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Old June 28th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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Downsizing to XA10 from Z1U

Hi Everyone,

I have been doing some online videos for sometime. I like the size of the Z1U, and its great for TV work but not really superb for online videos for youtube. I have been looking at the smaller cameras like the JVC HM100 and the Canon XA10 with XLR inputs. I have seen both good and bad points about these 2 cameras. Anyone recommend one over the other for online videos? I would like a cheaper camera with XLR inputs.

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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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I would like a cheaper camera with XLR inputs.
I don't think you can find a camcorder with XLRs any cheaper than XA10, and the image quality is definitely better than Z1
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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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I was curious too and asked a guy at the Camera Store in Calgary. He said the XA10 has better stabilization and is better in low light, but that with good light the JVC has the advantage. I've spoken with him a few times and trust his feedback as he makes all the store videos.

That said if you can splash out an extra grand the XF100 sounds like the cat's ***.
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Old September 1st, 2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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I just bought the G10 (same cam, no xlr's as the Canon) but haven't broken it in yet. The specs and low light are supposed to be great. For me, it's a second cam. to my larger Sony. The video from the canon will be great and low light is supposed to be good. The lens is wider angle than most. The manual adjustment features are primarily through a touch LCD which are not optimal if it's your primary cam. You are going to have most of the manual features at your fingertips with the JVC. Plus, look at the differences between the viewfinders alone. But it comes at a price and only you know your usage the best. OTOH, I think the Canon is newer technology and what I've seen out of it was stunning video. It also has 60G onboard memory if that means anything to you. Looks like the mic comes with the JVC, and you need to figure that in the additonal price too if you need to buy one for the Canon. Tough choice.
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