1) What is your budget? How much money can you spend right away, and do you think you can get more money to invest in the future?
Probably $400 just for the camera alone
2) What experience do you already have with cameras? Have you ever even used one before? Have you helped your friend out with his camera? Have you owned your own?
I have an hv30, but am tired of the tapes and glitches so I want to get into newer technology
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
I got a tripod and a wide angle.
4) What are you planning to shoot and how do you want to use your camera? Are you going to use this with the sole purpose of shooting skiing? or do you think you might try other stuff as well (movies, documentaries, short films, etc)
Skiing and only skiing.
5) Do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be doing all the filming?
Looking for something pretty basic, I don't need a lot of controls. I don't want a gopro though I hate the look of the footage.
6) When filming skiing, how do you tend to shoot? (follow cams, leave it on record on a tripod and hike, film from a tripod, etc)
Follows and putting on a tripod.
7) What computer do you currently have/use to edit (if not currently editing, what would you most likely use)? If you can provide specifics, such as hard drive space, RAM, processor size, that would be great.
I edit on a 1.66ghz dual core processor, 2gb of ram and about 1 TB of memory between the computer and an external
7) What program do you currently edit on? How familiar are you with it (1- just learning; 10- I can make tutorials and know the keyboard layout)
Sony Vegas pro 9 and I would say a 7.
I was looking at this camera, at only $300.