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I just wrote to a colleague of mine at Middlebury Community TV about this question. I posed a $2000 budget, this is what he said:

$2000 is tight for that package, but if you can stretch to $2500, you can get the 3 pieces in professional quality.
Camera:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1198036-REG/canon_1004c002_xa30_professional_hd_camcorder.html

Mic: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1171344-REG/senal_mc24_el_professional_shotgun_microphone.html
You don't need to buy a shock mount, as the Canon comes with one built in, separate from the hot shoe mount, which would allow you to add an on-camera light at a later date.

This is where prices can get steep for quality gear.  We use the Sonys below, the Rode is a bit cheaper.  
Wireless lav: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1115091-REG/rode_rodlnk_fm_rodelink_wireless_filmmaker_kit.html or
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1025751-REG/sony_uwp_d11_30_bodypack_lavalier_mic_eng_package.html

You may need to buy a short XLR cable to connect mic to camera, or wireless receiver to camera, so check whether they ship with one.

Kurt Broderson, MCTV


Tim O'Leary
Technology Innovation Specialist, 
Addison Central School District: Web, Facebook  
Office Phone: (802) 382-1272

On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 1:06 PM, Steve Ligett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
If you're going the Canon DSLR route, I'd look at Canon's refurbished store:

https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-eos-digital-slr-cameras

On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 8:59 AM, Jeremy LaClair <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Bjorn-

If you're looking for something to do video only, I might recommend something like the Canon XA11. It's in the prosumer range and is loaded with features, but is relatively intuitive and would be fairly easy for students and teachers to use.

Another option is to get a DSLR that can shoot video and still photos too. You can get some very professional looking shots thanks to the larger sensor and different lenses that are available. Something like the Canon T7i might be good. One downside is that DSLR's are traditionally not as good at capturing audio in comparison to a regular video camera.

Hopefully that helps!
-Jeremy

Jeremy LaClair
Technology Coordinator | Cambridge Elementary School

Jeffersonville, Vermont

(802) 644-8821 ext. 132

http://www.cesvt.net



On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 8:22 AM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I want to get the school one nicer video camera that can be used for a newscast and other recordings that we want to look more professional.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a particular video camera?



Bjorn Behrendt M.Ed ~ Never Stop Learning

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