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Old March 4th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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Canon HV30 or Canon HG20?

Hello, I am in the market to buy a 2nd cam. I have the Canon XH A1 now and since I don't want to drop another $3k for a 2nd cam, I am looking at the HV30. BUT, then I see the HG20. Do you guys like the HG20? I like the idea of tapeless but am afraid premiere CS3 will have issues. I know the JVC HD7 is a nightmare to work with due to the proprietery file structure it has...TOC. So anyway, this 2nd cam will be used to film weddings and bands as a 2nd cam. I know it won't be as good in low light but my main question is... what are the differences between the HV30 and HG20 besides tape vs. hard drive recording?
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Old March 4th, 2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Besides the tape vs. hard drive it's recording format and imager size,
HV30 1/2,7" and HDV 25 Mb/s vs HG20 is 1/3.2" and AVCHD 24 Mb/s
logically, btw visually I like HV30 footage better, HV30 looks better as B cam for the A1, but
I am in the same situation, and picking 2nd cam for EX1 I chose HF S10 over HC9, which I sold, mostly because of tape recording, and it's great camera for the money,
take a look at HF S10/100, it's double the price, but even looking at the specs only I think it's worth it.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 02:38 PM   #3
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I'd go for the larger sensor (even if it is just slightly larger) if you are filming weddings with somewhat low light. I know my hv20 struggles as it is in somewhat decent light. You won't want anything less than that in my opinion.

As buba suggested, if you have a few extra bucks you might should check out the hf s10/100
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Old March 4th, 2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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thanks guys, i will check out the hfs10, looks impressive, i can't find the hfs100 anywhere, but the 10 is at B and H...not available yet. hopefully it would become available before i need it in a couple months! also, since i'm running premiere pro cs3, i would need to convert AVCHD video. i hate wrestling with that stuff! that is why i have been sticking to tape...but i'm going to get away from it...already did with my XH A1.... got the firestore. nice that i don't have to convert!
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Old March 11th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #5
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after many days of thought i went with the HV30. i still enjoy tape and for what little bit i will use the cam, i don't mind capturing. the quality is still very nice, it's much less expensive and i don't have to worry about encoding AVCHD headaches.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 03:33 PM   #6
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I've got a new HV30 on the way, as of today. This will be the first. Primary use will be for capturing tapes. :)
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Old March 29th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #7
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The HV 30 arrived 2 weeks ago, but I haven't had much time to play with it. I went out and started some testing for a project that I'm going to produce.

Here is a Elapsed Time test shot at 24p. Canon HV30 Elapsed Time Test @ 24p on Vimeo

It came out pretty good, still need to check a few more shutter speeds, but I'm happy so far.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #8
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I'd go for the larger sensor (even if it is just slightly larger) if you are filming weddings with somewhat low light. I know my hv20 struggles as it is in somewhat decent light. You won't want anything less than that in my opinion.

As buba suggested, if you have a few extra bucks you might should check out the hf s10/100
Michael Kraus,

I hereby invite you to see one wedding video which I shot with Canon HV20. It has some low light shot, I would really appreciate if you can go through, here it is: Just Married on Vimeo

Please do let me your reaction after seeing it.

I would really appreciate suggestions and feedback from everybody.

Thanks,
Kaushik
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Old March 1st, 2010, 03:41 PM   #9
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Xha1-hv30-hf100

Does anyone have the XHA1/HV30/HF100 combo?
Looking for some feedback as I use a XHA1 and HV30 combo but would like to buy a 3rd
camera just not sure if its going to be a HV40 or HF100. I would like to try tapeless but just seeing if anyone has any experience with the HF100 and a XHA1 with HV30.

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