This is a difficult item to sell, because its uses are fairly specialised. For a fairly comprehensive run-down on what this camera is about, click here. For a list of technical specifications, click here.
This is not just any old video camera, this is a HD broadcast-quality video camera. It shoots 1080/30p or 720/60p in native *.mov format straight onto SD cards. These SD cards fit into two slots on the camera, so they can be pulled out alternately allowing the camera to record continuously while you’re pulling footage from the memory card to your computer. The codex required to decode the files is Sony’s XDCAM EX (which is included in programs such as Final Cut Pro). The bitrate for 1080/30p is about 35Mbps (about 16Gb per hour). The lens is a Fujinon 10x zoom with a manual control ring which can be used to control either the zoom or the focus. It has two XLR inputs and a regular 1/4″ mic input as well as a regular 1/4″ headphone jack for monitoring. It also has a full-sized HDMI port at the back.
Simply put, if you want to shoot TV, do electronic news gathering (ENG), or make documentaries, then this is as small, light and uncomplicated a package as you’re going to get. I bought this in the winter of 2009 to shoot a documentary about the Australian speed skating team (still in post-production). All I did was buy this camera, some memory cards, a spare battery, and a tripod. I have shot countless other videos with it and it does the job very well. The reasons I am selling it is because I simply have too much photo gear, and I need to unload some. I also don’t shoot this kind of video anymore.
Time has sadly not been kind to this camera’s price. I bought it for 4000 Canadian dollars, and it is now available used on Amazon for about 1000 USD. My asking price is therefore €500 (or an equivalent amount in a different currency). I’ll throw in the spare battery for free since I can’t remember how much it cost.
Please use the “contact” link above to contact me about this camera if you are interested in buying.