Suggestions for video camera (camcorder or DSLR) for $500-600?

Clonkex

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Hey all,

I currently own a JVC Everio HD camcorder (GZ-HM300BU). IIRC it cost $200 new. It shoots 1080p video but the video quality is pretty poor. I knew that when I bought it, but I'd been using a Samsung point-and-shoot camera (from 2008 - only shot 640x480 video) before that and any HD camera was going to be much better. I digress.

Anyway, I'm looking to buy a new, much higher-quality video camera. I've decided I need a camera with the following characteristics:

- Minimum 1080p recording, preferably 4K for future-proofing and extra flexibility
- Very good image quality
- Good OIS
- $500-600, though I may be able to stretch further if necessary - but no higher than $1,000

I'd really love something like the Sony FDR-AX100, but that's $2,000. Currently looking at the Panasonic HC-VX870 - it's pricey (~$900 from eBay), but seems like a good contender.

Oh, and I'm Australian, so my budget is in AUD.

Any suggestions for me?
 

kenrivers

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The closest camera I could find in your price range is the Samsung NX500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (roughly $917 AUD).
Some of the specs are as follows:
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 4096 x 2160: 24 fps
3840 x 2160: 30 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
Source: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1113931-REG/samsung_ev_nx500zbmjus_nx500_mirrorless_digital_camera.html

The Panasonic you mentioned would be a better choice if you can find one in your price range.

 

kenrivers

Splendid
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The closest camera I could find in your price range is the Samsung NX500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (roughly $917 AUD).
Some of the specs are as follows:
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 4096 x 2160: 24 fps
3840 x 2160: 30 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
Source: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1113931-REG/samsung_ev_nx500zbmjus_nx500_mirrorless_digital_camera.html

The Panasonic you mentioned would be a better choice if you can find one in your price range.

 

Mitchell Robinson

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I agree with kenrivers here,

Although, you are limiting the range of cameras if you want 4K. Do you need proper still capability like that of a DSLR? Or do you just need a video camcorder?
 
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