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Tilt and/or Swivel Viewing Screens

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I am almost totally convinced that a good size tilt and swivel LCD is close to the top of the priority list for a camera operator who wants to photograph models that spend a lot of their time below waist level and possibly on the floor.

On this basis, a lot of otherwise excellent cameras are falling off my short list, including all digital SLRs and the otherwise very accomplished and excellent value Lumix cams from Panasonic, Kodak (yes they make a couple of cracking good super-zooms!) and Fuji's 7xxx and 5xxx series. In fact, at present, the only cams still on my list are Sony's F828 and the Canon Pro-1. But I'm very willing to rethink things (yet again!) in the light of any new info or insights from camera enthusiasts here.

Has anyone found a workaround for this problem?
I really want to see what you think about your own cameras, with regard to the LCD and its usefulness, whether you wish you had held out for a T & S screen etc.

Has anyone rigged up a small off-cam LCD or even a tiny TV to get around the problem?

Please post anything that might contribute towards my choosing my next cam, with a view to it providing for my needs over the next several years. It has become urgent after having had mine stolen from my car a couple of days back.
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Proprietary batteries tend to be very expensive.

I like mine for using 4 R6/AA batteries. I'm using 2300 mAh Ni-MH batteries nowdays.

Trouble is that the same camera also uses 2 CR123A Lithium batteries (for built in flash) and one CR2025 Lithium button battery (for date & time etc.). It can be a pain sometimes.
So which will it be... we're in suspense.
I say this - pictures and movies are completely different. Until recently I'd almost given up on video as I appreciated the fine quality of my photos. My new Sony desktop computer has analogue video inputs though and I've been able to digitize all my old home videos. What I'm saying is this: you don't need the latest high end video camera - a decent 8 year old camera - like I have - that was high end for a time is great with a good lens and good controls. It basically works the same as any good DV of today.

Go for a good camera that can take good close-ups and get yourself a video card for your computer to use with your old Sony TRV.

Update: If you want a kick-ass video cam, get this: Sony HVR-Z1U HDV Camcorder

(Info just released)
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