Now lets talk about mid-level HD camcorders.
There are many options in this category including Cameras like the Panasonic AG-HMC40 and the Sony HVR-HD1000U. But it also includes the interesting Sony NEX-VG10. These cameras are between $1,500 and $2,000.
These cameras are all HD cameras and are considered the lowest end of the pro video camera market. They offer a great solution for low cost live situations. They do a good job in the interview and sketch situations as well. They have good image quality and good audio recording as well.
I am not going to go into detail on these cameras because I do not believe that there is enough major difference in them. There are differences, but it really depends on what your needs are. You just need to find the right price-to-features ratio to meet your particular situation.
I do want to take a second to talk about the one camera in this category that is a bit different. While I have not been able to put my hands on this camera, I will still try to give you an idea of why it is different.
The Sony NEX-VG10 is a hybrid of the DSLR cameras, and these traditional cameras. It uses a large sensor and interchangeable lenses with a traditional video camera back end. It records to the AVCHD video format, giving you much longer recording times. This camera may be a good hybrid if you have a limited budget, but need to use the same camera in live and interview situations. One big downside to this camera is it shoots 1080i 60fps only. That is not the end of the world, but its not the lovely 1080p 24fps that my 7D gets me.
So, in this category, there isn’t a definitive winner. You have to look at the cameras and see what you like, or do not like, about each one. Ultimately most cameras in this price range offer excellent images.