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Old August 24th, 2005, 05:54 AM   #121
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Optura Xi vs. 60 - is there a choice?

Hi everyone,

Have been searching your very informative, real people site for the past week looking for tips on how to choose my next vidcam. Still using an 8 year old Sony 8mm in PAL but since moved to North America.

Basically I narrowed my choice down to either of the Xi or Optura 60 because:

1. I do not want another large camera body to carry around (have an S400 and 20D with lenses allready)

2. have a universal Canon battery charger that will charge any Canon battery

3. Low light is not that important - lowest light condition will at least have one incandescant bulb

4. both cameras are virtually same price here in Canada

5. I can convert my old PAL videos to digital with either camera ( if I use a PAL - NTSC converter before I send signal to Canon camera)

I am leaning towrds the 60 model:
- it is newer
- video quality is the same as Xi?
- smaller and lighter
- has all the features of Xi?

Am I correct in my assumptions of the choice between these two?
As I live far away from any city, I shall have to order over the internet and will have no chance to test either.

I would welcome any coments on anything I might have overlooked or if you think my assumptions on these two cameras are incorrect. Even if you think I should go for another brand of camera, please drop my a line here on this post. I would appreciate any and all opinions.

Thanks for a very informative site, regards

Pete
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Old August 24th, 2005, 08:56 AM   #122
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I'd take the 60 over the XI. The 50 & 60 are like having a mini GL1/GL2 except missing framemode and 3 ccds.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 09:45 AM   #123
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Honestly, I think these two cams are so similar, I'd probably recommend the 60 to you based on your desire for a smaller camcorder. The Xi, in my opinion, is actually quite a bit larger than the 60.

On the plus side, you could flip a coin and choose the cam at this point: both are great.

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Old August 24th, 2005, 09:36 PM   #124
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Thanks for your advice.
I guess I'll go with the 60 then.
Regards
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Old April 14th, 2006, 12:50 PM   #125
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Optura XI needs a repair

Well I had this thing for 2 years and its been "freaking out" on me. The left side of the screen is darker than the right (not a lcd issue because its the same for viewfinder and when transfered to pc). I was wondering what the best place to repair this thing would be? I live in NYC so anything in Manhattan would do. I would rather not send it out because I would be needing the camera in a little over a month (for a vacation).

Any help is appreciated.

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Old April 14th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #126
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Old April 14th, 2006, 01:43 PM   #127
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Make sure to request a repair number before sending it in.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 06:36 AM   #128
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Canon optura Xi an option?

So... Yeah.
It's going pretty cheap refurbished, is it a good deal?
My budget is $1000
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Old April 29th, 2006, 09:46 AM   #129
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Go for the Optura 50, it's an updated version of the Xi in a smaller package and you can still buy it new for around US$400-$500. The Xi might be a good deal if you can get it for much less than that.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 12:02 PM   #130
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On eBay, rufurb ones are going for $385 - $450.
$450 is the most expensive one I saw on there.
But, would it be better for me to buy a gs250 from MATSUIYASTORE or whatever it is on eBay for $583.80?
It says its brand new, and i've read about people buying panasonic 3ccd camcorders from that ebay store on I think it was this forum, they have a good reputation.
But it ships from Japan.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 02:16 PM   #131
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Mel, get it from a DV Info Sponsor, they really are the best in the business. It'll be one less thing to worry about.

Click here to see the price for a brand new Optura 50 from B&H Photo.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 12:16 PM   #132
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RAW FOOTAGE from Optura XI

I need some raw footage from the Canon Optura XI.
I would REALLY appreciate it.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 08:57 PM   #133
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I can do that

Anything in particular you'd be interested to see?

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Old June 5th, 2006, 11:52 AM   #134
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Umm, something like indoor footage in the daytime?
And outdoor footage with whatever :)
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Old June 5th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #135
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Umm, something like indoor footage in the daytime?
And outdoor footage with whatever :)
Mel,

Send me an email.

BTW, I'm a bit south of Albany-- down here in the Catskills.

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