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The best camcorders to buy for around $3000 are the professional camcorders with 3CCD sensors. Most of the offerings at the sub-$3000 price point are great for independent filmmaking , come from brands like Canon and Panasonic and often support hard disk drive storage upto 500 GB.

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Panasonic HDC-Z10000

Panasonic HDC-Z10000 3D Camcorder


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Panasonic HDC-Z10000
Canon XF105
Canon XF100
Canon GL2
Panasonic HDC-Z10000 3D Camcorder
Canon XF105 Camcorder
Canon XF100 Camcorder
Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
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Release Date
Nov 2011
Dec 2010
Dec 2010
Jul 2002
Optical Zoom
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
20.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media
MPEG-2 Long GOP
High Definition, MPEG-2
Mini DV
Recording System
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital, 3D
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
7.08 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
2.37 MegaPixels
1.68 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
High Definition
High Definition
Use
Video
Video
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    In our time with the HDC-Z10000, we were impressed by the camcorder's plethora of manual controls, excellent set of features, and very good performance in 3D record mode. We have not tested the camcorder at this point, but we were able to shoot some video with the Z10000 and watch it on a 3D TV during our hands-on with the product.


  • The HDC-Z10000 has a couple of notable niggles - the touch-operated shutter speed control and laggy zoom ring being at the forefront. It will also seem massively expensive when JVC's Everio GS-TD1 costs half as much and Panasonic's more consumer-focused devices even less. But it should be seen in the light of full professional 3D models costing £7-8,000. These offer bigger sensors for even better image quality, and extra professional studio features like genlock and HD-SDI digital video output.

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    The Panasonic HDC-Z10000's £3,000 asking price may seem steep, but it's actually pretty cheap when you consider that the company's professional 3D line starts at around £15,000. And, when it comes to image quality and functionality, the HDC-Z10000 is in a league of its own -- at least until Sony's similarly priced but less consumer-friendly PMW-TD300 makes an appearance.

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    Overall, the XF105 is a solid contender for a miniature professional camera. It's jam packed with professional features and is capable of producing footage that rivals other cameras well above this price point. If you plan to do a lot of indoor shooting, make sure you have an adequate amount of light available so the picture quality will not suffer. Besides that caveat, we find the XF105 well suited for anyone who needs a camera that is small in size, but big in features.


  • This versatile camcorder is a great option for all kinds of professionals and amateurs alike. Its range of customization features and great image quality make the Canon XF105 an ideal camcorder for HD recording in all kinds of settings and for all kinds of purposes. It is definitely worth a look if you are looking to buy a new camcorder. It gets an excellent rating.


  • The Canon XF100 presents a compact and easy to handle design with a range of powerful features. This combination of benefits makes you believe that you will have an excellent time using this camcorder, and you will. However, in terms of actual results, your satisfaction may vary. If you want to see only the benefits, make sure to always shoot in good lighting conditions. It gets an overall rating of four over five which is a good score.

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    - We found the rocker switch very easy to control and quite smooth, and the camera's variable zoom settings let you control how quickly the zoom motor accelerates in response to your touch.
    - Both zoom motor and tape transport were quiet, so as not to contaminate the sound track.
    - The GL2 comes with a large eyecup attachment to make the viewfinder easier to see in bright light, and you can adjust its focus with the diopter lever underneath, too.

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    - We found it a little too easy to switch between card and tape mode unintentionally, and several times, we recorded unwanted scenes.

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    - The most clever new control is the programmable CSTM (custom) key, which you can set to toggle on and off 11 possible options, including image stabilization and zebra stripes.


Top 5 camcorder under $3000:

  1. Panasonic HDC-Z10000 3D Camcorder
  2. Canon XF105 Camcorder
  3. Canon XF100 Camcorder
  4. Canon GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder