, and if I got a camera I'd probably take a film course or two to learn what to do.
Anyone make some suggestions on good HDSLR/Lens or Video camera/Lens combos? Price point is flexible, I'd hazard a guess at an 800$ limit for now, with the option to add lenses/whatever later.
800 won't get a complete enough SLR setup. I'm just saying.
Maybe a HV30/HV40(which I happen to be selling) or one of the flash based canon camcorders?
Nikon makes better glass than Canon, but Nikon's DSLRs suck for video. Without a doubt, if you want even decent video, you are going to need more than a camera and lens. A stabilization system is mandatory to counteract the rolling shutter/aliasing/small body weight.
Sony SLRs are garbage. Next question.
Don't just spend 800 bucks on a t2i with a kit lens, not worth it, you need at least 2000 to get an OKAY hddslr setup.
I'm not looking for top production-quality. I want to know what the best option I can get for around 6-800$ startup cost is. I'm not worried about getting every necessary lens/piece of equipment yet, this isn't a life-or-death food on the table decision. I'm a high school kid who wants a camera.
Thanks for the replies, the HV30/40 looks like a good option. I appreciate the insight.
$2000 towards a DSLR won't get you "top production-quality." Filming abilities aside, $800 into a DSLR camera will get you something that isn't even usable. You'll need batteries, a least 2 lenses, stabilization, and storage, at the bare minimum. Then there's the computer aspect; is your machine fast enough to transcode h.264 and edit in HD? Essentially what I'm getting at is there are so many more mandatory expenses than just buying the camera + lens when it comes to DSLRs.
Alright, then, let me rephrase the question:
What is the best I can get for 800$?
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