Back-up Camera

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Goldeneye
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A while ago I was using an XM2 for my main camera, and managed to borrow a VX2000 as a back-up, however I no longer have the availability of the VX2000 and was thinking in getting a cheap digital instead (due to budget etc)
Can anyone recommend a decent digital camera to use as a back-up (say about the £300 mark) Obviously picture quality is paramount for wedding work, but would I be able to pick up something in this price range that could be usable?

busbyvideo
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Joined: Feb 7 2002

Camcorders around the £300 mark would only be single chip.

Mike

BirtyBoy1
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Joined: Feb 5 2001

If your only wanting it as back up camera then the £300 camera will catch images outsides not far from the quality of the XM2 (still noticeable to us video guys & gals), but the other guests will probably have a better camera and the client will wonder why they employed you. Inside is another story as these £300 cams can not give you what the client wants.

If your charging the money then IMO you need to have the right equipment and a pretty good contingency in place.

Why not pick up a second hand XM1 and use this as second camera and up your rates a bit to cover your purchase. Using two cameras helps the flow of the day.

Phil

BirtyBoy1
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Joined: Feb 5 2001

If your only wanting it as back up camera then the £300 camera will catch images outsides not far from the quality of the XM2 (still noticeable to us video guys & gals), but the other guests will probably have a better camera and the client will wonder why they employed you. Inside is another story as these £300 cams can not give you what the client wants.

If your charging the money then IMO you need to have the right equipment and a pretty good contingency in place.

Why not pick up a second hand XM1 and use this as second camera and up your rates a bit to cover your purchase. Using two cameras helps the flow of the day.

Phil

sapphire
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Joined: Sep 5 2004

A superb back up camera I always have at weddings is the Sony 3 chip TRV 950. It`s so good image wise that I can cut between it and footage taken with a DSR 200 without any noticeable lack of picture quality or colour variation. It`s quite portable too. Take a look att he user forum www.camcorderinfo.com/bbs/f13