Hi all. I was very happy earlier today. I learned that my friend, who is also my Director of Photography, just got his *used* Canon HV30 from Amazon. But now I am very sad. I went to his house with my fresh miniDV tapes ready to begin to practice filming and I took a look at the HV30, and I noticed that the little joystick for changing settings wasn't working properly. In fact, it could only move down and it made changing ANY settings nearly impossible. And we really needed to turn off the Auto Focus and put it in Cinema Mode! So......yeah it sucks. Now we must send it back. We would just buy a new one but, alas, we are on a less-than-shoestring budget (a moccasin string budget, if I may) and all of the other cameras were $600+. And so this brings up a predicament.
Should we still try to find a used HVx0? Or would it just be better to try and find another camcorder that may be cheaper? Or a DSLR?