Boradcast quality is such a subjective term, it really boils down to the quality of the content not the camera these days.
Discovery's spec sheet is so ridiculous, not sure why they even publish that, the number one goto handheld cam for network tv and the top 4 rated Discovery's shows are all shot on handheld HDV Sony Z7's (it's a cheaper cam than the EX1), Deadliest Catch, Storm Chasers etc. it's also the Travel Channels #1 goto cam, Anthony Bourdane is shot on it and almost all the reality shows on E!
The cheapest cam I have used that the footage airs on Discovery Channel is a web cam that costs $99, then the HD Go Pro (bought 10 of them at NAB in Vegas for a special they had @$189 each).
It really erks me when people think they have to have a certain or the best camera to make somthing good, it's so far from the truth in adventure / reality broadcast tv.
There is a big difference between a $35 web cam and a $99 web cam, the logitech ones I bought were $99 each when I bought them and were advertised not long ago on the net for $65, I'm sure they have better ones out now. I'd get on google
and rearch for some of the latest reviews
. Other web cams had a higher overall rating than the ones I bought but that was because of the audio, the video on them was actually worse so make sure you understand the ratings and how they picked them. Who cares about audio on a cam your going to stick on a pole or put on a cheap
tripod underwater, right?
Some of the best shots are gotten on these cheap
cams because who really cares about breaking them, I think you did good with the purchase
of that little panasonic cam, it sounds like a fun cam to have and it's so small you can cary it anywhere, that's really about what it's about.
Go to filmtools.com and order a small suction cup mounting bracket so you can stick it on the side of the hull
a little above waterline and have some fun with it!