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The best camcorders for independent film-making also known as film-making video cameras and come with advanced manual controls needed for shooting and great image quality.

Independent filmmaking, whether low budget or otherwise, requires the services of a decent HD camcorder that can offer focus control, image control and that includes microphone and audio inputs, as well as a headphone jack. The more the customization the camcorder offers, the better for the film-maker.

Some of the best camcorders for independent filmmaking are not full-HD, but they compensate with the ability to record interlaced video at 1080p resolution. Also remember that It is advisable to look for camcorders with interchangeable lenses rather than going in for a cheap camera and an expensive lens adapter. Additionally, when you look up top-rated camcorders for filmmaking, look for a device that can record footage with enough latitude, allowing you to achieve cinematic looks.

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Panasonic HDC-TM900K

Panasonic HDC-TM900K Camcorder


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Release Date
Jan 2011
Apr 2011
Aug 2011
Nov 2011
Oct 2011
HDD Size
32.0 GB
64.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
10.0 x
11.0 x
10.0 x
22.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition, AVC, H.264, MPEG
Flash Media, High Definition
AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)), MPEG2-PS
Flash Media
AVCHD standard (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), DV standard (AVI Type2)
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, 3D
Digital
Digital, 3D
Digital
CCD Quantity
3.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
14.2 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
7.08 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
High Definition
AVC, AVCHD
Flash Media
Memory Card
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

Generally excellent video quality and a straightforward.

Very expensive.

Excellent aperture, shutter speed, and gain controls

Shoots two whole Full HD frames in 3D mode

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