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Best type of "beginner's" video camera to use with motion graphics?

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Hi, I'm rather new to motion graphics and Adobe After Effects. I'd like to seek some advice regarding what video camera to use as a beginner, in order to learn the art and improve my skills. I currently have a Sony Handycam DCR video recorder, which we use for home movies. Is that good enough to use for AE in order to get good clear quality video?

If the Sony Handycam DCR is not a recommended device, what type of video camera should I be looking at, as a "beginner's" video recorder to use for motion graphics software?

Thanks,
Fulano
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These days I would get a full HD cam. and depending on your price range see:
http://www.testfreaks.com/digital-camcorders/
http://www.camcorderinfo.com/
http://reviews.cnet.com/best-hd-camcorders/

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Forgot to say if you you do not go full HD now then you will probably want to in the very near future.
The competition has forced prices down to make full HD a very atractive product.
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Hi Michael, thank you for your suggestions. - Are there a basic set of specs that I should be looking for in addition to HD. Would I need one type of lens vs another, or perhaps some other sort of video aspect ration vs another?

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Fulano
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Michael, just as a point of reference, I consider cameras like the Sony HVR-Z7E/Z7U, or the Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 "professional" video cameras. Both are in excess of $6000 and not what I can afford for my level of expertise. I would be looking for something far less costly maybe in the range of less than $1000.

Thanks again,
Fulano
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Optical zoom is much an advatage over digital zoom, also camera shake stabilizer (digital video stabilizer) is a plus.
The sanyo range may interest you.
http://sanyo.com/xacti/english/
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