I’m looking to purchase a camcorder for my own artistic exploration and I would love some input from people who know what they’re talking about. I’m looking for a camera which would give me the best picture quality possible without breaking my bank account. I’m willing to drop a pretty good chunk of cash on this, and so I want to make sure that what I get is a good investment.
So far the only camcorder I’ve been exposed to outside of the home-video variety is the Sony DCR-VX2000 which my school uses for video arts classes. The picture quality was amazing (3 CCDs), and you can’t beat the convenient size, but $3,000 is quite a price tag. I’d be willing to splurge if that’s what I had to pay for broadcast quality, but I’m hoping that there have been advances in price vs. performance over the last few years.
One of the perks of this camera is the FireWire port that Sony puts on all their Mini DV camcorders, so I can stream digital video to and from my computer through a $70 PCI card. Do other digital camcorders have this or some other similar way to interface with my computer (a PC)?