In this post I’m going to provide professional level HD MP4 camcorders for filming football, soccer, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and other sports. These cameras are usually $1500+ and are great options for the professional and high college teams who want more control, while maintaining a simple workflow. The biggest difference is that all of these have LANC and remote capabilities, the consumer cameras seem to be dropping this feature all together. These are also all AVCHD style cameras that record to SD cards in a usable file format, for an easy workflow…unlike the proprietary format, complicated P2 cameras which I’m not fond of.
Here are my recommendations:
Canon released the MP4 record mode on their professional series and they are great. I’d recommend any of the Canon models but the review below brings to light that the XA models are almost identical to the G30, except for the XLR inputs and integrated handle bar, and much more expensive.
Canon Vixia HF G30 (This is our recommendation)
Panasonic hasn’t released an MP4 record mode so these are just AVCHD, but these are still great options that shoot great video. They are also considerably more expensive then the Canon models.
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