Now that I have finally gotten the laptop that I have needed for at least the last two years, I have been giving a lot of consideration to what I should do as the next logical step toward putting together the home production facility that I’ve been wanting.  Something that will be lightyears better than what I’ve got now.

The answer is of course obvious.  Anyone can tell you that probably THE single most important part of any production facility, professional or home, is the camera.  While I do have a decent camera (at least in terms of amateur productions anyway) however it is very much a lower end model.  My wife got it on sale a couple of years ago. Because it’s a lower end model it is lacking most features that the more advanced (professional) models have and some of these are, in my opinion “must have” features.

The most important of which just has to be the ability to accept sound from an external microphone (or other source, depending on the situation).

One example of something that could easily be a good choice for the next camera would be this Panasonic HD Camcorder. The first thing I liked about it without even reading any of the specs on it was the fact that it has a straight body design instead of that thrice damned seven degree tilt that is built into the camera body that entirely too many “cheap” HD cameras have. This unit has a much more standard, professional look and feel to it. It’s very obviously made for doing more than shooting home video of your kid’s birthday parties or school plays.

It’s a feature packed unit that could easily be used to produce professional quality video in full 1080i High Definition. And yes, it sports that all important external microphone input along with it’s many other features.

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