A couple of years ago the hot camera for independent filmmakers was Panasonic's AG-DVX100. This was the first consumer camcorder to shoot at 24p (24 frames per second, progressive). While this is still a great indie camera, it is limited by the fact that it can only shoot in Standard Definition at 720x480 pixels. Canon's little pocket sized HV20 can also shot at 24p, which is the most important criteria for achieving a film look, but this little guy does it at High Definition at 1920x1080 pixels. Having a camera that does 24p at 1920x1080 that can literally fit in your pocket is nothing short of amazing. It does all this for under a thousand bucks. Good times.
Pros: 24p Goodness, High Definition Resolution, HDMI Connection
Cons: Doesn't Come in Black, Lack of Manual Controls.
List Price: $999.99
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